I have marveled this month over the amazing creation of God and His thoughts, (not being anywhere close to mine). Yet, He humbles himself to help me understand things I cannot begin to understand. On Facebook I have been posting these sunrises. I get purely excited when I wake up at before dawn and it is dark outside, because I know it is a cloudy morning, and I will have a front row seat to experience the great white canvas God has prepared. While I wait He is heating up the colors on His palette He wants to release and then within a matter of minutes He jets them across the eastern sky. While I am snapping away with my camera phone, I realize that there is only a few who get to be there for the Grand Premier Showing. At first I feel sorry for all the ones who slept right through this spectacular display of colors. Then it hit me that I sleep right through so many wonderful “coincidences”, that God brings my way when I am wide awake and supposedly functioning at full capacity.
We have had a lot a storms around here this Month. Many are electrical storms, but most are intense rains coming off the feeder bans of the hurricanes that you all were experiencing in the States. Tremendous amounts of water were being dumped over our mountain and over all the country of Honduras. Floods were abounding, even on our mountain village. Usually the water drains by morning, but not this time. Water was standing everywhere on top of the mountain. The water tables met together and decided to hang out for a season. The two rivers that intersect in the valley below were swelled to capacity with the rainwater. On my back porch it sounded like a waterfall was right there beside our house! I was concerned about all the standing water and then I noticed the sun breaking through and what a beautiful picture of the trees were mirrored on the forest ground.
So why am I up so early? I am walking each morning. I have been cooking and eating and enjoying all the great things that we have been harvesting here a little too much. Because of rainy season, walking during the day is dicey, with all the strong electrical storms, wind and quantity of water. So I walk in the early morning so I can get some exercise before our homeschool classes with our 18 children begin. We still have our “circulo” devotions, and now the girls have a new professor. Pastor/Professor Raul Avila He was a professor at a local university. God told him leave his job last December and to go into ministry full time. Then Covid hit. At first he was zoom preaching with our girls and staff on Sundays. He and his whole family have been participating in our Sunday morning worship. We have “sword drills” and Bible trivia with his daughter. His wife directs Sunday School and praise and worship is with his sons. Then Pastor Raul brings the Word. He does all this in Spanish and the girls and I have learned a lot. He also works for an organization called Lenca Missions and they minister to the indigenous people in the mountains. When the restrictions are lifted, we hope to be able to go into the mountains to minister with him and his family.
Pastor Raul now works with our Ministerio Asi Es El Reino, (Such is the Kingdom Ministries) which is a special project of World Indigenous Missions. He is an overseer of the Spanish education classes for the girls. Our girls are now reading Honduran and other Spanish authors. They are learning many new Spanish words and how to pronounce them correctly along with courses in Spanish grammar. All our girls have to say their National Anthem and pledge every day. There are six stanzas in the National Anthem of Honduras, plus the chorus! Pastor Raul also is handling all the governmental paperwork for registering the girls with the Secretary of Education. We are thankful that Pastor Raul and his family are walking with us on this journey of homeschooling. We are still working on their English classes so they will be totally bi-lingual when they graduate. We have one girl who will hopefully graduate this year from High School. I also want to say how much we appreciate your continued support of the girls schooling.
This year of 2020 has been a year of change on every level. So many bizarre things have happened around the world. Anger, fear and civil unrest have been rising all over the world. The good news is that revival comes when the world gets itself in turmoil, and starts looking for an answer. He is our answer.
He reminded me the other day about His Ways and mine. I was walking in the early morning and I was listening to a podcast by Robert Morris from Gateway Church out of Texas. He had just taped it the day before. I finished my walk, showered and walked briskly to the girl’s devotions. Every other day we have a video podcast that the girls can watch, and they had Robert Morris on too. He is their favorite. But because Pastor Raul was there, the girls picked the sermon Pastor Morris had done in Spanish 4 years earlier. I thought, ”This is going to be a struggle to focus on this message in Spanish” To my surprise as I was pushing through to listen, I realized it was the same sermon! It was a the original of the rerun podcast I listened to minutes earlier. Pastor Morris had blonde hair in one the girls listened to and he was gray headed in mine. What are the chances that out of all the series and videos that Robert Morris has done in his 20 years of preaching at Gateway Church, that the girls would have picked out the same sermon? The sermon was about how God keeps up with us. He sees everything we do with what He has given us. He knows where we are. I know the world has developed a fear of Big Brother, but I think we need to be a little more focused on A Big Father. We just need to stay focused on Him and we won’t have to fear what man can do to us. He knows.
Thanks to all of you who diligently pray and support the girls and staff of this ministry. We are so grateful for all you do for us. WE are praying for a time in the future when we can have our team visitors once again. Blessings, from the Honduran Mom that He Knows.