Dear Ministry Partners,
As we come to the end of this year, I just want to give you all a quick update to let you know that we completed our final trimester of 2016 in December. The classes went well, although some Saturday students continue to struggle to make it to class every week. They are learning that as your responsibilities increase, you have to make choices and set priorities for how you will spend your time. Some have had to choose between attending a church activity and coming to class. One is usually late because she works Saturday mornings. These are just typical life challenges the students have to deal with. When they are able to come to class, they are very attentive and participative.
October and December were pretty routine months, but November was special for two reasons: we had a mission team come from Nashville and we had a baptism service.
The mission team added a kitchen and dining room to the church building in Mala Laha, a village not far from the city. This new feeding center will be used for a feeding program for the undernourished children in the area.
While the mission team was here, we had a baptism service for five teens in the river at the water park. I always love the baptism services, but what was most striking to me this time was what happened before the service. That morning, Jason (from Harpeth Hills Church of Christ, Brentwood, TN) had preached about the significance of baptism, and he asked us to think back and remember our own baptism. Then, that afternoon, when an elderly man walked down to the river, knelt down, wet his head with river water, and lifted his hands and voice to God, I knew what he was doing. He was remembering that moment when he had become a new creation in Christ. It was a unique application of a sermon.
Thank you for your continuing prayers. Please pray for my students and me as we continue to learn more English and develop individual learning plans for use now and after my departure in July. Please also continue praying for the people of Honduras. Thank you so much!
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Many blessings to you all!
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