Woodworkers, by nature, are extremely generous with their skills. Whether it's building projects for loved ones, churches, schools, or a charity auction, we love to put our abilities to use making things better for those around us. Some of us even go great distances to do kind deeds.

Such was the case with WOOD® magazine's publisher, Mark Hagen. He and 14 other men from the Holy Spirit church in Naperville, Illinois, recently returned from a weeklong woodworking mission to the remote (and poor) village of Toyos, Honduras. Mark and a few other woodworkers from the group spent their days building three dining tables, seven benches, three desks, and five storage units at a home for orphaned boys operated by Mission Honduras. They brought their own tools and purchased locally harvested lumber.

"The boys were well-behaved, extremely happy, and surprisingly smart," Mark said. "It was quite a delight when some of the older children pitched in to help...and to learn." This particular facility is rarely visited by mission groups, but that didn't stop the kids from warming up to the visitors. They enjoyed each other's company playing soccer, tossing the football, teaching how to make and fly paper airplanes, and performing magic tricks. These activities usually took place after the kids finished their evening chores and homework.

Other members of the Holy Spirit group performed the back-breaking job of building a foundation for a new dormitory and accompanying sidewalk. The group slept in a cinder block building with very rudimentary bathroom and shower facilities. Although they brought a supply of drinking water, they ate what the kids ate: rice, beans, and corn tortillas three times a day, prepared over an open fire under a lean-to.

Mark sends a special thanks to those who donated tools for the trip: Chuck Harden of Delta/Porter Cable, Bob Varzino of Jet/Powermatic, and Michael Napoli of DeWalt. To learn more about Mission Honduras, follow the link below.