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March 2014 Update

26 Apr

Dear ministry partners,

I am currently in the midst of a two-month trip to the U.S., but I want to give you an update for the month of March.

During the month, we completed the trimester of English classes and hosted a mission team from CompassionMed International. Class days were fairly routine; however, the final exams were different. This time, there were two oral components: telling me one of four Bible stories and answering one of four questions included in “Elements of the Gospel.” Most of the students had a little difficulty with these oral components, but they did quite well. We will continue to work on these activities during the rest of this year. We will learn four more stories during the next trimester and will continue to work on “Elements of the Gospel.”

Listening to the patient describe the problem

Listening to the patient describe the problem

The highlight of the month was definitely the week the CompassionMed team worked with us. They examined and treated over 700 patients, and distributed over 40,000 vitamins, 1200 toothbrushes and tubes of tooth paste, and 2,000 doses of anti-parasitic medication. The team also distributed food packages to at least 20 families. The first few days were spent in Tegucigalpa, but then we headed to Nacaome, a little town more than an hour south of the city. We conducted medical clinics in Nacaome and two nearby villages (Hondable and Los Torres).

It was certainly hot there, but everyone was well-hydrated and performed well. Most of the team members are students or faculty members of the University of North Carolina.

As you can see in the photos, Junior, one of my English students, was a good helper. He helped Vicente (our bus driver), loaded and unloaded luggage and equipment, handed out anti-parasite medication and instructed the patients to chew the tablets, tried his hand at translating at the triage station, helped control patient flow, and practiced his English.

In a few weeks, students will register for the summer term, which starts June 2. I’m looking forward to spending time with my students again as we work together to improve our abilities to speak another language. We can do it!

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 $400 a month for my 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.

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

Thank you so much for continuing to pray!

With love from the USA,

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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