For us, summer vacation has come to an end. Lyle and I just returned home to Honduras from the US after a month of visiting our family and friends in Washington, Oregon and Canada. It was wonderful to see everyone.
In Honduras this year, we are expanding our services to our Puerto Cortes community in an effort to raise funds locally to support our current children, and to be able to add even more kids to our growing H2H family. Remember, there are still over 170,000 abused and/or abandoned children in Honduras. God has given us His vision to rescue, raise and restore them. In obedience and faith we move forward as He guides us.
So, in addition to the August opening of two schools, September will see the beginning of three new programs: Day Care, Soccer Academy, and Open Gym. The fees collected for these new services will be used to run the programs and to help finance our ministry. And each new program will be another outreach opportunity to minister Jesus to our community.
Two Schools To Open This Year
First on the agenda is the adventure of getting two schools ready for the August opening when over 300 students will descend on our classrooms to begin school year 2016-17. Both schools are freshly painted inside and out. We will move into the new school the first two weeks of August in preparation for opening day. At our “old” school we will have classes for 5th grade through high school. The new school will house Pre-K through 4th grades.
New Day Care Program
We are starting a Day Care Program at the new school for birth to 3 year olds. The program will run from 7am to 5pm, Mon—Fri. We will need many things, especially toys, for this program. If you are able to help with donations of toys or funds to purchase toys here, please send them to our Main Office. Please pray with us that God will bring us children to care for and we can minister Jesus to.
New Open Gym Evening Program
Another program at our new school, Open Gym, will be available to our H2H family and the public. The program includes a weight room for strength training, an aerobics classroom, and use of the gym for basketball and volleyball. There are shower rooms and bathrooms for men and women.
New and Old US Volunteers
We are blessed and excited as our U.S. volunteers begin arriving to help us with our school and programs. New volunteers include: from Washington Nick Witmer teaching 7th grade technology and Library; from Oregon, Carrie Osborn, 1st grade, and Kris and Carlene Wagner from Colorado who will teach 4th and 1st grades. Returning volunteers Scott Tenczar from California will teach ESL and PE, and Mercedes Lux from Washington will be working at the new school.
Thank you to every one of you who has supported this profound work with your prayers, your finances and by volunteering both here and in the US. All this only happens because of your obedience to our Father as He calls upon you to help. —Mary