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January 2014 Update

30 Jan

Dear ministry partners,

Another month is about to end! Today, the teens in my morning class had an opportunity to tell me the first two stories in our “God Loves the Outcast” course, recite Deuteronomy 7:9 in Spanish, and answer the question “Who is Jesus?” from the paper “Elements of the Gospel.” They need to continue their practice, but they did very well. The first two stories in the course are “God Created Everything” (from Genesis 1:1-2:3) and “God Created People” (from Genesis 1:27-2:25). Today, we started on “The People Disobey God” from Genesis 3. The last story for this term will be “David Becomes King” from 1 Samuel 16 and 2 Samuel 7:10-16.

Most of my students go back to school on Monday. They’ve been on vacation since the end of November. This is their “summer” break. The public schools follow a February-November schedule. The private schools are split between this schedule and an August-May/June schedule.

Mauricio

Mauricio

Junior

Junior

A lamp for the desk

A lamp for the desk

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earlier this month, Mauricio and Junior helped me reconfigure the Internet cables so that we now have wired connections to each of the computers in my classroom. This not only provides a faster connection to the Internet, but also reduces the students’ exposure to the radiation generated by wireless devices. We moved the router and cable modem out of the nursery, since younger children are particularly sensitive to the cumulative effects of the radiation. While we’ll all continue to be exposed to low levels of radiation through the normal course of our lives, this change will help a tiny bit and was not expensive.

I was also able to purchase a desk lamp for each of the three computers at the back of the room. The overhead lights don’t light that area very well. Now, the students can easily see the keyboard and their notes.

Computer lab

Computer lab

 

It is my plan to continue to make the computers available to the students during designated lab times so they can use Duolingo and Anki to review vocabulary and grammar, and practice their listening skills. I also hope that next fall I will be able to offer some short courses on special topics during December and January when the students are out of school.

 

 

We are currently in the first week of our Scripture Memory Challenge. Except for the three students who were absent on the day their classmates signed up to participate, 100% of the students are participating! This will be a great help to them in learning English, but more importantly, will help grow spiritually. They will be thinking about the verses and hiding them in their hearts. The Holy Spirit will bring these verses to mind weeks, months, or years from now when the students find themselves in a situation where they need these words, either for themselves or for someone they are trying to encourage or comfort. We are not just learning the verses in English, though. This is a bilingual challenge! We are learning the verses in both Spanish and English. I say “we” because I am doing this, too. In addition, at least one person in Oklahoma and Jason Pagel’s youth group at Harpeth Hills Church of Christ in Brentwood (Nashville), TN, is also participating. We just might have to work in a little competition when Jason brings two teams from the youth group down here in June! 🙂

The verses we will be learning are from set 1 of the Fighter Verses. If you want to participate with us, it’s not too late to start! Just go to the Scripture Memory page and start memorizing! Don’t worry about not knowing Spanish. The links on the Scripture Memory page will take you to BibleGateway.com, where you can hear the verses in both English and Spanish.

Juan Orlando Hernández was sworn in as president of the Republic of Honduras this past Monday, January 27. I was able to watch some of the ceremony on the Internet between classes. Everything went well. I heard that evening that there had been a protest march, but the marchers weren’t able to get close to the National Stadium, so there was no disruption of the festivities.

As I said last month, every day of peace is a day of thanksgiving for lives saved and another chance to share God’s love with these beautiful and desperate people. Please pray that the peace continues and all parties will come together in a spirit of unity and reconciliation to begin a united attack on the source of the poverty and violence that grips this nation.

I have made good progress on my “to do” list last month an continuing through this month, but there is still much to do. I have made all the necessary reservations for my spring trip. I’m very grateful that I was approved to lease a car from the Grace Corporation in Max, ND. Including the extra travel costs involved with leasing a car so far from San Antonio, I will still save about 50% of what it would cost me to rent a car in San Antonio. I also have confirmed reservations with all of the families who will host me during my trip. This is wonderful!

I have openings on my schedule yet to speak to your groups, large or small, during my time in Texas (April 10-May 18). Please let me know soon if you want to get on my schedule. Fridays, in particular, fill up quickly.

Please continue to pray with me that it will be safe to walk between my home and the church building by this July (one year after One Nation One Day and six months under the new administration), that the areas considered to be hazardous will become safe for everyone.

This month, I am thanking God for seven years of productive and fruitful life following my lumpectomy for breast cancer on January 23, 2007. I trust that He will continue to guide me in His ways and on His path! Thank you, Lord!

I am very grateful for the way God has provided for me during these past 32 months, first in Costa Rica and now in Honduras, through my financial and prayer partners in several states and by protecting my investment accounts from major declines. My accounts are not doing well this month, but I am trusting that God will continue to provide for me as He sees fit in the years to come, wherever He sends me.

If you would like to partner with me financially, please read “Become a Ministry Partner” for details on how to make a deductible or non-deductible gift to help pay for my monthly expenses. Although I am using my retirement accounts to pay many of my expenses in Honduras, I still need to raise an additional $500 a month for my monthly living expenses.

Please remember when you shop online that if you buy through the links on my website, you’ll be supporting my ministry. Amazon.com and ChristianBook.com both pay me a small fee for purchases made through my links.

If you would like to be one of my prayer partners and haven’t signed up for my prayer partners’ mailing list, please do so here: http://eepurl.com/wVcB5.

Now may the Lord of Peace Himself give you peace at all times and in every way. May He grant you the desires of your heart as you seek His desires for you. May God grant you a patient and joyous spirit as you wait for springtime and especially as you wait in anticipation of Jesus’ return. In all things, to God be the glory. Amen!

Please keep praying!

With love from Honduras,

Star

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

 
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