Dear Ministry Partners,
After a very productive trip to the U.S. during April and May, we resumed English classes on June 2. I really enjoyed seeing my students again and getting back to the task of helping them to learn English.
We are now using the English for Life curriculum that was developed by a former missionary. I like the curriculum and I think the students will, too. My newest students are working on Level 1 while my Saturday students are on Level 2. This is a five-level curriculum, so we have plenty to work on.
Charles Holton, an elder at the Cole Mill Road Church of Christ in Durham, NC, visited us during the second week of June. He was in town on business, but spent several hours visiting with Moises and participants in the education and nutrition programs that have been important projects for him over the past many years. On Sunday, he talked about Luke 2:52 as the basis for the nutrition, education, and discipleship programs. At the end of the service, he presented awards to three students who had been selected by ministry leaders as the three students who best exemplified the qualities of Luke 2:52 as shown by their academic performance, service in the church and community, and spiritual development. I’ve been privileged to have two of those students in my English classes since we started in August 2012!
I dismissed classes for the last two weeks of June while the mission teams from the Harpeth Hills Church of Christ Youth Group were here. Some of my students were in a testing week at their high schools, so they were able to help with the work and practice their English while the first team was here. I spent that week with the team, too. Mostly, I took pictures, but I did get a little bit of physical exercise carrying building materials and cleaning up debris. I also suffered my first injury as a sports photographer (I’m fine now).
The projects for the first week included replacing rotting or termite-infested rafters, studs, and siding in three classrooms (including mine), as well as tearing down a house that the second group would build, beginning some work on the site where the San Antonio team will build a house in July, and painting the inside and outside of a rural church building. Of course, the Sunday afternoon soccer games are an essential part of every trip.
The youth rally Sunday evening was led by our teens. One of my students was the emcee, his brother led the opening prayer, and another of my students presented a lesson that Moises interpreted. The second message was presented by one of the Harpeth Hills students and was also interpreted by Moises.
After the San Antonio team leaves in July, we plan to follow our regular schedule for the remainder of the trimester, which runs through the first week of September.
Thank you so much for your continuing support. Please remember my students, the people of Honduras, and me in your prayers. Currently, there are weekly demonstrations against the president on Friday evenings. Tens of thousands of people are demanding his resignation. Please pray that these demonstrations continue to be peaceful. Please also pray for some more rain. This is the rainy season, but we sure haven’t had much rain. We need to get the reservoirs filled before the dry season comes.
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With love from Honduras,
The Lord replies, “I have seen violence done to the helpless, and I have heard the groans of the poor. Now I will rise up to rescue them, as they have longed for me to do.” -Psalm 12:5