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Family buys hut next to sponsored child
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Posted on 11/08/2013 8:31:01 AM PST by Gamecock

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — Greg and Lisa Nillson of East Texas started sponsoring Carlita from Honduras in June. Two months later they bought the hut next door to where Carlita lives.

“This is a key relationship for us,” says Greg. “We don’t want a long-distance thing. We want to do life with this family.”

The Nillsons’ new hut, which cost them a few hundred dollars, is made of wood planks and pieces of scrap tin. Greg brought his camping equipment and they are busy becoming “part of the neighborhood” with visits every couple of months. Lisa is planting a garden and hosting a weekly “girls’ night out.” Greg is fixing up the hut and wants to organize a neighborhood work day to clean the place up.

“It could look a lot nicer around here if everyone just pitched in,” he says optimistically.

Carlita, their sponsor child, fled the first time she saw them.

“She just didn’t recognize us,” says Lisa. “We look different in the photo we sent her.”

Carlita’s mother Fabiola was surprised to see the Nillsons at her door one morning. They invited her to their “house-warming” party.

“I’m not sure what ‘Save the date’ means,” says Fabiola in Spanish, still puzzling over the perfumed invitation card.

Lisa says Carlita’s family has been “a little stand-offish and that’s fine. They want to know if we’re in this for the long haul, and rest assured, we are.”

Greg is still trying to keep the roof from leaking during tropical downpours, but “standing in the doorway seeing Carlita walk off to school each morning makes it all worth it.”

He also says he’s getting to know Carlita’s father, who hangs around the hut most of the day.

“I want to start an accountability group with the guys in the neighborhood and really get into each others’ lives,” Greg says.

The Nillsons have been seen peering through the fence in the play yard at school, waving at Carlita.

“My friends say, ‘Tell your sponsor parents to go away. It’s annoying,’” says Carlita, who prefers receiving occasional care packages to the new, closer contact.

The Nillsons often drop by her hut, twenty feet away, offering cookies and wanting to forge relational connections with Carlita’s family. They are quietly considering buying the entire neighborhood and starting an HOA, to put basic living standards in place.

“A good HOA won’t tell you what color to paint your house, but prohibiting use of the main pathway as a latrine might serve us all well,” says Greg.

The Nillsons say they will fight through every difficulty, for Carlita’s sake.

“Making this our second home is our way of saying, ‘You mean more to us than just a monthly contribution,’” Lisa says. “We’ve put our stake into the ground. This is real.”

For their part, Carlita’s parents are considering moving to the other side of the neighborhood and hoping the Nillsons won’t find them.



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1 posted on 11/08/2013 8:31:01 AM PST by Gamecock
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To: Gamecock

Hey! This is fun! Let’s pretend we’re living in the 3rd world. No problem, as long as we can go back home on weekends to de-lice.


2 posted on 11/08/2013 8:35:16 AM PST by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: Gamecock
For their part, Carlita’s parents are considering moving to the other side of the neighborhood and hoping the Nillsons won’t find them.

Haha, Carlita's parents have a sense of humor. The Nillsons are determined to do good. There is NOTHING more determined that do-gooders, or good-deed doers, a la Wizard of Oz.

I wonder if the Nillsons hand out birth control stuff.

3 posted on 11/08/2013 8:35:58 AM PST by cloudmountain
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To: Gamecock
I only WISH, HOPE and DREAM FOR every liberal do-gooder be made to do the same in excruciating specificity.
4 posted on 11/08/2013 8:36:51 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: Cowboy Bob
Hey! This is fun! Let’s pretend we’re living in the 3rd world. No problem, as long as we can go back home on weekends to de-lice.

How rude!!

But funny! :o)

5 posted on 11/08/2013 8:36:54 AM PST by cloudmountain
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To: Gamecock
“I want to start an accountability group with the guys in the neighborhood and really get into each others’ lives,” Greg says.

Good luck. I hope they take kindly to that.

6 posted on 11/08/2013 8:37:09 AM PST by CMB_polarization
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To: Gamecock

You need to post a satire warning. I read about half of this before I realized it LOL.


7 posted on 11/08/2013 8:38:05 AM PST by Black Agnes
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To: Gamecock

Busybodies. Go home and send the check!


8 posted on 11/08/2013 8:39:06 AM PST by mlizzy (If people spent an hour a week in Eucharistic adoration, abortion would be ended. --Mother Teresa)
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To: Gamecock

That shack would cost at least 100 grand on Manhattan.


9 posted on 11/08/2013 8:39:38 AM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Gamecock

I was praying that this was satire! lol!


10 posted on 11/08/2013 8:40:01 AM PST by Marie (When are they going to take back Obama's peace prize?)
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To: Impy

And then what would the property taxes be, LOL


11 posted on 11/08/2013 8:40:38 AM PST by nascarnation
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To: Gamecock
The Nillsons’ new hut, which cost them a few hundred dollars, is made of wood planks and pieces of scrap tin. Greg brought his camping equipment and they are busy becoming “part of the neighborhood” with visits every couple of months. Lisa is planting a garden and hosting a weekly “girls’ night out.” Greg is fixing up the hut and wants to organize a neighborhood work day to clean the place up.

“It could look a lot nicer around here if everyone just pitched in,” he says optimistically.

 

A real Whiskey Tango moment if ever I saw one. What's next? Central A/C and a swimming pool out back? Hey, the Nillsons could get lots of people to pitch in if they just cleaned out their fridge here in the states and brought the leftovers from last week down to Honduras. That'd feed a family of 5 for like a month, right?

Hoo Boy.

12 posted on 11/08/2013 8:41:17 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: mlizzy

more than a bit creepy


13 posted on 11/08/2013 8:41:31 AM PST by jneesy (rough seas make skillful sailors)
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To: Gamecock

Oh. You (bleep).

I just noticed the source.

You bleepity bleep. Got me good. For sure. And plenty others I see.

lololol


14 posted on 11/08/2013 8:43:11 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

This is the second Lark News of the morning and I couldn’t put my finger on the hustle with the pastor’s draft ... but now ...


15 posted on 11/08/2013 8:45:37 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: Gamecock
Carlita, their sponsor child, fled the first time she saw them.

Smart kid.

16 posted on 11/08/2013 8:47:44 AM PST by RetroSexual
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To: Gamecock

Ummm, you are doing it wrong!


17 posted on 11/08/2013 8:49:57 AM PST by CSM (Keeper of the Dave Ramsey Ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: knarf

I like a good fooling once in awhile. But watch and see: Someone always gets offended and runs whining to the mods who adds (SATIRE) to the title so the thin skins here will be vindicated.

~sheesh~


18 posted on 11/08/2013 8:52:20 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Gamecock

They are quietly considering buying the entire neighborhood and starting an HOA, to put basic living standards in place.

***

Love this line, especially with the word “quietly”.


19 posted on 11/08/2013 8:53:28 AM PST by pax_et_bonum (Never Forget the Seals of Extortion 17 - and God Bless Americad)
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To: Marie

if it wasn’t satire, it would be taking stalking to a new level haha


20 posted on 11/08/2013 8:54:13 AM PST by Bulwyf
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To: Gamecock
This is hilarious.....thanks for posting this ;-D
21 posted on 11/08/2013 8:57:02 AM PST by liberalh8ter (The only difference between flash mob 'urban yutes' and U.S. politicians is the hoodies.)
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To: Gamecock

The equivalent here in the US of A is “I’m from the Obama Administration and I’m here to help.”


22 posted on 11/08/2013 8:57:21 AM PST by veritas2002
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To: veritas2002

Good luck Nillson’s. They do realize that they have just become the winter solstice feast for the village?

I know it’s satire.


23 posted on 11/08/2013 9:03:45 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz ("Senator Cruz basically made the Democrats fight for a whole bunch of things that they already had.")
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To: Gamecock
We want to do life with this family

In Honduras, life does YOU!

24 posted on 11/08/2013 9:07:58 AM PST by Dalberg-Acton
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To: Gamecock

Sounds like the beginning of an episode of “Locked Up Abroad” I recently saw.


25 posted on 11/08/2013 9:18:12 AM PST by pabianice (LINE)
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To: Gamecock
The last line is a killer:

For their part, Carlita’s parents are considering moving to the other side of the neighborhood and hoping the Nillsons won’t find them.

26 posted on 11/08/2013 9:30:54 AM PST by Night Hides Not (The Tea Party was the earthquake, and Chick Fil A the tsunami...100's of aftershocks to come.)
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To: Night Hides Not
This is my fav: “I’m not sure what ‘Save the date’ means,” says Fabiola in Spanish, still puzzling over the perfumed invitation card.
27 posted on 11/08/2013 9:32:26 AM PST by Gamecock (Many Atheists take the stand: "There is no God AND I hate Him.")
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To: Impy
that shack would cost at least 100 grand on Manhattan.

LOL!

28 posted on 11/08/2013 9:33:26 AM PST by cloudmountain
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To: Gamecock

Creepy. Very creepy.


29 posted on 11/08/2013 9:33:40 AM PST by SolidRedState (I used to think bizarro world was a fiction.)
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To: Gamecock
Dementia. Full blown f'ing dementia this country suffers from collectively.

"Let's play "weekend shanty hut occupants"

I have news from them, the way things are going it may soon be a permanent way of life. Right here. In the good ol' US of A.

30 posted on 11/08/2013 9:34:55 AM PST by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: Gamecock
Wow, what superior human beings! I hope those Honduran savages realize all they have sacrificed to bring them to enlightenment!

Having said that, I think they have their priorities out of order. Buying it all up and starting an HOA is fine, but first these folks need is to bring true, life-saving changes to their safety and security.

And I think we can all agree, that begins with declaring the settlement a Nuclear Free Zone.

31 posted on 11/08/2013 9:36:36 AM PST by Kenton
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To: Marie

Oh my god-—this is satire? How bad is it that it never even crossed my mind that it was not real? I KNOW people who would do this. And they’d brag about it like they are really culturally sophisticated.


32 posted on 11/08/2013 9:36:51 AM PST by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: Gamecock

Shouldn’t a good satire have something in it, somewhere, that’s just so over-the-top it can’t possibly be true?


33 posted on 11/08/2013 9:37:53 AM PST by NorthMountain
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To: Cowboy Bob

lol. Great satire, and not much of a stretch. A friend of mine who works for an ngo in Haiti says getting “Orphan” status for one’s children is something of a cottage industry for people at the top of the hierarchy. Many of the so called “orphans” are actually children of politicians, doctors, and lawyers who have discovered it is an excellent way to supplement their income.


34 posted on 11/08/2013 9:37:56 AM PST by flying Elvis ("In...War, the errors which proceed from a spirit of benevolence are the worst" Clausewitz.)
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To: riri
>> I KNOW people who would do this.

I bet they look like the couple in the picture.

35 posted on 11/08/2013 9:39:41 AM PST by NorthMountain
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To: Gamecock

I like this story better: http://www.larknews.com/archives/5370


36 posted on 11/08/2013 9:41:14 AM PST by FourtySeven (47)
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To: NorthMountain

You mean there’s not?


37 posted on 11/08/2013 9:41:26 AM PST by Gamecock (Many Atheists take the stand: "There is no God AND I hate Him.")
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To: NorthMountain
Shouldn’t a good satire have something in it, somewhere, that’s just so over-the-top it can’t possibly be true?

Really, in a sane world this should be pretty way over the top.

Except we are so over the bend, it's entirely plausible.

38 posted on 11/08/2013 9:42:43 AM PST by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: Gamecock

Not that I can see ... seriously ... re-read the thing with that annoying, slightly lispy, pseudo-british “NPR Accent”.


39 posted on 11/08/2013 9:49:11 AM PST by NorthMountain
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To: riri

In a sane world, it would be the plot for a ridiculous slapstick comedy film.


40 posted on 11/08/2013 9:50:37 AM PST by NorthMountain
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To: Gamecock

Satire is not humor when it is indistinguishable from the real.


41 posted on 11/08/2013 10:03:46 AM PST by Born to Conserve
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To: Born to Conserve

So just maybe it is real!


42 posted on 11/08/2013 10:20:13 AM PST by Gamecock (Many Atheists take the stand: "There is no God AND I hate Him.")
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To: Gamecock
He also says he’s getting to know Carlita’s father, who hangs around the hut most of the day

I always tell people that the thing the rich and the poor have in common is that they both get to stay home all day.

43 posted on 11/08/2013 11:00:48 AM PST by BRK
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To: Responsibility2nd

Got me, too. I’ve known people who think they can waltz in and solve other countries’ problems. It was too real!


44 posted on 11/08/2013 11:45:16 AM PST by married21 ( As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.)
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To: HarleyD

Inspiring, isn’t it?


45 posted on 11/09/2013 4:45:35 AM PST by Gamecock (Many Atheists take the stand: "There is no God AND I hate Him.")
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To: Gamecock

LOL!!!

My wife and I had a good laugh.

Still....a fresh coat of paint can do wonders. :O)


46 posted on 11/09/2013 7:13:24 AM PST by HarleyD (...one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved.)
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