But the path of the just is like the shining sun,
That shines ever brighter unto the perfect day. Proverbs 4:18
June is here! That means it is time for the rains. Hallelujah….maybe some relief from the heat! I know those in the States are now ending their school year but here in Honduras we are in the middle of ours. The public school year calendar is February through November so no vacation planning here. I have been in the midst of evaluations, translating lessons into Spanish and making learning activities and materials for the teachers.
Before I go on further, I do want to share a bit of great news. In my last blog entry I wrote about a little girl at one of the schools I go to. She had broken her arm and needed surgery to put in pins and plates for her arm to heal. The family is very poor and were unable to pay the amount required to the social hospital. They were without any options and the child, Yenory, came to school with her arm wrapped in scarves and knotted. After that visit, I made a call to a doctor friend here, another missionary, who told me that he had pins and plates that someone had donated and that he could take care of the medical needs. We have been so excited! God is good. He makes a way for every need we have. Below is a picture of Yenory. She has her scarf on her arm but not for long.
Seems like it is the time for babies. Several babies of friends and church family have arrived this past month. Another addition to the church may be arriving today. Noe and Laura Sordo who are called as missionaries to Indonesia and are in their time of preparation have been patiently waiting for their first, Adrian to arrive. As I write this I am waiting to hear the news. Laura and Noe will need to learn English and I will be helping with that but right now I excited to meet the one who will be the youngest of their future missionary team. To add to the baby arrivals, Dottie, my dog, had her puppies the other night. When the first one came it shocked her and she did not know what to do. I think she was relieved to have “whatever that was” out of her and she just wanted to sit on the pillow. I, on the other hand, was also shocked to have just noticed the puppy, sack and all with attached placenta, sitting on the porch floor. I felt like Prissy on “Gone With the Wind”. Even though I’ve had four myself, they weren’t puppies and I was panicking thinking the thing would die before I could figure out how to get the sack off. He was so slippery and I think he may have fallen a couple of times, not too far, as I tried to pick him up. After what seemed like ages, Dottie followed me to the prepared birthing box as I called it, jumped in and somehow figured out what to do with me helping. The other five came easily and now she is the best dog Mom I have ever seen. She is so proud and so attentive. I was planning on selling all of them to raise money for the ministry. However, one of them is all white and it is tempting to keep her. Right now she looks like a little piglet and I was thinking of the name Charlotte. We will see………. But they are all adorable.
Our Saturday group in Porvenir is expanding. We have been averaging 5-6 kids. This is a group that is for children with special needs in the village of Porvenir, about 20 minutes west of La Ceiba. Another Honduran teacher and I work with the children on various basic skills. Yesterday we had 19 children. We had a blast, working with Unifix cubes, making letters with pipe cleaners and enjoying a story about Clifford, the big red dog. Some parents even stayed to hear the story that was read. That group is such a joy. They are able to experience learning games that are common in the States, but to them it is a huge treat! I have been wanting to expand this group into one or two weekdays but was waiting to replace the tires on my truck as they were on their last days and I drive through places that would not be good to be there stranded. The money for the tires has been donated. Praise God. I should have my tires by this week and I will be able to go more places. In fact, I have a new school that I will be traveling to on Tuesday. Thank you for your prayer and financial support. You who give make this possible. My heart is full of thanks and appreciation for your generosity and obedience to the voice of God. You are making a difference in other’s lives