Greetings in the name of our Lord!
May was an interesting and enjoyable month, as we dealt with a flash flood, completed the English school year, and I began my spring trip to the U.S.
May 1 is Labor Day in Honduras. Since the schools were closed, Moises invited me to join him and some teens in preparing and delivering food packages for some families in Yaguacire. He also asked me to take some pictures of the children in the nutrition program, as well as their mothers. I took photos of each child alone and of the children with their mothers.
The next evening, there were severe thunderstorms in the Tegucigalpa area. Around 10:00 p.m. water was running down the wall below my living room window. After moving everything away from the window, I put on a poncho and went upstairs to let Moises know I had serious water leakage. When I got upstairs, water from the street was rushing through the living room into the kitchen. It went downstairs to my patio. Since the patio drain was clogged, the water had no place to go except under the door to my apartment.
I went back downstairs and tried to unclog the drain. The water started going down again, but not very fast. After most of the water had receded, Moises and I took out 18 gallons of water from my bedroom. The next day, I measured the debris line at 5″ on the patio and 2.25″ on my refrigerator.
I was grateful the refrigerator continued working. Apparently, the motor housing was well-sealed, because its bottom was definitely in the water. Over the next several days, I gradually cleaned things up.
Moises told me they had never had water inside the house before. He tried to clean out the patio drain, but it seemed like something was in the pipe that was keeping the water from draining out. On Saturday (May 4), some men from the water company went over to Baxter Institute to check the drain pipe where it empties into the gutter. I was in class, so I didn’t see what was in there, but Moises told me they pulled some stuff out. The drain works great now.
After that excitement, a calm final two weeks of the trimester was much appreciated! May 18 was the final day of classes for the trimester and our school year.
Registration is currently in progress for the next trimester, which starts July 22.
Two nights before leaving for the U.S. I discovered that my bed was a victim of the flood water. Apparently, moving the bed when it was wet caused the center support panel that keeps the two drawers in place to pull out from the sideboards. One sideboard is bowed out, so the center panel can’t stay in place and the support pieces to hold the mattress are now too far apart to support the mattress. In other words, my bed is broken. It’s repairable, but I did not have time to fix it before I left, so I slept on the floor the last two nights. Hopefully, I can fix the bed quickly once I return.
On May 20, I began my spring trip to the U.S. I arrived in San Antonio that night and spent several days in the area. The highlight for me was my presentation to about 20 women at my home church, Westside Fellowship, in San Antonio. I enjoyed doing the presentation and the women were appreciative and said it was good. Several of them told me they plan to fast and pray for One Nation One Day on July 20!
On May 30, I flew to North Dakota to see my mother, my brother, and some friends and ministry partners. It was a short visit, but it was so good to see everyone. It was especially good to see Tom Smesrud, healthy after his 10-month battle against throat cancer! I am grateful to God for His faithfulness in walking Tom and Julie through this battle.
In a couple of days, I will fly to Florida to visit some friends, meet The Foundation staff, and do a presentation for a small group, before returning to San Antonio for a few days. God willing, I will return to Tegucigalpa on June 24. The bilingual small group I will be leading will have our first meeting on June 30. We will host a mission team from the Sunset Ridge Church of Christ for a week in July before English classes start on July 20.
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With love from Honduras,
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The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. -Psalm 18:1