I recently had the privilege to go and visit Concepcion del Sur for the first time. We woke up early and set out to be there for the ‘Clausura,’ which is the fancy word (or Spanish word) for closing celebration. The Honduran public school system runs from February-November. It was a great first year of the program in Concepcion del Sur. The kids all had Bible classes, English classes and Computer classes. They also had a place to go, that for some of them I imagine, was somewhat of a refuge.
We arrived before the ceremony started. I sat there for a little while with my friend, who had just freshly arrived from the States for a visit. We just talked amongst ourselves, but all of a sudden it hit me. I am pretty introverted, so I would much rather sit and talk with the three people I just traveled with for three hours then go and talk to new people. Oh, but it hit me. Here are all these children sitting and waiting. So, nervously I got up and went to talk to the 5-12 year olds that sat next to me. So silly to be nervous, I know.
We talked names and ages. I told them that all the kids here in Puerto Cortes, call me ‘Waka Waka,’ they thought that was pretty funny, and it was for sure a good icebreaker. I started to ask them what they liked about what they were learning. It was kind of reporter style, because I wanted to make sure I remembered what they were saying.
I talked with a group of four very handsome boys. They have enjoyed taking computer classes, for no other reason than “Because they are computers.” Of course, what else is there to say, right? I finished chatting with them and then moved on to a group of four beautiful girls, Brenda (11), Kasey (12), Suani (12) and Jenna (11). Brenda said, “It is a gift. Many people don’t get this chance.” Kasey is excited to be learning about how to have a conversation in English, to find out where people live and how to ask their name. She also recognizes that she has an opportunity at her fingertips. Suani is thankful because it has been really fun to get to learn English and computers.
Lastly, I talked with Jenna. I am constantly amazed by the things that come out of the mouths of children. She did not disappoint. “I am thankful for this Institution, because here in Concepcion there are a lot of children in need. They have come to help us and support us so that we can learn about computers, English and the Word of God.” It was this last thing she told me that got me… “Estamos llenos,” “We are full.”
I sat there and thought to myself, ‘wow!’ To this day, the moment is still so engrained in my head. I am still thinking about what it means for me personally, to be full. “Estamos llenos.” This is how we can be sure children are being blessed. There is no one else who can fill us besides our Heavenly Father, and it is apparent that these children are being fed exactly what they need to be fed, and that God’s work is being done.
We would like to give a huge thank you to three people who have been a part of the Heart to Heart family for a long time. They spearheaded all the classes in Concepcion del Sur; Maria Montalvan, and Oscar and Cristelia Vasquez. Thank you so much for your hard work and dedication. Please join us in praying for what God has in store as Heart to Heart continues to minister to the people in Concepcion del Sur. May you be so abundantly blessed this Christmas season, that you are able to say, “We are full”.
Merry Christmas/Feliz Navidad! We indeed are full!