The summer is passing so quickly and we are busy collecting memories. We relish them as we live them out, but sometimes they pass too swiftly for us to analyze their significance; however, I know that all of the moments that we experience together with the kids go into a special place in their hearts. As a child I remember the joys and wonder of summer. Vacation, outings, activities, camp; all were collections of treasures that are stored in my heart. As we have gone through this summer with the kids and enjoyed wonderful moments of joy with them, I am reminded that the most important matter is creating wonderful memories in their childhoods which they will carry with them into their adult lives.
And this summer has certainly had its collection of memories. As it started we told the girls in each bed room that they could chose a color for the walls of their rooms, as well as one for the closets and beds. My initial thought was that with so
many girls from so many different backgrounds from all over Honduras, that being able to settle on two colors might be unreasonable. However, within minutes after showing the girls the colors available, they had all picked the colors they wanted. Paints were purchased and the rooms are now beautifully bearing the colors that they chose. I want to give a huge thanks to Mikeala Gronseth, a volunteer who stayed this summer to run the girls’ portion of Summer Camp, and who worked together with the girls to paint their rooms. It has been a true joy to watch the girls fall in love with their rooms again!
The boys’ portion of the summer program was run by a lifelong friend of Oscar’s, Pastor Denis Del Cid. This man has an incredible way of connecting with the kids. At devotion time even the smallest of children are captivated by his charismatic story telling. Pastor Denis along with Mikeala and the Spokane team planned a wonderful event with the kids, a bon fire and talent night. Marshmallows were purchased and the boys prepared several presentations including dances and skits. It was an unforgettable night for the kids filled with good food and good times with friends and family.
Heartfelt thanks to so many!
The Spokane Team that was here in July took our kids on an outing to the local water park. The park is owned by the same man who donated the land on which our village is built, and he lets us bring the kids in free of charge. At the park restaurant, the kids ate the famous Honduran “pollo chuco” or “dirty chicken”: a true Honduran fast food that consists of fried green banana chips, a piece of fried chicken, coleslaw salad with salsa on top. This team also took the kids to the beach, which was a real hit.
We want to thank Ebenezer Church of Choloma Honduras for coming to the village and loving on our kids. Ebenezer is a small Pentecostal church about an hour away from the village. They come two or three times a year to share a day of worship, prayer, games and food. Each time they come out they pack their bus full of their congregation, all dressed in their Sunday best, to visit our kids. They give dramatized skits about salvation and doing what is right. This time their “preacher” was a 10 year old girl from their Sunday school program who gave a message about doing what is right even when it is hard. Each time they come they bring pastries for the kids, as well as groceries for each house at the village. We thank them for loving our kids and the great sacrifice they make several times each year.
More heartfelt thanks!
I also want to thank Stephen and Rebecca Ware who visited us for several days from New York. The Ware’s came with wonderful donations from Trinity Lutheran Church of Walden New York who are huge sponsors and supporters of our kids. We thank the Ware’s and Trinity Lutheran Church for their generosity toward our kids. I also what to thank Erick Hernandez, a young man that found our ministry on line and came on a visit to his grandfather in Honduras simply to help out. Erick brought lots of donations, as well, collected by his friends and family. We thank Erick and his family for the compassion toward our kids.
We want to thank the wonderful teams that have joined us this summer! It has been a total blast having each of them with us. Let’s start with our first team from Spokane Washington lead by a longtime friend of the ministry, Joel Heiser. One of the youths who came with Joel has written about his experience and you can read his reflection on page 8 of this newsletter. Most of the team consisted of teenagers and their objective was sports camp. The first week started with the national sport, soccer. The team had the kids work on different skills and then opened the field to games. The next week they worked on baseball and then on basketball and volleyball. It was pure joy to have this team with us. We thank each of them for their amazing giving hearts!
Next we had a medical team from Northwest Pediatrics come for two weeks of medical clinics. Doctors Jennifer Polley and Lily Lo have been to Honduras before, but this time they brought their entire clinic with them! They are some of the most amazing, hardworking people that I know. We are so thankful to Mary and Derek Wittkopf for being the fearless team leaders for two weeks! I am also very proud of the boys and girls from our village who worked as translators for the team. They were very professional, caring and hardworking in their job. Above all I am personally thankful for the opportunity to play my role on the medical teams: evangelist. I had the privilege of leading people to the Lord during this team’s visit, but more than anything I relished the opportunity to serve other Christian brothers and sisters who are in need.
We are also thankful to the Drama camp team, led by Lisa Closner, a longtime friend and chairperson of our sponsorship and SEIP program. Lisa was a drama teacher for many years in Oregon schools and came for a week to teach drama to our kids. The team was spearheaded by Dan and Chris Moore—also longtime friends of H2H—from Virginia. It was a wonderful group of volunteers who came from as far away as Maryland, Virginia, Oregon and Washington. The kids loved drama camp, but above all they loved the people serving them! This teamed shared not only their gifts with the kids but also their lives. Thank you so much to each of you for being a part of this unforgettable summer for these wonderful kids!
Mary & Lyle Frenter have returned
We are also celebrating the return of Grandma Mary and Grandpa Lyle Frenter. Mary and Lyle have been in the United States the last two months, however they are now back “home” in Honduras and ready to start preparations for the school year. Be sure and check out Mary’s From the President’s Desk.
A miracle in Puerto Cortes
Something beautiful, wonderful and amazing has happened here in Honduras. Well, wonderful things are happening every day, however this was really cool. About one block from our school sat a cesspool of corruption and crime. It was a “rent by the hour” hotel that was a hotspot for prostitution, an establishment where we are sure many little boys & girls were hurt. Today however, that property is owned by Worldwide Heart to Heart Ministries. We have had the great blessing of purchasing the land to expand the outreach of our ministry and school. The hotel is now being torn down and will be rebuilt into a home for our teen boys. And the future is wide open to other possibilities!
Update on Conception Del Sur
Our ministry in Conception Del Sur continues to grow and be blessed. The kids continue to come to classes each day and many of the children have prayed to receive Jesus. They have also opened up more each day to our program directors Oscar and Cristelia Vasquez and Maria Monteban. Currently, the land has been flattened and a source of water has been opened on the property. We are still working on the legal paperwork and should begin building very soon.
So many amazing things are happening here in Honduras! So much has been done, but there is still so much to do. We can’t do this alone. This is the collective effort of many, and there are many ways that you can help. If you currently do not sponsor a child or support the ministry financially please prayerfully consider doing so. No amount is too small; it is the widow’s mite that has moved the church forward throughout the centuries. The fact of the matter is, we can rescue as many children as we can responsibly take in and care for. We need the financial help to save more kids. You can commit to pray for this ministry. We are well aware that our battle is not against flesh and blood but against principalities, powers of this dark world. We need the help of an army of prayer warriors to take down the strongholds of this country that desire to destroy its children. You can come down as a volunteer! You don’t have to be a teacher to have a classroom. You just need to love God, love kids and be very flexible. Finally, you can get your friends, family and church involved.
We are so thankful to each of you who are already doing these things for our kids. May God bless you abundantly!