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Mitchell serves families in Honduras

Friday, December 7, 2007  
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By Jeremy Schofield

Barrie Mitchell has spent much of her life in Honduras, although her parents are not missionaries, and she is not native to Honduras.

Mitchell has gone to Honduras on mission trips throughout her whole life, and this past summer and fall semester, she went and lived in Honduras for nearly half a year.

“I lived in Tegucigalpa with Amber Foster,” Mitchell said. “She’s an OC grad who is on her fourth year of missionary work in Honduras.”

Mitchell became interested in Honduras when she was 7 years old and went with Memorial Road Church of Christ on a spring break campaign. Since then, she has been hooked on Honduras. Mitchell’s visit to Tegucigalpa this summer was trip 15.

“I was there from June to October of this year,” Mitchell said. “While I was there, I did an independent study for Spanish.”

Mitchell is a Spanish and psychology major with the hopes of moving to Honduras and starting a psychology office for children or abused women.

She wants the women to understand how they are to be treated. She hopes to meet their spiritual and emotional needs.

“My parents paid for the trip,” Mitchell said. “Dudley Chancey paid for room and board.”

Chancey is the primary reason Mitchell got involved in missions and Honduras. Chancey organizes the Memorial Road trip to Tegucigalpa.

“[Barrie] is one of the hardest working people I have ever taken or sent to Honduras,” Chancey said. “She has a heart for the people in Honduras, especially the poor people.”

While in Honduras, Mitchell and Foster started a women’s Bible study and taught a children’s Bible class. In the summer, Mitchell helped organize youth groups coming on mission trips to Tegucigalpa.

“The trips to Honduras are involved in helping build houses, build churches, setting up medical and dental clinics and VBS,” Chancey said.

When there were no Bible classes to teach or houses to build, Mitchell and Foster would play with the children in the town.

At the end of the day, they would bring about fifteen children back to their house to spend the night. Since these children did not have running water, they would all take turns taking showers and asking where the water came from.

“The kids would always ask us to take them to the grocery store where they would want to play ‘the game with the carts,’” Mitchell said. “I didn’t know what they meant at first until I realized that shopping was a game to them because they got to play in the shopping carts.”


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