Departemento de Copan is one of 18 areas (states) in Honduras. Copan Ruinas is a small town in Copan, nestled in a river valley, about 10 miles from the Guatemala border. It has a rich history that dates back to 400 AD when the Mayans inhabited the forest and created an advanced society.
We spent one afternoon at the ruins discovering roots of the Hondurans in this area. It is amazing to think that the Christian Church was already thriving in a place on the other side of the world, unknown to the Mayans who worshiped many gods. Many replicas of the different gods are found throughout the area, including in the central park.
Pupuseri Altolera Licha
Our studies are continuing with daily classes weekday mornings, which include trips to the local businesses to increase our vocabulary, practice our pronunciation and our comprehension. Orbely and Sara, our hard working maestras (teachers) help us understand the culture and practices of the people in Honduras.
Serving in Copan Ruinas
Sara introduced us to an orphanage where God has blessed us with the opportunity to assist the children in the transition to a different facility. The orphanage is combined with a day care center that helps single moms parent their children and learn new relationship skills. The children and staff are so helpful and forgiving as we practice our newly learned language. Mike will have the opportunity to use his building skills, the "Honduran way" and Karen will offer help to the staff psychologist.
Sawyer, Alicia, Joe & Eli
We have a healthy new addition to our family in Wisconsin. Eli Ryder Hanson arrived Tuesday, June 3rd at 7:49 am, 6 lbs 14 oz. My mother, Eris, and I (Karen) were able to spend a week with Alicia and her family. I made a quick stop in Gainesville to pick up a few things then met Mike back in Tegucigalpa to complete special residency paperwork that will allow us to stay in Honduras without having to leave the country every three months. Yeah!
While I was with my daughter, Mike traveled to Orphanage Emmanuel where he worked with the staff taking care of some maintenance issues and taking initial steps preparing for our work there.
Pastor Alvin in Tegus
Mike spent several days with the transition youth exploring life in Tegus. He and Catherine accompanied the youth as they helped Pastor Alvin distribute food to the hungry on the streets and in the mountains.
Please pray with us in thanksgiving for the many blessings God has given:
We thank God for the safe arrival of our new grandson and pray for the family's quick adjustment to the newest addition.
We thank God for safety and good health as we have traveled in and out of the country.
We thank God for the support of friends and family from the USA
We thank God for his faithfulness
We thank God that he has a perfect plan for all his children and praise him for allowing us the opportunity to be a part of his plan
Please lift us and this country up before God with confidence that he hears our petitions and answers faithfully. May his will be done:
Pouring out of the Holy Spirit to bring forward Honduraneans willing to share God's love with the orphans here in Copan by caring for them as their own
Continued strength to persevere when trials become overwhelming
Clarity of vision for following Christ's example to love our neighbors
We ask that ability to learn and retain the Spanish Language
Support for the children a OE who are in the transition program that they may know the hope that comes from trusting in the Lord
We pray that Christian leaders will hear God's call and step forward in this country