January in Honduras this year has been cool and comfortable, like perfect summer days in Washington State. The kids eased back into the school routine after a fun-filled Christmas Vacation. We just finished the second partial (quarter) and once again I am so proud of the great job our kids did in their classes. We have a new teacher, Jade Blair from Centralia, WA. Our prepa (kindergarten) class became so large we split it and Miss Jade is their new teacher. We ended 2014 with 241 students and now have over 250, with the new students who came this month.
High School Graduation for Luis, Felipe, Katherine and Miriam was wonderful!! There were 18 of us from our family there in San Pedro Sula to cheer our 4 grads on. In Spanish they asked all the grandparents to stand. Alana said, “Mary, get up! You are their Grandma!” So, up I went!! J Tons of hugs and pictures later, we all went out for dinner. Strains of “Praise God from whom all blessings flow” were coming from the back of the van on the way home. It was a night to remember. Funny thing…the background music at the graduation was jazz tunes from the 40’s and 50’s. Delightful!! And…they began on time, promptly at 3 PM!! Amazing!!!
So, now several of our kids are enrolled in the university in San Pedro Sula. Three of the girls, Suzanna, Miriam and Katherine, have an apartment near their school. What fun we had shopping for the things they needed to set up house for the first time all by themselves. Their new home is in a very safe neighborhood and they have safe transportation to and from school. Felipe is going to night school at the extension university in Puerto Cortes. Luis will be attending Clackamas Community College in Oregon starting in September. Meanwhile, he serves as a teacher’s aide in our 4th grade classroom. Our Denis is also helping at the school as a teacher’s aide in Miss Goni’s first grade and was instantly beloved by the students!!
January 10th we held our annual Staff Banquet at Flamingos, with over 60 in attendance. It was a wonderful warm evening of fellowship and good food. We enjoyed a duet by volunteer teacher Sten Ivan and Bethany Schlosser followed by the Year in Review Video of our kids.
We now have two volunteer couples, a Honduran couple and another man living full time at the Village at the Boys’ Complex. They have devotion times with both the Boys and Girls Houses each evening. They just began having a Youth Group for the middle teens once a week. It is wonderful having them there to help our mommies care for our children. Please pray for this “family” of kids and adults that God would bless their time together and that our kids would get clearer pictures of what family is all about.
Last Thursday our former PE Teacher, Mr. Jaffet, who is a DJ on a local Christian Radio station, asked several of us to be his guests. Gerardo, Alana, Mikaela, Jordan and I got to share God’s vision for this ministry and let the listeners in Puerto Cortes know about Heart to Heart. Thank you Mr. Jaffet for the opportunity!!
Also, last week we were blessed with a Women’s Bible Study Team from the US. Our women’s group from church were taught and ministered to along with several of our volunteers and some of our teen girls. It culminated with a lovely dinner for all of us as their guests at Flamingos last Friday. Thank you to this team of amazing women who brought a healing touch from our Savior, through the Holy Spirit, to so many.
As we close out January and head into February, we are anticipating more visitors, volunteers and teams coming to help us. Thank you to all of you who faithfully pray for us and provide for us that this work of the Lord may go forward.
With love, Mary Frenter