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.
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.
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!
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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