Friends and Family,

January 2016 I will be returning to Rus Rus Honduras again for my yearly 5 week trip. I will be traveling there with a group of 10 amazing people, some returning and some first timers. We will be teaching a VBS, along with completing some construction projects that need to be done to the guest house, hospital, and school house. The team will travel back to the states after the first couple weeks and I will stay in Rus Rus for the next 3 weeks preparing for the IHS medical team and event which will happen the last week of my stay there. The IHS team will stay in Rus Rus and will see and treat thousands of patients from all over the La Mosquitia area. I will help during this event where ever I am needed. 

I will be staying with an amazing missions couple, Wesley and Denise Wiles. They have lived in different parts of Honduras for years and have been the first Americans to live full time in Rus Rus. Wesley is a pilot and he plays the role of an ambulance for hundreds of people in the La Mosquitia area. Since professional medical attention is hundreds of miles away, God uses Wesley as transportation for everyone sick and in need. The Wiles keep an open door all year to various short terms missions teams. Denise stays very busy hosting team after team with her cooking, cleaning, and her love for everyone welcomed into her home. 

I'm sure some of you have heard me ramble on about my love for Rus Rus and so many of the people and children there. For those of you who haven't, I will give you the quick version. My first trip to Rus Rus was in 2011 when I was 20. Something about the way these people accepted me, the connection I felt was undeniable. This will be my fourth trip to Rus Rus, but every time I go it feels like I am returning home. Rus Rus is a very small village in the middle of a very vast indigenous area which is called La Mosquitia. There is no convenient store, no cars, no electricity in the village houses, baths and laundry are done at the near by river, rice and beans are usually the only thing on the menu, but you'll never hear anyone complain. People always ask me why I like going to a place like Rus Rus for so long so often, but in my eyes all those things I just named are so beautiful in their own way. On Sunday mornings at church a little 8 year old girl with one hand in my hand and one hand raised up high singing with her eyes closed, or when I see all the children play and laugh for countless hours with a simple tennis ball given to them, that is when I get the privilege to see the beauty and the majesty of this village. God continues to break my heart for what breaks His, so I will keep going back. 

I am so thankful that God has chosen me again and again to be His hands and feet in this place I now call home. I am excited for the work that is to come in Rus Rus. I thank you for making it possible for me to continue doing Gods work in Honduras. I am so blessed to have so many gracious supporters whether it be through prayers or finances. I am thankful for every one of you!

Please follow my journey through my blog https://kenzijackson.wordpress.com.

Blessings,

Mackenzie