As with any family, the kids just keep growing up while we parents (and grandparents) just stay the same…right? So, August brought many changes to our growing H2H family.
Oscar, Amy, Sarah and Rachel have headed to Washington State; Oscar and Amy to fund raise, and Sarah and Rachel to go to college. Lesly and Wendy left for Wisconsin to live with their sponsors and continue their education. Some of our other young adults, Ilcy, Luis, Olvin and Daniel, will continue their education in Washington and Oregon beginning in January. In the meantime, they and Alba, Hilda, Juan Carlos, Keren, Miriam, and Sarahi are working at the school as teacher aides, guards and maintenance men. Enrique, Denis, Miriam and Juan Carlos are attending the local extension of the University in Puerto Cortes on weekends. Katherine and Susanna continue their medical studies in San Pedro Sula.
We have moved the whole school into the new school, because, as it turned out, we had more room than we figured. Besides being fiscally smart, it is wonderful being able to keep our whole student body together. K-4 moved first. Afterwards, comments from the 5-11th grades were, “ It is so quiet here without the little kids. I really miss them!” So, now we are all together again and loving it. Our new facility is spread over 3 acres instead of 1, giving us lots more wiggle room!! We have an amazing new gym, a new playground, and a new soccer field. The U-shaped driveway provides a much better pickup and drop-off arrangement for parents and their kids. Safety-wise, we are back off the main highway, instead of right on it, as before.
CALL TO PRAYER
Please pray for all of us for physical, emotional and spiritual protection from the discouragement that sometimes accompanies the many challenges that come with this profound work of rescuing, restoring and raising His at-risk Kids in Honduras. Only God is able to sustain us. Only God is able to give us His wisdom, His peace, and His joy in this work. “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Thank you and God bless each of you every day.
First day of school: Staff and children are blessed
The first week of school we were blessed with a visit from Katie Chiles and her grandparents, Paul and Joyce Chiles, longtime supporters of H2H. Katie is an artist and had a plan to teach art and do a mural with our K-4th graders at the new school. The end of the week was the dedication of the new school, with the mural as the centerpiece for the event. Below is Katie’s article about this adventure. Thank you so much, Katie, Paul and Joyce for the blessing you were to all of us that week.
Our volunteers are settling in well to their new environment. Volunteer First Grade teacher, Carrie Osborn, is sharing her experiences with us in the Volunteer Voices this month.
As I close this missal, we are preparing for Children’s Day and Independence Day, huge celebrations here in Honduras. I will be sure to give you the scoop on them in our next newsletter.