Volleyball Returns from Honduras Mission Trip

Siloam Springs, Ark. (March 24, 2008) — John Brown University women’s volleyball returned to Siloam Springs on Sunday after spending their spring break vacation on a mission trip to Honduras.

After raising over $25,000 to cover the expenses of the trip, the group of 11 players and four chaperones visited the cities of El Triunfo and Tegucigalpa, which is the capital of Honduras, for ten days. While there, the team assisted with construction projects and visited local families and churches.

“We helped with three construction projects,” said head women’s volleyball coach Robyn Gordon. “We mixed concrete by hand to lay floors in shacks that only had dirt floors. We also built benches for a Sunday school classroom at a local church. And we also ministered to families that lived at the local dump.”

Gordon added that it was also a great experience to see how each situation affected every player differently.

“The highlight of the trip was to see this team grow and mature,” said Gordon. “It was a really neat trip for them to get to know one another and to be able to see the Lord work through them.”

Gordon said that the team also had a chance to go to a local beach, visit several attractions, and shop for souvenirs. There is, however, one thing she learned about the Honduran culture that she won’t soon forget.

“We were supposed to have a volleyball camp,” said Gordon. “But when we gave the kids the volleyballs, they immediately put them on the ground and started kicking them around.”