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June Update

04 Jul

The month of June went by very quickly. I returned to Tegucigalpa on May 29 and spent the next three weeks primarily focused on curriculum development for the English program I am implementing at Iglesia Misionera de Cristo (IMC). I have completed a draft of the curriculum and am now modifying it to accommodate the three-month vacation for the public school students.

Also during June, the IMC hosted two mission teams from the Harpeth Hills Church of Christ Youth Group from Nashville, TN. Each team was here for one week. I spent a few days with the first team and one day with the second team. During the first week, the team replaced the asphalt on about half of the church parking lot with concrete and tore down the sheet metal panels that served as a house for a family on the outskirts of the city. We also distributed clothing, shoes, and toys to members of about 20 families, and visited the public hospital and a nursing home.

The new house

The new house

The second team built a three-room house to replace the one made of borrowed sheet metal. On the team’s last day here, we visited the public hospital and a nursing home, stopped by the housing site to finish the last wall, prayed for the family that will live in the house, and then distributed food and clothing in the small village of Yaguacire.

I also made three home visits with two women from the church, Evita and Hilda. Evita said she tries to do home visits on either Saturday or Sunday afternoons. I will be teaching on Saturday afternoons and attending a late afternoon worship service on Sundays, but I hope to be able to make some more visits with her.

Except for replacing a borrowed couch and make-shift coffee table, I have completed the furnishing of my two-room apartment. I have approximately 237.5 square feet of living space. The bedroom is about 8.5 by 12.5 feet and the second room is about 10.5 by 12.5 feet. The second room is my combination living room, kitchen, and home office. Although the living space is small, I now have the basic items I need to live fairly comfortably and be productive at home.

Standing room only on Sunday

Standing room only on Sunday

I am doing the curriculum and lesson plan development at home. Once I start teaching, I will try to do all of my class preparations in my classroom between classes and keep my evenings free so I can work on my Spanish, do some stretching exercises, keep up with my laundry, and do some personal reading.

My plans for July are to finalize the curriculum, develop lesson plans for the beginners’ English course, get the classroom/computer lab set up, and work with the mission team from the Sunset Ridge Church of Christ in San Antonio, TX. I plan to start the beginners’ course by the middle of August.

I thank you all for your prayers, words of encouragement, and financial support. Together, we will continue to make a difference in the lives of people in and around Tegucigalpa.

If you would like to provide financial assistance in meeting my expenses in Honduras, you can make a tax-deductible contribution through The Foundation at www.tfofsp.org. The Foundation will pass on 100% of your contributions to me. Please enter “Star Ferdinand” in the Comments box.

Thank you all and may God bless each of you as you strive to do His will.

Star

 
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Posted by on July 4, 2012 in Honduras, Updates

 

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