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October Update

01 Nov

I don’t know why time seems to be going by so quickly, month after month, but it certainly does. It seems like October 1 was just a couple of days ago, but here it is already November 1!

My Saturday adult class completed their six-week mini course last Saturday. They all registered for the second trimester, which will include 10 two-hour sessions.

As I mentioned previously, the teenagers will be out of school from mid-November through mid-February. During this time, we will have class three days a week, for two hours each day. All of the current students signed up for the second trimester. This is an excellent indicator that they see value in the classes.

The plan for the next trimester is to have the students spend about an hour each day working on an audio course that uses the book of Acts as its text. We are currently raising money to provide the additional three netbooks we need so that each student will have a computer to use for the audio course portion of each class session.

Thanks to the generosity of ministry friends, one netbook is fully paid for and we have $100 toward the purchase of the second netbook. We need an additional $428 to provide the second and third netbooks. If you would like to contribute toward the purchase of these computers, please send me an email. Your contribution will be tax deductible.

This weekend, I will be attending Sisterhood Revive, a retreat for missionary women in Honduras. I have heard many good things about this retreat, so I am very much looking forward to being there. Women of Purpose, an organization in the U.S., has raised the money to pay the expenses for the retreat.

Next week, we will complete the first trimester for the weekday classes of teenagers and one adult. The second trimester will start on November 19 and conclude February 9.

I will have about 10 days to complete preparations for the second trimester. This will include setting up audio stations in the classroom and preparing six netbooks for use by the students. Two of my students have already put plywood backs on the three bookcases that will serve as dividers between four of the audio stations. They also installed curtain rods for the curtains we will hang up so the children playing outside will not be a visual distraction to the students. Creating the audio stations will require rearranging the room to accommodate the three tables we will use for the frequent periods of instruction I will have during each class session, totaling about half of each session.

My plan is to divide the two hours into eight periods of 12-13 minutes each, during which the students will alternate between the audio lessons and lessons with me. Some research has shown that we learn best at the beginning and end of a study session, so several short periods is better than one long period. My own experience bears that out.

Also during these 10 days, we will be searching for a TV/monitor to replace the LCD data projector. The new bulb (which is not available in Tegucigalpa) we got from the U.S. for the projector lasted two hours. Whether there’s a short in the projector or we had a power surge or there’s something else wrong, I don’t know. Our plan is to get a TV/monitor (probably 25”) and a UPS or premium surge protector to prevent damage from power spikes.

On the personal side, the big news for this month is that I will be moving to a different apartment in January. This is a basement apartment on a quiet street about 10 minutes farther from the church building than my current apartment. I will have the use of a washing machine, which will be a huge time-saver. Besides the washer, I am most excited about the lack of cigarette smoke and about having a small, private patio right outside my door where I can write and study.

In recent weeks, God has been fanning the flames of my desire to write. He planted this desire eight years ago, but my writing ministry has been on hold for the last two years while I prepared for and got settled in my work here. I now feel God telling me it’s time to get back to writing, and the basement apartment seems like an ideal place to do that.

Thank you all for your financial and prayer support!

May the Lord continue to bless you as you sacrifice for the Kingdom and strive to do His will.

Please continue to pray for me, my students, and all those with whom I come into contact. May the Lord bless my daily interactions with my students and others so they will not see me, but will see Jesus working through me!

Star

 
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Posted by on November 1, 2012 in Honduras, Prayer Requests, Updates

 

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