It’s been one of those weeks, actually scratch that, it has been one of those months, where more days than not I have had to search a little harder than usual to see Jesus in the day to day things. I have found myself so busy taking kids to the Clinic, running around to get prescriptions filled, transporting kids from one place to another and just being ‘mom,’ that sometimes I don’t allow myself time to find the joy. The other day, I was with Ilcy. She had to do a professional interview and wanted to talk with a local vet. My favorite times with the kids are when I get to spend one-on-one time with them. We made a quick stop on the way home, because sometimes one just needs some French fries. While we were waiting in the drive-thru, a song came on that we have been learning at school called “Create in Me” by Rend Collective. There is a line in the song that says, “Create in me a miracle, something real, and something beautiful.”
I felt prompted to turn to her and ask, “Hey Ilcy, do you think God has performed a miracle in your life?”
She said, “No.” But a second later turned to me and asked, “Wait, what do you mean?”
I replied, “Do you think God has done a miracle to bring you from where you were to where you are now?”
She looked at me, and simply replied, “Yes.”
We sat in silence for a little while after that, allowing the profoundness of the miracle that she is to settle in. I don’t know exactly what she was thinking at that moment, maybe about her past, or maybe about the brightness of her future. I sat there so humbled and honored that every day I have the privilege to walk with, guide, and love not only her, but all the other miracles that God has brought to Heart to Heart.
After that I got busy doing lots of other things, and it wasn’t until I was about to fall asleep that night that I remembered the special gem in my day. It has been a moment that I have kept close to my heart the last few days, and I think I will for a long time. Over the last two and a half years I have witnessed God performing miracles day in and day out, cultivating realness and a beauty that I didn’t even know existed, in Ilcy’s life, and also in the lives of each and every one of the precious children who call the Heart to Heart Children’s Village home. Thank you for all you do for these exceptional miracles!
Semana Santa (Holy Week)
Semana Santa in is the week leading up to Easter, and is essentially Spring Break. Almost everyone in Honduras heads to the beach, well maybe not everyone, but you might think so if you saw the traffic. We enjoyed Semana Santa, but instead headed to the river, cooling off and spending fun time together. On Friday night we had a spectacular bonfire, complete with s’mores for everyone. We enjoyed a fireworks show, and since it had rained on New Year’s Eve, we just happened to have a stash of fireworks and sparklers that were just asking to be used. It was fun to have everyone together, a true family time. Saturday our mommies started bright and early and prepared a delicious fish lunch for us. While they worked away, Grandma Mary, with the help of some littles, shared the Easter Story after we worshipped together. Then came the moment our little guys had been eagerly awaiting. THE EASTER EGG HUNT! We sent the little ones out to find the hidden eggs, and the smiles when they found one were priceless. So much fun!
We continue to be abundantly blessed by teams coming from the United States.
The Converse family has been here for the last three months working tirelessly on the Aquaponics system in Tegucigalpita. The goal is that the Village will be self-sustaining. We will have eggs and meat from the chickens, meat from pigs, and many home grown fruits and vegetables. This has been a huge undertaking and we cannot thank them enough for all the time that they have put into this project. It is a priceless gift. On behalf of all of us who work for the ministry and all the children, please accept our deepest gratitude for all the hard work you have put in to this, and will continue to put in over the years. May you be abundantly blessed.
In March we were blessed by a team of young people from Portland, called the Fellows, who came to help the Converse family with the Aquaponics System. They focused on building an awesome chicken coop, among many other things. They stayed at the Village with our kids, and we loved having them. They worked hard, and loved each of us well. Thank you for coming, for serving and for loving our family. Come back soon!
The mighty duo, Gary and Sylvia Thacker brought a team from a church in Virginia, who constructed a beautiful playground structure for our girls and babies to enjoy. I don’t think the children have stopped playing on it since it was finished. The only problem we face now, is bedtime might be a little more difficult as everyone just wants to play. Thank you so much for all the hard work you put into making this happen. We especially love it because of all the love and care that went into making it happen. This structure will be enjoyed for many years to come!