Praises and Prayer Requests
We are grateful for all your prayers and feel blessed to be in a place to witness to God's faithfulness.
How great is the Lord, how deserving of Praise
September, A Special Month
The first week in September, we traveled to Orphanage Emmanuel where we received a warm welcome from the staff and children. We spent some time firming up our plans to move into our home there. We are looking forward to beginning the next part of our journey the first week in December.
In Jeremiah 29:11, The Lord told Jeremiah "I know the plans I have for you... plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." He also has plans for each one of us, offering us hope and a future filled with promise in a new life with Christ.
It is our prayer that by helping God's children at Orphanage Emmanuel prepare for their future through vocational training, guiding in counseling, teaching and modeling of Christian family values, we are honoring God's plan for our lives and are helping the children discover God's plan for them .
September 10, the day all of Honduras celebrates children. There are piñatas, balloons, candy, presents, and lots of attention. At the orphanage in Copan, each child was paired with an older student from the Mayatan Bi-lingual School for a huge party with games, prizes, pizza, cupcakes and soda. There was a surprise visit from a clown who painted faces.In Copan Ruinas, at central park, there was music, games, and more piñatas. Each school had their own celebration.
September 15 is Independence Day for Honduras, all the businesses are closed but the actual celebration begins on Friday night with a parade and the crowning of Princess Copan Ruinas. The parades continued throughout the weekend with the final one commencing around 10:00 on Monday morning. The rhythm of the drums reverberates throughout the town as the children process lined up by schools and grades. Teachers march along and parents either follow along on the sides or move from one vantage point to another to see their child pass by. There were a few dignitaries at the beginning, a couple of floats at the end. The park was packed full of families from Copan Ruinas and the surrounding villages and countryside. Venders sold food and drinks typical of this region. What a celebration!
The last week in September we attended and participated in the annual Sustainable Honduras Conference (previously known as Project Honduras) a conference for NGOs to meet and share information. The focus this year was Collective Impact, in other words, How can we work together to make a difference not just in the lives of those we help, but in Honduras? During the three days of workshops and presentations, we met and talked to people from orphanages all over Honduras. We also made contacts with organizations that help orphanages connect with resources in Honduras such as help for special needs, government and non-government agencies, and legal advice. It was a very full, valuable three days.
The Rainy Season Is Here!
Praises & Prayer Requests
Thank you for all your prayers and support. We would not be able to do this without them. Please continue to keep us in your prayers.
Half Way There
We have reached the half way mark to the nine months we allotted for learning the Honduran Spanish. Just like "waiting" for a new baby, sometimes it seems as though we will never get there and at other times the days fly by and we wonder how we will be ready in time. As we look forward with anticipation to beginning work at Orphanage Emmanuel we thank God for continuing to bless us with this time in Copan Ruinas. We thank him for his grace and mercy. We thank him for sending us out with his light to guide our path. We thank him for the many people who have crossed our path on this journey. Each has been a gift that has made an impact on our time here. We serve an awesome God!
Everyone Is A Vender
Sitting in our classroom at La Escuela de Español Ixblanque, the market place comes to us through the open windows as the venders walk around town selling whatever they can: tortillas (usually corn), pan (“bread”), nances (small yellow cherry looking fruit), snow cones, wall hooks fashioned out of old pieces of metal, firewood gathered with a machete and carried on thin shoulders or horseback, and everywhere children selling dolls made from colorfully dyed cornhusks.
This particular hombre above reminds me of the Fuller Brush man who used to come door to door when I was a child. Every street has a dozen open doorways where families sell clothing, bottled water, odds and ends, snacks, eggs, tortillas or other necessary items. Every other doorway is a repair shop, internet shop or cellular phone store. Opportunities to buy are plentiful but few have Limpira (Honduran money) to spend.
Surrounding Copan Ruinas
Recently we visited La Pintada, one of many Chorti Maya villages, located above the Copan River on the side of a mountain outside Copan Ruinas. It is only accessible by hiking or by horseback. La Pintada, like most of the Chorti villages, is a subsistence, farming village growing mainly corn and beans in small plots of ground cleared, cultivated and harvested by hand. They supplement their meager income by selling colorful manteles (table runners, placemats, tortilla cloths), bufandas (scarfs), and other simply woven articles (bracelets, belts, purses etc.) as well as the colorful cornhusk dolls made by the women and children. Frequent summers of droughts and low tourism have made their survival marginal. In some villages, where it is not possible to grow crops, the men and boys walk for hours to work for others, usually receiving food for payment. Houses are made from tin and wood, some with thatched palm roofs. There is a government built public school (with electricity) in the village staffed by three government provided teachers. Many people here have less than a sixth grade education. The children learn early that to eat, one must first work.
This particular village is directly across the river from the Mayan Ruins in Copan and has stellaes (monuments erected by Mayan royalty to show power and to mark the boundaries of their territory). If you look closely, you can still see the features of a frog, an ancient fertility god, in this 2000-year-old stone carving.
We Have Moved, But Not Very Far
As our language skills and knowledge of the area have increased, we have taken another step in immersion, lliving more independently. We recently moved from living in one room of a family’s home on the outskirts of town to living in a two-room apartment above a family in town. With the help of our maestras (instructors/friends) we have settled in to doing our own shopping for food, cooking, laundry, etc. Our new family consists of Señora Rosita and her husband Señor Rudolfo, their daughter Gilda, her son Christian, and a new addition, Frodo (a one month old puppy). Rosita and Rudolfo cater partys and gatherings of many kinds. Gilda teaches kindergarten at the Mayan Bilingual School where her son will attend 4th grade starting in two weeks. We have the opportunity to practice our Spanish every day as we walk through their main living area to go in and out of the house. Even though we live in town now, water is still rationed every three days and electricity comes and goes as it does all over Honduras.
More and More
the churches local industry helping new friends
community events the market place feeding the children
Prayer Praises and Requests
Praises: Please join us in praising God for all the blessings he brings as we strive to be obedient to his will.
Requests: Please keep us in your prayers
Semana Santa (Holy Week)
He is risen! Alleluia! He is risen indeed!
Iglesia = Church
Casa = House
Servicio Domestico = Cleaning, Cooking and Laundry Help
Prayer Praises and Requests
Departure Date: Monday, 3/10/2014