|The Best Dirty Job Team Ever|
Last year the team from Pennsylvania came to help build our intern house. They made it from adobe we had made here on the farm and then we stuccoed the outside of the building. We are going to call this duplex the Barnabus House. We are hoping to house future missionary trainees in this new facility. We have two new interns, Anna and Courtney who just arrived this month, who will be with us anywhere from 10 weeks to one year. While they were raising the walls on the adobe intern duplex this same team from Pennsylvania decide to dig a fish pond also. It was a beautiful pond but it developed leaks at the base of the pond and we tried to fix it for a year and to no avail. We found a company from Tegucigalpa that sold fish pond liners, and so we checked that out and they gave us a price. They said they would come and see the sight. When they did the price was more than double, but we had the funds donated and the board said to get it, and so when I called they basically said that my project was too small and to far for them to deal with. So then I had to investigate what to do next, and that is how we ended up with a cement pond. Every time I say "cement pond" I feel like I am part of the Beverly Hillbillies episode. Anyway, we have the fish pond floor done and are working on the sidewalls. It won't be but about 3 ft deep, but we will have a place that will hold water to grow talipia. WE are thankful. What appear to be a failed project now has taken on new life and it looks great. I have found also when people really work hard and work really hard together, they get really close. We all just bonded together as a group, it was great.
|Angela Serritt with Jennifer and Kimberly|
With that in mind I am thinking of taking some of our older girls on a mission trip. I know you are thinking you are already on the mission field, and I am, but we are just going to move around a bit. The girls have been visiting other areas in our community and assisting missionaries from the States while they ministered to so many around us for quite sometime. I am just sensing we need to remove the 100 percent focus for the girls sake, off the girls and let them shine their lights on someone else besides themselves.
|Pine Straw baskets|
|Good times at La Hacienda|
I do want to say a special thank our supporters. I know that the prayers and gifts you have sent has cost you something and I want you to know that we don't take that lightly. I want you to know that this last month I was able to carry almost all the girls (the 5 little ones need to wait until they know their letters) to get their eyes checked by a real optometrist. We discovered that one of our girls have some serious problems and had laser surgery on their eyes by a specialist in Tegucigalpa. We discovered one had a cataract that we are watching, and several who need to wear their new glasses all the time. Some had potential problems that were averted, and lot of our girls can read the back of an ant's credit card from 40 ft away. We have never been able to afford to do this before for all the girls. We had to drive to another city which is 2 and 1/2 hours away, with girls who are prone to being carsick, to find an eye doctor and glasses that are as expensive here as they are in the States. We did find a wonderful doctor and a new friend to the ministry, Dra. Claudia Sylvia, who ministered to my spirit as well as to the girls. She gave us discounts for her services and prayers over the girls and ministry. The girls loved being able to have a road trip with MOM and felt very cared over. Our next project is to get some dental work that a few of ours girls have been desperately needing.
WE have also hired two more teachers at the school, with the plan to invite children of the community to go to our school, which includes a meal at lunch. We have our first girl of the community attending and it is going very well. The government guarantees 6 years of schooling. After the six years the children here in Honduras have to find the resources to pay for the other six years and then they pay for any technical training or secondary education. We are hoping to be involved with the promising students in the community who want to continue their education. They will be receiving a bi-lingual education that is only offered over in the next town at prices that are unattainable to almost all of the campasinos in our area. Ben Heath, who is our school director, is collaborating with the local pastor to teach adults at night, who want to finish their elementary and high school levels. We have two girls in Beautician's School, and one who is studying computers and two we have just started registering for college next year. WE are excited at the possibilities of this outreach and WE are thankful to everyone who is helping to make all this possible.
I also want to say thank you to all the teams who have come down here to love on our girls and on our community. We are so thankful for the new computer lab that the South Carolina SIFE group brought down and set up. We are thankful for the rock handlers and adobe movers that helped us build the farm house for the male interns. We are thankful for the block layers and stucco slingers, that are making the missionary intern house a reality. And thanks to all you rock breakers and movers that got our talipia pond closer to a reality. Thank you all so much for all the prayers and everything you do for this ministry. Blessings, the Moving into HIs Reflection Honduran MOM.