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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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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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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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The new Kindle Paperwhite starts shipping September 30th. You can pre-order now! Prices start at $119.

Your purchase through this link supports my ministry in Honduras. Thank you!

 
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