Hi! My name is Mikaela Gronseth and while Amy and Oscar are in the States I have accepted the challenge of keeping you informed about the happenings at the Village. I have been volunteering here for almost 2 years. I am currently living with the older girls in Puerto Cortes at Amy and Oscar’s house. I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We certainly have so much to be thankful for here! We have had another great month of fun, excitement and growth. Our kids continue to amaze us with their humor, work-ethic, love and joy.
At the beginning of the month, as I stood in for Amy, I attended all the kids conferences. That was a task! But, man are our kids loved by their teachers. Every single teacher raved about their students, about how hard they are working, and how much they thoroughly enjoy having each one of them in class. They as individuals, each make their learning environment an exciting place. I have tried my best to make contact with each student and make sure they know how incredibly proud of them we are! The smiles I have received in return have been great. They too, are very proud of how far they have come and how well they are doing. Thank you so much for your support of the kids and their schooling. It is giving them a chance to shine and build a strong foundation for their future.
Not only are our kids making leaps and bounds in their education, but in their faith as well. They continue to grasp more and more about how much Jesus loves them. This month we had baptisms. It was the first ever baptism in the church.
They usually do them at the river, but due to having so much rain, they prepared the baptismal and made it happen. Martha and Walter were among the 7 people to be baptized. We are so proud of this step of faith they have taken. You can see an evident change in both of their lives, as they have learned more and more what it means to live for Jesus.
We, yet again, have been abundantly blessed by another team of people from the States. It was a small team, yet mighty. We celebrated birthdays and prepared all the gifts for Christmas. The men worked on various repair projects throughout the Village. THANK YOU, THANK YOU! Another thank you needs to go to our sponsors. While we unloaded and packed into their bags all of the kids’ Christmas gifts, I found myself moved to tears many times by the generosity and love that you have for our kids. Someone on the team told me, “everyone claims these kids as their own”, and that is so true. Some from afar, and some that are near, but each one of our children has an adopted family out there, and they are certainly aware of your love and support.
The Buzz Of Christmas Is In The Air
One of my personal favorite things to do with the kids is to make and decorate Christmas cookies. To read more about all the fun Christmas-prep activities at the village, check out the article from the Christmas prep team!
We said a hard, but happy “see-you later” to Marlon last week as we sent him off to finally be with his wife in the United States. After over a year and of waiting for his Visa, he was finally approved. He has been such a wonderful big brother to all the kids and has been a helpful handyman at the Village. He will be very missed, but we are so excited for what is ahead for both Sarah and him! Once you are a part of this family, you are always a part of this family!
God sends people exactly when we need them. Just as Marlon got ready to depart, Colby and Hannah Berscheid arrived. We are so blessed to have them, and are excited for what they will be doing. They will be living at the Village. Hannah will be working with our preschool kids out in Tegucigalpita, and Colby will be splitting his time at the school in Puerto Cortes, and being maintenance man at the Village.