A Heart to Heart Village First!
In the Bible the first miracle that Jesus performed was at a wedding. The wedding signifies commit-ment and covenant. The miracle was changing wa-ter into wine. Through the covenant the ordinary was changed into the miraculous and the earthly was changed into the Heavenly. Back in Jesus’ day the water sources of Israel were contaminated and undrinkable. They were toxic and reeked of death and decay. Upon changing the water into wine He made what was sure to cause death, something that now gave life. If you ask me to tell you what has happened in the lives of each of our kids I will tell you “He has changed the water into wine”!
On that note I am thrilled to share with you the greatest news of the month, our daughter Jensi, who many of you know has been a resident of the village since 2007, was married to her boyfriend of 3 years out at the village. Angel and Jensi exchanged vows on the lawn at the village property on Sept 6th. It truly was the most beautiful wedding we have ev-er attended, not only because it was Angel and Jen-si, or simply because it was the first wedding ever held out at the village, but because of those things and so much more! Over 300 people were in attend-ance including all of our kids at the village, as well as the bride and groom’s families and our church fami-ly. It was simple, yet magnificent! Angel and Jensi met at our church youth group many years ago and have been close friends since. Angel serves at the church in the youth ministry and worship ministries. Jensi came to the ministry with her two sisters from a state run orphanage when she was 13 years old. Jensi and Angel will continue to live at the village as staff and Jensi will continue to be an office assistant at the school. Angel has worked at the village for the past year and a half doing maintenance work. We congratulate them both and ask for your prayers as they begin their new life and ministry together with Heart to Heart.
We want to say a special thanks to Dave and Jenna Fester who were here this past month to do many valuable jobs. They updated our children’s pictures, but in addition they worked with many of the kids on videos that will be presented at our upcoming fundraising benefit to be held this November. Our desire is to let the kids tell their story in their own words. We asked them to simply look at the camera and talk about what was important to them. The results were amazing! We are looking forward to seeing the finished product. The Festers also updated the security and computer systems and took new pictures of the school. Thank you so much Dave and Jenna for the sacrifice you have made to help these kids tell their stories.
We also want to thank the six young women who visited us this month from the World Race ministry. During their time visiting the ministry they helped as aids at the school. The group from the World Race is currently in Honduras looking for ministries that they can work within the future. We thank all of the girls on the team for loving our kids and for what they did in the short time that they were here. Blessings to you all and we pray that the rest of your journey is a safe one.
In Central American culture there is one day that is even bigger than Christmas, and that is Children’s Day celebrated on September 10th. At the school we had a fun day filled with food, cake, presentations and a movie for all the kids to enjoy. Out at the village we were visited by ”Renacer” (Rebirth church) from Puerto Cortes. They entertained the kids with Piñatas, food, and games. We are so blessed when local churches and organizations come along side us to bless our kids. We thank Renacer Church for this beautiful act of love at our village. You truly blessed our kids!
In addition to Children’s day on the 10th of September there is also Independence Day on September 15th. The four day weekend gave us the opportunity to move many of our teachers into their new house. Most of our volun-teer teachers will live together in a large home with 6 bed rooms. However, Jordan Rinta, G and Alana Ramirez and Sten Ivan will be opening up a new ministry. It is in their heart to bring our older teen boys into the home where they are currently living and start a mentoring pro-gram with them. We are really excited about what they want to do for our young men. The program will in-volve spiritual guidance, future planning, college preparation, driving lessons as well as many other valuable life skills such as opening a bank account. In our home Mikaela Gronseth will be arriving on October 2 to initi-ate a similar program with the older girls. We are a blessed ministry to have such wonderful volunteers. We ask you to pray for them as this new and much needed ministry adventure begins.
My prayers is that through these newsletter articles, all of you that pray, give and go would see what a won-derful difference you are making in the lives of the kids. The kids are truly and deeply thankful to everyone that has given even the smallest gift of love. You are taking what is dead and making it come to life, restoring the broken and worthless, turning water into wine.