So, I am sitting at my desk in the middle of a VERY “filled with super busy blessings” day, trying to catch my breath and muster up the strength and patience to go through the rest of the day, when in marches my precious, always smiling Samir and silently hands me a note, turns around and marches just as silently out the door. It read, “Miss Mary, Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Colossians 3:12. Samir”
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. —Colossians 3:12
Oh, my, I just sat there with tears welling up in my eyes at the loving message God had just sent me by the hand of one of His small, but mighty saints I am blessed to call mine. If I have learned nothing else in this walk with Jesus, I have learned He is always with me, always watching over me, and lovingly caring for my greatest and smallest needs.
6th & 7th Grade Retreat: A Time of Surrender
And then there were the 6th and 7th Grade retreats…each on a separate day. The programs for each of the Grade 6-11 retreats were similar, but due to the age differences, we tailored each to fit the class. At 7:30 AM we loaded up the kids at school and headed for the H2H Children’s Village, about 40 minutes away. We held the retreat at the Girls/Babies House at the far end of the property. We started each one with prayer, an icebreaker game called “The Knot”, and then Amy spoke to them about Jesus. We broke for a snack and another game, “Pass the Hula Hoop” and then I taught them how to lead someone to Jesus. Following this, we had worship time and then our “I Surrender All Ceremony”. Each one received a paper and pen to write down all the things they wanted to surrender to Jesus: hurts, sins, unforgiveness. Then we built a fire pit and symbolically offered them to Him. Most of the kids took this very seriously, and there were often tears. One of them told me he was going to need a lot more paper than one to put down all the things he wanted to surrender to God. Next came lunch and the famous “Egg Toss Contest”, followed by a riotous water fight in the pool… a perfect end to a perfect day. They left asking when we could do this again!
The fantastic Honduran Culture Arts and Music Festival was the best ever! The entire school was involved, including the staff with amazing art and model displays, music, poetry, and dances all in full costumes!! The senior class asked if they could sell food to raise money for their graduation party. My head picture was: a table set up in the courtyard with food on it to sell. That afternoon, I heard a saw sawing, and hammer pounding. I looked out my window and see “Their picture”: Emerging in the space next to the church entrance, was a small permanent building shelter, with palm leaves for a roof, (complete with barbeque to make shish-kabobs with all the trimmings)!!! Oh, my!!
Later, on in the weekend, some of our girls were in the class telling the story of Christopher Columbus’ visit to Honduras in the 1500. I looked out my bedroom window and there in the back yard was the “Nina” under paper mache construction with wire, newsprint, and flour paste mix. Now, we are not talking small replicas here…all three of the “ships” were the size of 6 man row boats!!! The only small glitch was the next morning, we awoke to discover that our Great Dane, Porche, likes flour paste. She ATE THE SHIP!!! Talk about “the dog ate my homework!!”
The night before the Festival, our house was a flurry with food preparations for the next day. Lesson learned: When you give the students and teachers a project, get out of the way…Their motto: “Go Big or stay home!!” I am learning…. They are amazing!!!
Our Senior Class just finished two of the many milestones on the way to graduation. For six months they have come every Saturday to teach literacy to people in our town who cannot read and write. That graduation just happened.
Then, they prepared for their Honduran National Anthem test, a requirement for all graduating Seniors, before they can receive their diplomas. Dressed very professionally in white blouses and slacks for the girls and white shirts, black tie, and black slacks for the boys, 6 teams of 2 each, presented to a visiting judge, the history of Honduras in PowerPoint presentations and speeches. There was also a written test to pass. They all succeeded with flying colors!!! Congratulations to all of them, and thank you to Miss Delmira and Miss Iris for all your coaching help to bring them this success!!
Our Artist in Residence, “Edward” Luis Gustavo, 8th grade, has been applying his talents in the medical and dental rooms at the clinic. God has great plans for this very talented young man and we are blessed to have his gifts used in this ministry. Thank you, Luis!!