Wow! It’s October already. The current trimester will be over in just a few short weeks. The Saturday adult beginner’s class started on September 22. This is the largest class (6) and has the greatest range of prior knowledge of English, so it should prove to be an interesting experience for all of us.
The other exciting news for September is that I finally received my residency ID card (carnet de residencia). I am officially authorized to remain in the country until August 27th of next year as a Honduran resident. Then, I will pay about $20 to get my card renewed for another year. This means that I will not have to leave the country to get a tourist visa renewed every 90 days. That would get expensive very quickly. Now, I’ll be able to just go back to the U.S. once or twice a year and won’t be forced to go at any particular time.
Speaking of travel, I have completed the logistical arrangements for my trip to Texas in December. My plane ticket has been purchased and rental car paid for. I will be staying with friends during the entire trip. I also have housing commitments for my three-week trip in May. I thank God for the friends He has put in my life who are willing to help meet these needs.
We were using Moises’ LCD projector in every class, but the bulb burned out, so we’re now using a 15” computer monitor as a temporary substitute. Moises was not able to find a replacement bulb and was told they are not available in Tegucigalpa. So, we are waiting for a friend from San Antonio to arrive at the end of October with a new bulb. God continues to provide friends to help with the “little things” that can be challenging here.
Using a monitor is OK for the first two rows of students, but for the students in the last row, it’s definitely a challenge. So, I have been reworking the slides to make them easier to see from the back.
I am still working on a textbook for my beginning English classes. I don’t have much time to devote to it, but I’m trying to get a little more done each week. I hope to use pieces of the textbook for my current classes as I complete the chapters.
I look forward to hearing from you, either on this page, or through email or Facebook.Thank you all for your words of encouragement, financial support, and prayers. You are my partners in ministry here in Honduras and I thank God for each of you! I ask for your continued prayers on my behalf.
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Please keep my students and me in your prayers. Thank you. To God be the glory! Great things He has done!
Blessings to you all,