Erin Pettengill is a missionary in La Ceiba, Honduras through Mission to the World (MTW), the mission sending arm of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). I have been a Registered Nurse for over 18 years. My family and I have been here for almost 5 years, and we are involved in Medical/Mercy Ministry, Street Children, prenatal classes, English classes, Kids Club, and Church Planting.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
On my way back from clinic today I drove by one of the many police checkpoints that are in La Ceiba. Their job is to randomly select cars and check for correct registration, drugs, guns, etc. I rarely get pulled over once they see I'm a female and a gringa. Today, my windows rolled up (with DARK tint). Typically I roll my windows down, they see me, wave me on, and I never stop. Today, he pulled me over before he saw me. However, once he saw me in scrubs, with meds in the back of my truck, instead of a normal "where are you coming from....where are you going...can I see your registration" I got, "Where do you work? Do you have any medicine for a cough and cold? Oh...and my wife has a cold too...can you help us out?" What's a girl to do when the police ask? I hop out of the car, and get him what he needs. To make it even more friendly, I asked how many children were in his house, and provided the entire house hold with vitamins. All in a days work!