Praise God for the month of June! It was a good month. After my trip to the States in April and May, it was good to be back home. We started a new term of English classes, which will run until the middle of September, minus three weeks for mission teams.
After our first two weeks of classes, we dismissed for two weeks so the students and I could spend time helping the two mission teams from Harpeth Hills Church of Christ in Nashville, TN. The first team arrived on June 17th. They worked on a couple of construction projects, distributed food and clothing, visited a boys’ home, visited the public hospital, and held a youth rally at the church building.
Several students set up tables for distributing clothing and toys. Included with the clothes were some books. I was allowed to take a few for my classes. Nancy quickly skimmed through one of them. The rest of the group started tearing off a roof so they could replace it.
The next project was to put in a concrete roof over part of a house in Yaguacire and lay a concrete floor in the room below the new roof. Some of us also delivered a few food packages in the area.
The second group from Harpeth Hills arrived June 24. This week’s activities included moving all construction materials (sand, gravel, bags of cement, lumber, siding, and cinder blocks) to a small work site that was, by Moises’ estimate, about half a mile down concrete steps. This, of course, means it was a long walk back up the steps. A small group stayed at the church building to distribute clothing and food packages. Another small group went to one of last week’s sites to finish putting on the new roof.
We also visited PREPACE, which is a day care and rehabilitation center for children with cerebral palsy. I had never been there before and found it very interesting. That afternoon, the group split up. Some helped with after-school activities for the kids at the Compassion International project at the church building. The rest of the team went back to work on the little house.
On the final heavy work day, the team moved 400 cinder blocks from the river up to the church building in Mala Laja. It was uphill all the way. Everyone worked hard and did a great job. One group also distributed clothing and food packages.
The youth rally Sunday evening was my personal highlight of the week as three of our teens gave their testimonies, including two of my students, Fanny and Junior. I enjoyed the singing, too, especially Matthew leading everyone in “My God Is So Big.”
All in all, it was a very productive two weeks. Many people were served, challenged, or encouraged. We look forward to working with next year’s teams. Thank you, Harpeth Hills!
As the second team flew home, my students and I were back in the classroom for a week. Personally, I needed the time to recuperate before the arrival of the next team! I’ll tell you about that week next time.
There’s a huge need in Tegucigalpa for rain. This is the rainy season, but we’ve had very little rain. Please pray that we start getting normal rainfall very soon. I read this week that the bean crop is expected to be only 20% of normal and other missionaries have noticed a shortage of beans in the stores. For most Hondurans, beans are a major part of their regular diet because they’re cheap. I don’t think there is a cheap alternative for them.
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With love from Honduras,
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