Seven Garífuna fishermen on the northern coast of Honduras prepare their boat, the Bungiu Wama, for a day’s work.
Bare feet move along the sand. Small waves crash. Everything else sleeps.
The men hoist the boat, and carry it toward the sea. Yellow rope, gasoline, and a bucket sit by. Five of them bring over and attach the motor.
One fisherman voices a prayer. Then they push off, jump in, and wake up on the water.
They search for a promising spot. A few lookouts stand, balancing with the waves.
The Bungiu Wama crew needs to catch 80-100 pounds per day. Once last November they brought in 1,500 pounds with one throw—“like having a cow in the net.”
The fish offer a source of nutrition and income. Juan is a pastor with a wife and two kids. Rodolfo is an associate pastor with a wife and four kids. Ronaldo also has four. Pablo has three. In total, they are fathers to more than 20 children.
Three dive in with the end of the net. Fausto, the captain and a grandfather, drives in a large semi-circle, while two men throw, not missing a beat.
They reach the other end, and the rest jump in. The crew pulls and pulls, and the net slowly comes together, collecting fish along the way.
They draw the entire net back into the boat, with their catch flopping along the bottom. Fausto takes them to another area to repeat the process. Lionel sings on and off in his gravelly voice.
They throw in again and again, until the sun is high and bright.
The Bible tells about Jesus cooking breakfast for seven fishermen. He first blessed their work. Then he ate with them. He cared for them. In the Garífuna's language, “Bungiu Wama” means “God with us.”