Picture this – It is 8 am on Friday; 200+ children, all dressed up as cowboys for Cowboy Day at school are sitting in their classes. Enter: a saddled horse and a beautiful Senorita dressed in a Honduran traditional costume. One by one each class parades down to the courtyard to pet the horse and have their class picture taken with it and of course, with the beautiful Senorita!! What a hoot!!
Now, it is days end. Two of our budding artists, Lesly and Luis Gustavo, labor intently on the mural of our Oswald Eagle that will grace one whole wall of our main office. It is beautiful!! And it is a joy and a blessing for me to watch these two “least of these” H2H teens, using their God-given gifts to bless His school.
Earlier this week, we were blessed with a Gary and Sylvia Thacker team from all over the US who came to help at the school. They assisted all week in our classrooms. Thank you to each of you for your service to His Kids!!
One daily challenge at school is our playground that fills with water every time it rains, (which is almost daily) so the children have nowhere to have recess. To fix it so it will no longer flood, we needed $5000. We prayed. This week, $5000 was donated to fix the playground. And a bonus gift came in as well to build a new climbing apparatus for the playground!!! Thank you, Jesus!!
Another need we had was for surveillance cameras for several of our buildings. The cost: $1500. We prayed. This week $1500 was provided to take care of this. Now the new teacher house, the clinic and the Tulian Teen Boys House will be guarded via the internet by our 24/7 guards at the school.
By the time you get this, I will have returned to the US for a week to speak at our November 1st Fundraising Banquet. Our focus this year is to share with you the amazing rescuing, raising and restoring of His Kids that God has done through WWH2H. The H2H vision was and is to rescue, raise and restore abused and abandoned children in Honduras to become the next generation of strong Christian citizens and leaders of this second poorest country in the western hemisphere. Currently, children of abuse have little protection from the authorities in Honduras. Those who are “rescued” from these situations are too numerous for the state run orphanages to house. These places were pits of neglect and abuse as well. In fact, the system became so corrupt that the current government has recently closed them all down, with the goal of placing all children who were in state run orphanages in private orphanages like H2H by the end of December of this year.
In addition, Honduran children are being sent by their parents on the long, dangerous and sometimes fatal journey to the US to escape gang violence and predators. You have all read about this in the recent news. In fact more than 70,000 children from Central America, many from Honduras, have come here to the US since June.
We at H2H know first-hand about this. In June we were called to a mountain village to get 5 children from one family. The father, a drug gang member, had recently been murdered. The gang came to the mother and demanded she pay what her husband owed them. If she could not, they threatened to take her children ages 1 to 10, for payment, using the eldest for prostitution, and selling the younger ones for illegal adoptions. Desperate, she was planning to send them on that dangerous journey to the US to escape those horrible fates.
Then she heard about H2H. So, Angie age 1,is now safe at home at the Children’s Village along with her brother,
David who just celebrated his 7th birthday two weeks ago with his new family at H2H. David and the rest of his sisters, Genesis age 4, Marleny age 6 and Daisy age 10 are now attending our H2H bilingual school and they love it.
We are so privileged to be a part of this work, and we thank each of you who join us by praying, donating and coming to help us in this wonderful place. Happy Thanksgiving and may your life be full to overflowing of things to be thankful for this month!!
With love, Mary Frenter