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June 2015 Update

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

Charles Holton

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!

 

Working on the roof

Working on the roof

Loading the old wood

Loading the old wood

Teamwork

Teamwork

A little bubble blowing

A little bubble blowing

Long-time friends

Long-time friends

Soccer is essential

Soccer is essential

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.

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 July 4, 2015 in Honduras, Prayer Requests, Updates

 

March 2015 Update

March 2015 Update

Dear Ministry Partners,

Another trimester has come to an end. It’s hard to believe that time can go by so quickly. I once heard someone say that time seems to go by as fast as we are old, so that at age 10, time seems to move at 10 miles per hour; and at age 50, it seems to move at 50 miles per hour. That really seems to be true.

Classes went well this month. My students are improving, step by step. I have some new things to try during the next trimester for both levels of students. I’m looking forward to seeing what works well. My goal is to arrive at a curriculum that a non-native English speaker could teach without an on-site native speaker and get good results. With today’s technology, I think we can do that. Earlier this month, I received all the materials for a curriculum that was successfully implemented in Brazil by a team of native and non-native English speakers. I’m hoping to be able to make that the foundation of our curriculum and integrate into it a few of the things we’ve been doing.

We had a group of visitors from San Antonio here for a few days this month. It was great to see Paula and Mike again, and to meet Todd, Nathan, and Wade (sure hope I got those names right)! It was the first time I heard Mike’s story as he preached at the IMC on March 8. The sound of the “asherah poles” breaking around the room was pretty cool as people decided that even though their asherah poles may have shaped their past, they would not shape their future as they live their new life in Christ.

The highlight of the month, though, came two weeks later, as 11 more people, including one of my students, were baptized at the water park. It was a wonderful afternoon!

Choosing to break the asherah pole and live his new life in Christ

Choosing to break the asherah pole and live his new life in Christ

Praying for the baptismal candidates

Praying for the baptismal candidates

Marlon

Marlon being baptized

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am currently packing and tying up loose ends here in preparation for spending April and most of May in the U.S. Please pray for a restful and renewing time for me. If you want to get together and you’ll be in the San Antonio area between April 26 and May 16, send me an email or Facebook message. I’d love to see as many of you as I can!

Thank you so much for your continuing support. Please remember my students, the people of Honduras, and me in your prayers.

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 referral 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 March 28, 2015 in Honduras, Prayer Requests, Updates

 

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February 2015 Update

How are you?

How are you?

I know February is a short month, but it seemed to be really short! My new students completed the second unit of the new curriculum. I am still tweaking the lessons during class, as I realize there’s something they should learn before the next planned topic. Fortunately, I usually have slides or worksheets from the past to help with those “spur-of-the-moment” changes.

All of my students are doing well–learning something new during each class and practicing what they’re learning. I’m enjoying watching my new students become more confident in answering oral questions. I’ve been asking “why” a lot, in an effort to get them to think about their answers and to be able to explain why they answered the way they did. This not only helps them to gain confidence, but it also helps me to understand what I need to clarify for them.

My Saturday teens completed the “God Loves the Outcast” course and the adults will do so on March 7th. For the rest of March, those classes will work on several short topics. They will start a longer-term course when we resume classes in June.

The final day of classes for this term will be March 26. The next term will start during the first week of June, after I return from a trip to the U.S.

We will have some visitors from San Antonio for a few days in March. Also, two of my students are scheduled to be baptized! So, March should prove to be an exciting  month!

Thank you so much for your continuing support. Please remember my students, the people of Honduras, and me in your prayers.

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 referral 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 March 6, 2015 in Honduras, Prayer Requests, Updates

 

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January 2015 Update

It is difficult to believe that January is already over, but it is. We are a third of the way through the first trimester already! We’ve had our first exams and the students did well.

Between classes, I am continuing to develop lessons and materials for the new curriculum. I am adjusting lesson plans almost daily, based on my students. By the end of the year, I hope to have a 70 hour course for beginners that has been tested by two classes of teenage beginners. We are focusing on the A1 and A2 levels in the Common European Framework for foreign languages. I don’t know if we can complete the A2 level in just 70 hours, but we’ll definitely be making progress toward that goal.

I have started planning for my spring trip and am working on my tax return. Don’t forget to do yours! If you want me to speak to your large or small group, I will be available between April 27 and May 16 only. Please tell me now if you want me to save a date for your group.

That’s all for now. Thank you all your continuing partnership in this ministry!

Please continue to pray for an end to the violence in Honduras.

As you do your online shopping, please be sure to use the links on my website to support my ministry through your Amazon.com and ChristianBook.com purchases. Amazon.com and ChristianBook.com both pay me a small fee for purchases made through my links.

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 (NLT)

 
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Posted by on February 5, 2015 in Honduras, Prayer Requests, Updates

 

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December 2014 Update

Dear Ministry Partners,

It’s New Year’s Eve. Wow! 2014 will be over in just a few hours, and we’ll be starting a new year. I am grateful to God for this past year and am excited to see what He’ll do with this new year.

The new year of English classes starts on Saturday. I know I’ll have some new students, but I don’t know yet which classes they’ll be in. Hopefully, they’ll all have completed the registration form by Friday afternoon.

My continuing students will continue with the course “God Loves the Outcast.” They will complete that course during this trimester. The new students will be the first students to use the curriculum I have been working on off-and-on for the past year. It’ll be interesting to see which pieces work well and which need to be altered. Hopefully, we’ll end the year with a good curriculum for beginners in Latin America.

Please join me in praying for all of my students as we prepare for another year of study. May God guide each of us as we seek to follow the path He lays before us.

Thank you for your faithfulness throughout 2014.

With love from Honduras,

Star

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.-Romans 15:13 (NIV)

 
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Posted by on December 31, 2014 in Honduras, Prayer Requests, Updates

 

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November 2014 Update

Dear Ministry Partners,

The highlight of the month of November was the International Conference on Missions in Columbus, OH. I attended the pre-conference that was exclusively for missionaries, as well as the general conference. The conference theme was “Vertical.” What does that mean? If we strengthen our vertical relationship (with God), it will overflow into our horizontal relationships (our ministries). The conference came at a great time for me, as I really needed to refocus. I still have much to think and pray about as a result of the many workshops I attended. I am very grateful for God’s provision in making my attendance possible!

One of many workshops

One of many workshops

An ICOM main session

An ICOM main session

The Wall of Unreached People Groups

The Wall of Unreached People Groups

 

 

 

 

 

 

Veronica and Star

Veronica and Sta

After the conference ended, my hostess took me to Parkersburg, WV where I was well-taken-care-of by several Women of Purpose (WOP) team members. I had dinner with several of them the first night, lunch with Terri the next day, and dinner with Kay that night.All the meals I had in Parkersburg were excellent. I had steak twice and grilled salmon once. At the first dinner, I met Veronica, whose incredible story I shared on Facebook. If you missed it on Facebook, you can read it here.

Terri also took me to Wal-Mart and the Family Christian Store. Kay took me to Books-a-Million. I greatly enjoyed my day and a half in Parkersburg.

Those women really know how to take care of missionaries, something I first discovered at the retreat they conducted in Honduras in November of 2012. So far, that’s the only one I’ve been able to attend, but it is an annual event for women missionaries in Honduras. They had somewhere around 115 or 120 missionaries attend this year.

Star and Jo Ann

Star and Jo Ann

My hostess in Reynoldsburg/Columbus was Jo Ann, whom I met for the first time when she picked me up at the airport in Columbus. However, we had been Facebook friends since 2012, when she sponsored me to attend the WOP retreat in Honduras. Jo Ann, her husband Mike, and their dog Sami were great hosts.

The night before my return to Honduras, I gave a presentation at the Reynoldsburg Church of Christ, where Mike and Jo Ann attend. I enjoyed doing the presentation and it went well, until we ran into one technical issue with the presentation software. That was resolved and I continued. There were several questions afterwards, and the people seemed to be genuinely interested.

I was very blessed by all the people God put in my path during those two weeks (and the months leading up to them) in the States. I have discovered over the years that I really do have family everywhere I go. I thank God for each brother and sister He arranges to cross my path!

The rest of the month was occupied with more English classes. We are approaching the Christmas break, and the teens are out of school until the second week or so of February. This is their equivalent of the summer break in the U.S. We will have about 13 days off from English classes and then we’ll start the first trimester of 2015!

Brother Moises is currently in the process of interviewing and selecting new students. I have many lessons to prepare for next year, but I am looking forward to the new year and working with both my current students and my new students.

Praises

  1. Great conference
  2. Successful presentation
  3. New friends and contacts made at the conference

Prayer Requests

  1. For God to bring the students to my classes whom He wants in my classes.
  2. That my current students will continue their good work and keep pressing on to the end of the term.

As you do your online shopping, please be sure to use the links on my website to support my ministry through your Amazon.com and ChristianBook.com purchases. Amazon.com and ChristianBook.com both pay me a small fee for purchases made through my links.

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.

Thank you so much for your continuing prayers!

I hope each of you has a wonderful, joyful, and peaceful Christmas season as we all celebrate the birth of our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ!

With love from Honduras,

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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October 2014 Update

Dear Ministry Partners,

Yet another month has flown by, so it’s time for another short update.

Missionary Day Apart

Missionary Day Apart

The highlight of this month had nothing to do with my classes or my students. This past Wednesday, Schools of Hope and The Honduran Fellowship of Missionaries and Ministries co-sponsored the second annual “Missionary Day Apart” here in Tegucigalpa. It was a day of fun, teaching, encouragement, fellowship, and prayer. Several missionaries said they felt as if one or more of the messages were specifically for them.

I took pictures throughout the day, but I was still able to enjoy myself, get encouraged, meet some new people, and get some food for thought. The day ended with a powerful time of prayer for each missionary individually.

As I look forward to the International Conference on Missions in November, I anticipate a lot more encouragement, new friends, food for thought, and powerful prayer times. I also expect to be challenged.

One other high point in October occurred as I was waiting at the church gate for my taxi one afternoon. A young Honduran man was walking by and stopped to talk to me. He spoke fairly good English. In our three or four minute conversation, he thanked me three times for being here. It was a nice end to the day!

English classes continued this month as scheduled, with the exception of a few days when my teen students couldn’t come because of school activities. I used that time to work on a presention I will be doing in November. We didn’t have any exams this month, but I know the students are making progress. Next month, we will have exams and again in December.

As this year quickly approaches it’s close, please pray for my students and me to finish strong!

Praise Reports

Thank you all for praying for rain. One of the two main reservoirs for the city was full last week and the second was almost full. We’ve had more rain since then, so I would guess that both are now full. This is wonderful, since we will be transitioning into the dry season during the month of November. Hopefully, the water we have now will be enough to make additional water rationing unnecessary.

Prayer Requests

  • That God will bring me the right students for new classes in January.
  • That God will continue to guide me as I prepare new English lessons and my mission presentation for November.
  • That He will help my students to finish this school year strong.
  • That God will continue to provide for my financial needs.
  • That I will hear whatever God wants me to hear during my time at the International Conference on Missions and will respond accordingly.

As you do your online shopping, please be sure to use the links on my website to support my ministry through your Amazon.com and ChristianBook.com purchases. Amazon.com and ChristianBook.com both pay me a small fee for purchases made through my links.

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.

Thank you so much for your continuing prayers!

With love from Honduras,

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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Posted by on November 1, 2014 in Honduras, Prayer Requests, Updates

 

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September 2014 Update

My dear ministry supporters,

September has passed already! Wow! This year is certainly going by quickly.

We successfully completed our second trimester on September 13. During the one-week break between terms, I focused on preparing the presentation I will do in November. I have more work to do on this. God has graciously given me ideas and a great story to tell.

On September 22, our final term of the year started. Several students chose not to continue with classes this term. This is a voluntary program for all of the students, so I know some students will dropout along the way, for a variety of reasons. We will start enrolling new students in December for classes that will begin in January.

I’m continuing to work on lessons for the new beginning students. I have made good progress, but there is much more to do. I still hope to finish by Christmas, but it’s going to be difficult.

We had more rain in September than we’ve seen in many months. Still, we are very short on water. Please pray for more rain.

The highlight of the month was September 28, when eight teens and two adults were baptized in the river at San Matias. It was a great day. The teens and children enjoyed the chance to swim or play in the water. I enjoyed the chance to be out of the city and to take pictures. Photography used to be a hobby for me, but it’s been years since I’ve had any time for it. Hopefully, I’ll have another opportunity in the near future. In the meantime, enjoy this sample from the baptisms:

 

Prayer Requests

  • That God will bring me the right students for the new classes.
  • That God will continue to guide me as I prepare new English lessons and my mission presentation for November.
  • That God will send us more rain.
  • That He will help my students to finish this school year strong.
  • That God will continue to provide for my financial needs.

If you shop at Amazon.com or Christianbook,com, please be sure to use 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.

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.

Thank you so much for your continuing prayers! I miss you and look forward to seeing you all soon.

With love from Honduras,

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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Posted by on October 10, 2014 in Honduras, Prayer Requests, Updates

 

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August 2014 Update

Dear Ministry Partners,

August was a fairly routine month. Classes continued as scheduled, and I made significant progress in developing the new beginners’ course.

We had a few days at the end of August when it rained in the evenings. Hopefully, this is the beginning of the end of the drought that has taken a severe toll on many crops across the country, resulting in higher prices at the supermarket, as well as shortages.

The highlight of the month was the dedication of the house we built in July with the mission team from Texas, Florida, and Tegucigalpa. I had not seen the house with the door and shutters installed, so it was nice to see the finished product.

Our World Race team of seven women arrived the afternoon of August 31. They will be participating in many of the church’s ministries throughout the month of September. If you’d like to read about the team members and follow their blogs, please check out the World Race website.

Prayer Requests

  • For my students to maintain their focus as we approach the end of this term.
  • For the rains to continue.
  • For the health and safety of the World Race team and Spirit-led ministry throughout September.
  • For the Lord’s guidance as I prepare a presentation for my November trip.

 

Remember, 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.

Also, 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 Honduras,

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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Posted by on September 10, 2014 in Honduras, Prayer Requests, Updates

 

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July 2014 Update

Dear ministry partners,

Last time, I told you we had another mission team after our two Tennessee teams. This team consisted of three Texans and one Honduran-Floridian. We also had a few excellent local workers to help us.

The first project was to build a new house for Prospiro. We finished the house very quickly, so we had time to paint it, also. Junior and friends have now built and installed the door and window shutters. The house blessing is scheduled for August 24, so I’ll be able to get pictures of the door and shutters then.

The second construction project was to build a tiny house for Manuel. His old house was a shack that was in terrible condition. We only had one morning to work on it, but Mauricio and Eliezer completed the work the next week. Moises told me that Manuel is very happy because this is the first real house he’s ever lived in.

Moises and Maria

Moises and Maria

 

We also made a few home visits, including one to Maria Ponce, who is now 89. She was very thin and frail, but in good spirits.

 

 

 

English classes have resumed and will continue until the middle of September. Then, we’ll have one week off before starting another term.

We are looking forward to the September 1 arrival of our second World Race team. We will host a team of seven women. They have been in Latin America since January. Please pray that they will have a safe and successful month of ministry here.

Tegucigalpa is still very much in need of rain. Please pray for gentle, soaking rains. We don’t need  floods, but we definitely need rain.

That’s all the news for July. Remember, 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.

Also, 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 Honduras,

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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Posted by on August 16, 2014 in Honduras, Prayer Requests

 

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