…speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love. Ephesians 4:15-16
I’m so thankful for the diversity of the body of Christ and it blesses me so to be a part and experience how God has placed us together with our specific gifts to accomplish His purpose, to bring His love and kingdom on this earth. The past few months have been a blur of working with students on a new reading program, traveling to conferences in the USA, Nicaragua and Texas…..Isn’t Texas another country?!?…. and, of course, Honduras. We receive from each other when we gather, from fellowship, the Word shared, and encouragement that reignites each other’s visions. Paul’s words were very on point when he commanded the believer not to miss the assembling of the saints.
A couple of weeks ago I was encouraged as I attended the first conference on Special Education by the Honduran agencies. Presenting were speakers from different areas of Latin America and the national director of Special Education for the nation of Honduras. Inclusion was the main topic as the Ministry of Education has decided to improve this area of education. Inclusion currently does not exist here. Currently, a very small portion of those with special needs receive any education and even then the quality is very lacking. But Honduras is stepping out in making this a focus.
I was a speaker at a conference in the mountain villages where over 100 primary teachers attended. We participated with two other ministries and we were well received by the teachers. We shared techniques for education and effectively working with children and also shared the Word of God. What a blessing to be in a nation where that door is open! I’m taking advantage of it! I so appreciate having relationships with other ministries and working together with them, all contributing their God given focus to flow together. The way it is supposed to work.
The most exciting progress that I have had in my work with children is through a reading program that I am translating into Spanish. For 15 years I have thought I would love to have this particular program in Spanish. Well, the time came, through working with a young girl who has autism. It is huge project but I currently have almost half of the first year translated and will have more time to work on this over the upcoming break. I began using it at a village special school and it has been so exciting and rewarding. Several students who are in their teens and have never read are learning. Their excitement in learning is wonderful and the other students are wanting to work more. It is an exciting time. My goal is to write words into the program so the children can quickly begin to read simple scriptures from the Bible. Working with God is so much fun! Pictured aboveis Melvin who received a certificate for completing the first quarter of the first year. He is now about to complete the second quarter. I am so proud of him. We are working with him so they he can attend normal school in the future.
I will leave you with a photo I like of the coast of La Ceiba which I took from the new dock that was built after a storm destroyed the former one last January. The old one had holes all over it and after walking on it several years, I vowed it would be the last time. The new one is beautiful and also is the view to look back at the city. Be blessed! Thank you for contributing your supply in this work. Your part is very important. Thank you for saying yes to God in your giving and prayer.