Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone. I remember hearing a very special message years ago about Saint Valentine, who was martyred for his faith and for his persistent upholding and protection of the family. Legend claims that he was killed for refusing to side with Emperor Claudius to abolish marriage in Rome, and was secretly marrying Christian couples. St. Valentine believed in the family and the rights of children and died to defend them. Today as we drive down the streets of San Pedro Sula, we see many children perishing because their families disintegrated. Forced to live on the streets, sniffing glue, eating out of dumpsters and forced to join dangerous street gangs, our hearts cry to bring back the spirit of St. Valentine again today. Instead of praying for the serenity to accept the things we can’t change, why not pray for the courage to change the things that we cannot accept! This month as we remember the life of a very brave man of God, let’s pray that his spirit falls upon us, and in our age, we can become the ones carrying on the fight to protect God’s precious children.
Visitors and Volunteers
We are very blessed to have a good friend, Maddie Green, return to our ranks! If you remember in August, we asked for prayer for Maddie. She had come to Honduras to teach and suffered a terrible stomach infection that caused her to have to go back to the states only 11 days after her arrival. Well, she is not yet 100%, but is on the mend and has come back to spend a few weeks with us, helping in the 4th and 5th grade class rooms. It has been a real blessing having her back with us and we ask you all to pray for her continued healing. In addition, we are also welcoming Rodger Addison of Winchester, Virginia, who will be staying with us until April. Rodger is helping with high school math, as well as living and helping at the boys’ house. Last night he made homemade chili that was loved by everyone. We are also welcoming back the Petersons, Ed, and his wife, Katy. Ed works closely with H2H in the area of social media and advertisement. Ed and Katy sponsor a child at H2H and just love to share their lives with the kids. They will be working on more videos and pictures for our newsletter and web page.
Soccer Season Begins
It is February when the public school system in Honduras begins again. It also means that soccer season in back in swing, and that means that some of our boys are back in soccer club. Last year, the professional team associated with Puerto Cortes chose several young boys from the Puerto Cortes area to be taken under their wing and trained to potentially be future professional soccer players. Several of our boys tried out and five were selected. Adonis, Walter, Nahun, Julio and Kevin are now receiving soccer training three days per week, under the guidance of the Professional Soccer League of Honduras. This has been positive for them in so many ways. All of the boys have learned discipline and hard work. They have all improved in their grades, as well as behavior, as they all know that their opportunity is riding on that. This training is not without a cost however. The cost is $15 per month per boy or about $1,000 for the whole year for all five. If you would be interested in pitching in some extra funds toward this program, please contact us and let us know.