By Paul Franchois
For five days in June, my wife, our 22-year old daughter and I had the privilege of participating in the daily life of our daughter Gaby, who has been a volunteer for the Punto Corazon in Tegucigulpa, Honduras since October of 2012. We got to experience first-hand the charism of hospitality and friendship from Padre Jose and Gaby’s sisters and brother of community: Araceli, Marion, and Nicolas. We prayed, cooked, broke bread, and laughed with this loving team, whose spirituality is a beacon of God’s love in the community they serve.
Trailing Gaby during visits with families, in both desperate shacks and neat concrete homes, through the winding streets and staircases of this hilly neighborhood surrounding the Punto Corazon, we were struck by the always affectionate and welcoming Honduran people, whose devotion to family and friendship is unmatched. It was evident from the many greetings in the streets, how the work of the Punto Corazon is treasured in this community.
Above all, the hugs and laughter of the “colonia”’s beautiful and affectionate children stay with us. There are constant struggles in this neighborhood to maintain food, clothing and shelter, sometimes overwhelming parents and children. But in the end, it was we, who are materially blessed, who were enriched by the witness of Christ’s grace supporting his family through the constant love flowing between the residents of the Punto Corazon and their “colonia”.