Many Blessings from Honduras! We are so happy to be back home once again, witnessing all the wonders that God is doing here in Honduras! As I sit down to write this newsletter I think to myself, “Oh Lord, I don’t even know where to start!” So many wonderful things, where do I begin?
I would say an amazing story to begin with is the arrival of our three new kids. Rosa, Cesar and Pedro are siblings who are now part of our family glory to God! The kids were formerly at another home that is no longer in operation, and as that home was run by Americans, all three of the kids speak perfect English! Rosa is now 15 and came to the village just one week before the Quinceañera. We asked her if she would like to join the girls and she said yes, she would. She fit perfectly into a beautiful dress that was worn two years ago by another very special girl and she just so happened to find a beautiful pair of silver, glittery high heels that fit perfectly as well! But the coolest thing is this… many years ago, someone gave me a Bible that was a special Quinceañera Bible. Each girl gets a crown, a Bible and a locket at the Quinceañera, so we would also need to provide Rosa with these things. The Bible had been on a shelf in my office for at least 4 years. When I thought about the Bible as one I could give to Rosa, I took it out and found the cover page already read as follows, (no lie): “HAPPY QUINCEAÑERA ROSA!” God is so in all the details!
We also celebrated a few graduations this month. First, as we have reported many times, our program in Concepcion Del Sur, Santa Barbara has been a great success. This past year, over one hundred children have prayed to receive Jesus as their Savior. They have learned English and computer skills as well. With the program wrapping up in November, over 200 people were present for the graduation.
We were also blessed with our November team—they were marvelous! So much happened during their visit that it would be impossible to fit it all in this report. The “November Team” is always one of my favorite teams each year. Their visit supports the Quinceañera, Christmas decoration of the Village, preparation of all of the Christmas gifts and clothing, celebration of 4th quarter birthdays, and always a big favorite—Grandma Mary’s Christmas cookies. We want to say a huge thanks to Rick and Kim, Lisa and Scott, Dean and Rachel, Linea and Ken, and Ed. You were all, as always, such a blessing to have here!
Hellos and goodbyes are also in order. Let’s start with our goodbyes first. We send off G, Alana and little Eli with great blessings. They have been here with us since September and have done a beautiful job in making our village a better place. We have also been blessed by their love and dedication to our kids. May God bless them as they bring their own bundle of joy into the world!
We were also blessed by knowing Mikaela’s friend Betty Ann. She is an ICU nurse that lives in Seattle WA, who came to share a few days with us and the kids. As she waved good bye to us at the airport,she vowed that she would return. During her stay she assisted in one of our classrooms at the school and helped in the various projects in the ministry. We thank her so much for her time and assistance.
We thank Ed Peterson who has taken on part of the job of helping WWH2H with our social media. Ed came with the team, but then spent an extra week with us to get more video and pictures. During that time we were able to visit the local garbage dump and bless many of the very needy families with donations of rice. We thank Ed for all of his hard work benefitting the lives and futures of the kids!
While we were in the states, we had the chance to stay with some friends in Houston where we packed and sent a container filled with clothing and gifts for our kids. On the day the team arrived, the gifts and clothing arrived! It was like Christmas! Oh wait it is Christmas! With the help of Alana and Amabilia, we were able to arrange all of the new Christmas outfits for each kid. Even though some of the things that we put in the boxes weren’t exactly there when the boxes arrived, we did end up having outfits for almost ALL of our kids and even for our three new ones! It was such a joy that day! We are truly blessed. We would like to thank each person that either sent clothing or gifts for their kids, or that responded to our call for funding for Christmas this year! It is going to be simply amazing!
Even though Thanksgiving is not a “Honduran” celebration, when you have Americans, there must be turkey! We had a small gathering at the teen girl’s house, just the 50 of us. Many thanks to Mary, Mikaela and Mercedes for the food and fellowship. K-love starts playing Christmas music on their station on Thanksgiving, so we had it streaming throughout the house all day, as we baked, prepared, cleaned, and then celebrated. It was such a wonderful time. We are truly blessed! Finally, let the building begin! This past week construction has begun on our new property. As many of you know this past summer, we have obtained a piece of property that was once a rent by the hour hotel used for prostitution, often involving minors. It is now in the possession of WWH2H and will be a place of healing, education and restoration of children! Our goal is to build an extension of our school at the new property, which will be Pre-K through 2nd grade, open for business Fall of 2016! Many thanks to all who have donated to make it a reality.
If November is the month of Thanksgiving, then let us be guilty of being so very thankful. As I write this newsletter, it is nearing 8pm. I know that all of our babies at the village are crawling into their comfy new beds, with their bellies full of good supper. They are safe, they are clean, they are healthy and tomorrow they will all head off to an excellent school. Life is good, God is good. So I sign off tonight thanking you all for your love, prayers and support. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a very blessed and prosperous New Year!
-Oscar & Amy