November was a wonderful month. We had visitors from the north…no, not Santa Claus, but almost as good. The Christmas Prep team landed, bags spilling over with gifts for our kids Christmas sacks, lovingly donated by so many of you!! The annual Cookie Bake last Saturday was a hit with all those who have enjoyed it for years as well as with our new children who for the first time, rolled out their own cookies and had flour wars with all those around them. Soooo much fun!! Even one year old Angie joined in, especially when it was time to frost and eat the sugary treats!! Thank you to Volunteer Teacher Goni Laseke who spent Friday at our house mixing up the delicious dough that was then put in sacks by the Christmas Prep team so each child could have their own. Sunday we celebrated 4th quarter birthdays complete with cake and presents. I always love to watch the littles afterwards proudly carrying around their almost-as- big-as-they-are birthday sacks, with their treasures inside. Thank you Christmas Prep team for giving the children a wonderful week of activities and love.
At school we have a wonderful new volunteer, Stevaughn Bush, who is here in Honduras visiting his grandmother, Christina. He stopped by the school a few weeks ago and asked to volunteer. He is a graduate of New York University and will begin Law School there in the fall. He will be helping us in our high school classes until mid-February. Grandma Christina is also volunteering in the very full Prepa Class. Thank you both so much, Stevaughn and Christina.
At the village, we welcomed volunteers Colby and Hannah Berscheid from Centralia, WA. Hannah is teaching the Prepa class at the village and Colby is helping in classes at the school. They are living full-time at the village, giving a much needed helping hand with the children there. We are thrilled to have them join our family!!
Today at school, the day before Thanksgiving, several classes had full on TG dinners served by their classmates for their lunches. And as is their habit, they wanted to share with all of us. Honestly, it started at 9:30 am in the Kinder class, who were all dressed as Pilgrims and Indians, and ended at noonish with the 10th grade feast, with two others in between. I was stuffed to bursting by all the food and love that floated around our hallowed halls today.
A huge blessing happened for our 3 year old, Josue David. He had his nose, chin and lower lip injured in an abuse situation when he was about 18 months old. I contacted Operation Smile here in Honduras last week. We got an appointment with the surgeon on Monday. He is scheduled for surgery on Friday!!! Nothing EVER happens that quickly here in Honduras. Please pray for a quick healing and a perfect restoration of Josue David’s nose and mouth.
With love, Mary Frenter