Bendiciones (Blessings) my friends!
November was another good month in Honduras. The month started with the Sisterhood Revive retreat in Valle de Angeles (Valley of the Angels). I met several new friends from other ministries throughout Honduras, which I greatly enjoyed. The Women of Purpose team that led the retreat did a great job. I really appreciated the focus on worship rather than entertainment that I have experienced elsewhere. We even had a few moments of acappella singing, which always blesses me greatly.
We completed the first trimester of English classes on November 7. During the break, I prepared additional course materials, obtained a television to replace the LCD projector, and rearranged the classroom to accommodate six computer stations. Two of my students added plywood backs to the bookcases so they could serve as dividers between four of the computer stations. They also installed curtain rods and hung curtains over the large windows to prevent visual distractions from the children playing outside.
The second trimester started November 19. My previous two morning classes of teens are now in one class. This allows us to have the morning and afternoon classes both meet for two hours on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, for a total of six hours each week. I still have a one-on-one session on Thursday afternoons. In addition, I have an adult class for two hours on Saturdays.
The first two weeks of classes have gone well. The teens are doing audio lessons for about half of their class time. These lessons are from a Bible-based audio course that I obtained free of charge. The course is specifically designed to help the students speak fluently. We are still reading from the New Testament. The audio course uses the book of Acts, so that is what we are reading in a different translation.
We just obtained the complete 160-lesson international edition of “Learning English with Laughter” from the publisher at a significant discount. My plan for this trimester is to continue with the audio course for half of the teens’ class time and use this new course for the remainder of the time. I will also use this course with my other classes. All classes will continue to read from the New Testament and I will add additional material periodically, as the need arises.
The huge advantage to using this new course is the huge decrease in the amount of time I will need to prepare for each class. I won’t need to spend hours each week preparing my own materials or looking for free prepared materials online.
I plan to use some of that time studying and practicing Spanish, as well as resuming my writing ministry.
I know there are more people who want to learn English and others who want to improve their English skills. So, I will be trying to figure out how to add more classes. Hopefully, we can do that for the third trimester in February.
Please continue to pray for my students and me.
On a personal note, I will be heading for San Antonio on December 17 and will return to Tegucigalpa on December 31. On January 2, I will move to a basement apartment behind Baxter Institute. I am looking forward to this move, especially the little patio I’ll be able to use for my early morning reading and writing!
I thank God for all of you. Your financial support, prayers, emails, and Facebook messages are a great encouragement to me. Thank you for continuing to hold the rope as you partner with me in this ministry.
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I hope you all have a very blessed Christmas season and a wonderful 2013.
Blessings to you all,