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January-March 2017 Update

Dear Ministry Partners,

View from my apartment

View from my apartment

Well, another trimester is over. The timeclock is moving very fast. I will only be here for one more trimester! Then, I’ll be returning to the U.S. to help immigrants.

This was a fairly routine trimester. Everyone is continuing to learn more vocabulary and expressions, and improving their listening comprehension and speaking fluency. It’s difficult for them, due to the lack of practice opportunities, but I still see improvement.

During the trimester break, I will be in the U.S. I hope to gather information about apartments and try to determine what general location I should live in, at least for my first few months. I also want to sit in a few cars that are on my shopping list, so I can eliminate any models that don’t seem to fit me well.

In addition, I’m looking for some books for my students, so they’ll have something in hard copy to use after I leave. Hopefully, I’ll either find something in stock in San Antonio, or will be able to get something shipped from Amazon in time to arrive and get packed before I return to Honduras.

As you may recall, my website was hacked several weeks ago. I have restored everything, but if it happens again, you can always read my updates on the Foundation for Missions blog.

Please continue praying for my students, me, and the people of Honduras. Thank you for your never-failing support!

If you shop online, please be sure to use the links on my website to support my ministry through your Amazon.com and ChristianBook.com purchases. Both sites pay me a small advertising fee for purchases made through my links. It doesn’t cost you anything extra.

Also, if you would like to partner with me financially, read “Become a Ministry Partner” to get the details on how to make a deductible or non-deductible gift to help pay for my monthly expenses.

Many blessings to you all!

With love from Honduras,

Star

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

 
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Posted by on April 26, 2017 in Honduras, Prayer Requests, Updates

 

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October-December 2016 Update

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.

Carrying the tin for the roof

Tin for the roof

Maneuvering the tin inside the gate

Getting tin inside gate

Good safety practice

Good safety practice

 

 

 

 

 

 

Putting the roof on

Putting the roof on

View from outside the fence

Outside the fence

 

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.

 

 

Remembering his baptism

Remembering

Thanking God

Thanking God

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.

Pre-baptism message

Pre-baptism message

Teen baptism

Teen baptism

First communion

First communion

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

If you shop online, please be sure to use the links on my website to support my ministry through your Amazon.com and ChristianBook.com purchases. Both sites pay me a small advertising fee for purchases made through my links. It doesn”t cost you anything extra.

Also, if you would like to partner with me financially, read “Become a Ministry Partner” to get the details on how to make a deductible or non-deductible gift to help pay for my monthly expenses.

Many blessings to you all!

With love from Honduras,

Star

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

 
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Posted by on December 31, 2016 in Honduras, Prayer Requests, Updates

 

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August-September 2016 Update

Dear Ministry Partners,

Marlon reading from the Bible

Marlon reading from the Bible

Another trimester has ended! Time continues to march on. Let me just give you a quick update. We completed the second trimester of 2016 last Saturday. On Monday, we’ll start the final trimester of the year.

One class will complete level 2 in the curriculum early in the trimester and then begin, at the students’ request, a study of prayer. Two other classes will probably complete level 2 at the end of the term. The level 1 class should finish level 1 at the end of the term.

With only three trimesters left before I leave Honduras, all of my classes will be working hard to learn as much as they can during each trimester. Before I leave, the goal for each student is to have a personal plan for continuing to improve their English skills, even if they don’t have a native English-speaking teacher in residence to help them.

Please pray for my students and me as we work through this year’s final term. We need to stay focused on our lessons and helping each other.

Please also continue praying for the people of Honduras. Thank you so much!

If you shop online, please be sure to use the links on my website to support my ministry through your Amazon.com and ChristianBook.com purchases. Both sites pay me a small advertising fee for purchases made through my links. It doesn’t cost you anything extra.

Also, if you would like to partner with me financially, read “Become a Ministry Partner” to get the details on how to make a deductible or non-deductible gift to help pay for my monthly expenses.

Many blessings to you all!

With love from Honduras,

Star

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

 
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Posted by on September 23, 2016 in Honduras, Prayer Requests, Updates

 

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April-July 2016 Update

After a 10-week trip to the U.S., I returned to Honduras in the middle of June. During my time in the States, I visited family and friends, and talked with various people about possibilities for future ministry in the U.S. I really enjoyed my time in the States, but it was good to get back home.

I returned in time to meet some new friends from Nashville and renew acquaintanceships with others from the Harpeth Hills Church of Christ. It was an enjoyable time for me and it gave my students another opportunity to practice their spoken English. They always enjoy opportunities like this. In addition to the usual construction, food and clothing distribution, soccer tournament, and youth rally, for the first time, water filters were distributed to several rural families.

Building a new room

Building a new room

Installing a water filter

Installing a water filter

Water filters ready for distribution

Water filters ready for distribution

Sorting clothes for distribution

Sorting clothes for distribution

Youth rally

Youth rally

Soccer tournament

Soccer tournament

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We began our second trimester of English classes during the last week of June. Two weeks later, the mission team from Sunset Ridge Church of Christ in San Antonio arrived, and we dismissed classes for the week.

This time, we rebuilt a house that had burned down about 15 months ago and also conducted medical and dental clinics at the church. It was another great week of mission work.

Dental clinic

Dental clinic

The new house

The new house

Inside the new house

Inside the new house

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now, we are back to our regular class routine. We will continue working with the English for Life curriculum, along with supplemental materials from multiple sources.

Please continue praying for my students, the people of Honduras, and me. Thank you so much!

If you shop online, please be sure to use the links on my website to support my ministry through your Amazon.com and ChristianBook.com purchases. Both sites pay me a small advertising fee for purchases made through my links. It doesn’t cost you anything extra.

Also, if you would like to partner with me financially, read “Become a Ministry Partner” to get the details on how to make a deductible or non-deductible gift to help pay for my monthly expenses.

Many blessings to you all!

With love from Honduras,

Star

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

 
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Posted by on July 29, 2016 in Honduras, Prayer Requests, Updates

 

January – March 2016 Update

Dear Ministry Partners,

We successfully completed the first trimester of 2016! We began the trimester with no new students and ended with four new students. Actually, three are former students and one is completely new, but knows some English. I also agreed to take a new student at the beginning of the next trimester. She will join an existing class.

One of my new classes just started at the beginning of February, so we only completed two modules instead of the usual three. The other new class has two college students who had to stop classes previously because of their university schedule.  Now, they are able to come again, so, after consolidating two other Saturday classes, I was able to get the two college students into a new afternoon class. They just started level two. This is keeping me on my toes, as I only have two classes that are usually on the same lesson. The others are always on different lessons. I am enjoying the variety.

Field trip to the supermarket

Field trip to the supermarket

How much is it?

How much is it?

The big highlight of the term for my classes was our first field trip. My adult class was working on the Food module, so Moises took us to a mall. We took turns answering questions in English from the Christian version of the Ungame on the way to and from the mall. At the mall, we ate in the food court. Moises prayed in English and then we all conversed in English. That was the rule of the day.

 

After lunch, we went downstairs to the supermarket. I gave each student their own shopping list. Although the lists overlapped, there were some unique items on each list. The students had to find each item and record the price. Each list also had one item the student was to bring to me, which I then purchased.  I followed them around them the store to make sure they didn’t have too much trouble finding everything and to make sure they spoke to each other in English. They did a very good job! On the way back to the church, they told me that it was a good activity and I should use it for future classes, so I will try to do that.

Message to candidates

Message to candidates

William's baptism

William’s baptism

Time to enjoy the river

Time to enjoy the river

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outside of class, the even bigger highlight of the trimester was the baptism of another of my students, along with his younger brother.  It is customary to have a picnic after the baptisms and then a little fun time in the water for the kids. It was a wonderful Sunday afternoon!

We have had a great start to the year, and I look forward to the next two trimesters. First, though, I will be taking my spring trip to the States. I will return just a few days before the next mission team arrives. I’m looking forward to meeting some new folks and getting reacquainted with others. We’ll then be back in class for two weeks before the San Antonio mission team arrives. It should be a good and productive summer, both in and out of the classroom.

Please continue praying for my students, the people of Honduras, and me. Thank you so much!

If you shop online, please be sure to use the links on my website to support my ministry through your Amazon.com and ChristianBook.com purchases. Both sites pay me a small advertising fee for purchases made through my links. It doesn’t cost you anything extra.

Also, if you would like to partner with me financially, read “Become a Ministry Partner” to get the details on how to make a deductible or non-deductible gift to help pay for my monthly expenses.

Many blessings to you all!

With love from Honduras,

Star

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

 
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Posted by on April 10, 2016 in Honduras, Prayer Requests

 

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November 2015 Update

Dear Ministry Partners,

You may be tired of me saying that time sure flies, but I’m saying it again. The older I get, the faster it seems to go. So, here we are. November has come and gone. The end of another year is speeding toward us. Before it gets here, I want to update you about November.

I made a quick trip back to Texas for two weeks at the end of the month. I really enjoyed my time there. It was a true vacation, as I completed my lesson preps before I left. It was wonderful.

During the rest of the month, we continued our English classes. The students are continuing to make progress. The Level 1 students learned house vocabulary, how to describe the rooms in their houses, the parts of the body, and how to tell a doctor what body part hurts, what kind of pain it is, and when the pain started. The Level 2 students continued expanding their vocabulary for weather and clothing and practiced talking about the weather and what kind of clothing one should wear in different weather situations.

In December, we will wrap up the final modules for the year. Level 1 students will finish the “Body” module and then do some review activities. Level 2 students will do a “Leisure Activities” module, in which they will expand their vocabulary and practice talking about what they like or don’t like to do in their free time.

How to write a paragraph

How to write a paragraph

In addition, from December 3-February 3, we will have an extra course for the teens. We will spend two hours each week just working on understanding and writing paragraphs. Hopefully, this will help them to not only write better paragraphs in English, but also in Spanish. We will be working our way through a book from Scholastic Publishing that was written by some teachers who created and tested the lessons in their own classrooms. The book is written completely in English, so we will go through it together.

We will begin our new English school year in January. I don’t know yet if I will have any new students. Several people asked about classes during this year, but that doesn’t mean they’ll actually sign up and attend. I’ll have to wait until January to find that out.

Please pray for my students and me as this year comes to a close. We need to stay focused on our lessons and helping each other.

If you shop online, please be sure to use the links on my website to support my ministry through your Amazon.com and ChristianBook.com purchases. Both sites pay me a small advertising fee for purchases made through my links. It doesn’t cost you anything extra.

Also, if you would like to partner with me financially, read “Become a Ministry Partner” to get the details on how to make a deductible or non-deductible gift to help pay for my monthly expenses.

Many blessings to you all!

With love from Honduras,

Star

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

 
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Posted by on December 9, 2015 in Honduras, Prayer Requests, Updates

 

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October 2015 Update

Dear Ministry Partners,

It’s difficult to believe it’s November already! Another year is fast approaching its end. So, I want to give you a brief update.

How to write a paragraph

How to write a paragraph

The English classes have been in full swing since September 24. My Level 1 students are making good progress in learning basic vocabulary, and asking and answering questions. I discovered that they have not learned to write paragraphs in their regular classes. Consequently, they don’t know how to write a paragraph in English.

I was not expecting this, but I have a plan for improving the situation. From December 3 through February 4, each class session will be two hours instead of one. During the extra hour, we will work through the lessons in the book “Paragraph Writing Made Easy!” The Honduran school year runs from February through November, so my students will be able to come to the extra classes. I’m hoping this works out well. If they can write a good paragraph in English, they’ll be able to do so in Spanish. Paragraph writing is a skill that will benefit my students throughout their university careers and beyond.

My Level 1 students will begin Level 2 in January. My current Level 2 students should complete that level at the end of March and will begin Level 3 in July.

That’s all for now. Please continue to keep my students and me in your prayers as we complete this year of study.

If you shop online, please be sure to use the links on my website to support my ministry through your Amazon.com and ChristianBook.com purchases. Both sites pay me a small advertising fee for purchases made through my links. It doesn’t cost you anything extra.

Also, if you would like to partner with me financially, read “Become a Ministry Partner” to get the details on how to make a deductible or non-deductible gift to help pay for my monthly expenses.

Many blessings to you all!

With love from Honduras,

Star

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

 
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Posted by on November 4, 2015 in Honduras, Prayer Requests, Updates

 

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September 2015 Update: English Classes and Dengue Fever

Dear Ministry Partners,

Let me catch you up on a few things that have happened since my last update.

We completed the second trimester of English classes for this year. After our week off, we will continue with the third trimester, ending a few days before Christmas. Please pray for my students and me, that we will finish the year strong.

The A/C works!

The A/C works!

After a few weeks without it, we have a working air conditioner again! Apparently, a hose sprung a leak after it got kinked during preparations for replacing the roof. We really need the A/C because we have to keep the door closed when there are children playing outside the classroom. The fan we have just doesn’t do a good enough job. So, it’s a great blessing to have the A/C working again!

The last big thing that happened was my bout with a mild case of Dengue Fever. My adult students, Moises, and I all thought I had Chikungunya, which has similar symptoms. The CBC showed I had leucopenia (reduced white blood cell count), which is a hallmark of Dengue, not Chikungunya. So, my doctor told me to continue taking acetaminophen, drinking lots of liquids, and resting at home. That did the trick, and I am now ready to resume classes tomorrow. I am still tired, but otherwise feeling fine.

I think that’s all for now. I hope you’re all doing well and enjoying your fall weather.

Thank you so much for your continuing support. Please remember us in your prayers. We have had some rain this week, but we still need more so the reservoirs will be filled before the dry season comes in December.

If you shop online, please be sure to use the links on my website to support my ministry through your Amazon.com and ChristianBook.com purchases. Both sites pay me a small advertising fee for purchases made through my links. It doesn’t cost you anything extra.

Also, if you would like to partner with me financially, read “Become a Ministry Partner” to get the details on how to make a deductible or non-deductible gift to help pay for my monthly expenses.

Many blessings to you all!

With love from Honduras,

Star

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

 
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Posted by on September 23, 2015 in Honduras, Prayer Requests, Updates

 

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July 2015 Update

Dear Ministry Partners,

July was another good month here. In addition to the English classes, which are going well, we also had a mission team here from San Antonio. Some of our teens and young adults joined in on different days as we built a house and painted three classrooms.

Raising a side wall

Raising a side wall

 

Because of the location, we had to build this side wall first and then lift it into place. This was also necessary for the back wall.

Building an interior wall

Building an interior wall

The family

The family

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We didn’t have English classes during this week, and some of the teens had the week off from high school, so they were able to work with us for part of the week. It was great to have them with us, including a few of my students.

A grandmother, her daughter, and two granddaughters will live in the new house. They were very happy and excited.

The house

The house

We completed the building, painting, and wiring of the house in three days.

On Friday, we painted the three classrooms that had been remodeled in June. Each of the classrooms is now about two feet wider and have one new wall and a new ceiling. A little more work still needs to be done in my classroom, hopefully before the end of August.

Overall, it was a very good week, and I really enjoyed seeing my Texas friends again.

We resumed English classes and will continue for the rest of the trimester with, I think, only one interruption on a Saturday in August so that I can attend a conference in Tegus.

Thank you so much for your continuing support. Please remember us in your prayers. The weekly demonstrations against the president are continuing. Please pray that these demonstrations continue to be peaceful. We still need more rain so the reservoirs will be filled before the dry season comes in December.

If you shop online, please be sure to use the links on my website to support my ministry through your Amazon.com and ChristianBook.com purchases. Both sites pay me a small advertising fee for purchases made through my links. It doesn’t cost you anything extra.

Also, if you would like to partner with me financially, read “Become a Ministry Partner” to get the details on how to make a deductible or non-deductible gift to help pay for my monthly expenses.

With love from Honduras,

Star

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

 
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Posted by on August 11, 2015 in Honduras, Prayer Requests, Updates

 

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