A highlight at Chapel was the solo sung by our very own Nora, who wrote and composed the song of hope, accompanied on the guitar by our second-grade teacher, Miss Rosa. The students went wild with her performance. It was the best she had ever done. For those of you who know her story, you understand what a miracle of restoration has happened in the life of this precious child, abused, tortured and abandoned, who came to our family when she was only 9, and who will graduate this year from High School with plans to go on to higher education.
The Divine Protection of the Lord,
Always keeps my life away from evil.
He gives me strength to keep on going,
He wants me to believe in Him.
He sent His Son to die for me.
He took my sins and cleaned my soul
Oh, when He died upon that cross
And rose up from the very dead.
The Divine Protection of the Lord
Falls upon each one of us
He gives us hope in times of pain
He wants us to rely on Him
The Divine Protection of the Lord
Will always be within my soul.
Meet Santiago who came to the village severely undernourished as a baby and is now a thriving 10 year old!
Meet Miriam, an amazing 23 year old who has graduated with her 2-year education degree and hear what’s in store for her!
Amy’s News – by Amy Serrano, Honduras National Director
November – a time to give thanks! Oscar and I have been in the states for the past month and are in awe of the love you have for our H2H kids. We are excited for the upcoming banquet on November 10th, then to head home to Honduras!
In Honduras, we have almost completed the second year of our new Spanish language school. It has been a battle, but the battle has been successfully won! We opened the new school last year, replicating our original bilingual school all in Spanish, to give older children who knew no English the opportunity to receive a Christian education.This allows us to meet the needs of more families in the community as well as several children who have recently joined our H2H family. In addition to the new Spanish school, we are launching an English Academy, which will ensure that our staff and all new students will have the opportunity to learn English as well.
One of our daughters, Hilda, is graduating from the Spanish school this year. She is an inspiration to us! Learning has never been easy for Hilda, but she has rock solid deter-mination. When she graduates, she wants to go to community college and study education, and we know she can do it! Meanwhile, she is also helping us start a new drive-thru coffee shop near our church and school. All the proceeds of the coffee sold in the US and Honduras go toward the college education of our kids in Honduras. Currently, four of our kids are going to college solely because of coffee sales! If you would like to purchase coffee from us, (Christmas is a great time for gifts!), please con-tact our main office.
I believe all our kids are rock stars, but one is shining especially brightly this month. Susana just celebrated her 27th birthday, and while she isn’t really a “kid” anymore, she has an incredible story. Susana grew up in the remote mountain village of Los Flores in extreme poverty, coming to us in her late teen years, having received very little formal education. She worked hard to finish high school but had much bigger dreams; she wanted to become a doctor! Medical school in Honduras is extremely competitive, but she entered college in 2012 and is now in her 6th year of medical school. She has one more year of studies and will begin her internship. This year she is working in various hospitals and just finished her rotation in the labor and delivery department, first in her class! She plans to specialize in that field of medicine.
We want to thank Peggy Fox and our friends in Virginia who held a banquet to support our solar power initiative. Energy costs consume a huge portion of our budget every year, and we are thrilled to be finding ways to reduce that burden. Simply put, moving to solar power frees up funds to rescue more kids! The highlight of the evening was the guest speaker, Francisco Villanueva, a young man who has been at the village since the age of 6 and who is now attending school in New York. He flew down to Virginia with his sponsors Tom and Susan McGowan to be one of the keynote speakers. He did an amazing job, and the response to the banquet has been outstanding!
DREAMS COMING TRUE
Thanksgiving is upon us, reminding us on this special day to do what we should be doing every day of our lives – being thankful, in all situations. Each year, I like to look back to a year ago and remember where we were. A year ago, our Diana had just turned 12 and was looking forward to Christmas. This year she is celebrating Christmas with Jesus!! A year ago, we never imagined we would have a new English Academy school handed to us by God to provide income to help run our schools. It opens for business this month!! A year ago, we had no idea we would have a second floor on our English School, but that second story is rising to the heavens as I write!
WHY WE DO THIS
A few days ago, as I drove past a school in El Centro, I observed a preteen boy dressed in rags, barefoot, peering through a hole in the metal door of the school entrance. He represents the many children here who live without a hope or a future, who long to have a chance for an education. Then my thoughts went to our kids who WERE that boy, not so very long ago. They now have hope and believe they have a great future in Jesus, ahead of them.
All this is because of you, who have prayed, given and come to help with this unique work God is doing through this ministry for His Kids in Honduras: those currently with us, and those who are still to come. Some look at the Goliath of poverty, child abandonment and abuse and decide it is too big to do anything about. But I say, it is SO BIG, how can you possibly miss if you shoot even the smallest arrow of effort towards helping? God does not expect one person to do it all. He expects a person to be obedient to the one small thing He puts in their path, and to do it!
At our English School this morning we held our monthly all-school Chapel. In the audience were volunteers from Washing-ton, Tennessee, Oregon, Illinois, and Texas. Each came to share their gifts with our kids. Thank you, Brittney Hahn, Steve Hauenstein, Mercedes Lux, Gary and Sylvia Thacker, Ken and Linnea Zednik, Evelyn Williams, Kristin Walker, Elijah Turner, Monika Joyce, Pastor Toni Harris, and Vicki Burnell. Most have come several times before, and 3 are first time helpers. May God bless all of you for your sacrifice and service for His Kids in Honduras.
Our Spanish Teacher, Miss Heidy, who has been part of H2H since she was 7 (her mom and dad, Elvia and Marcel were some of our first helpers here) just blessed all of us with her new daughter, Marcella!! More for Day Care!!!
ANNIVERSARY OF HURRICANE MITCH
20 years ago this month, Hurricane Mitch wreaked its havoc on Honduras and prompted us to increase our efforts to help children here. Now, our Rescued Children are becoming Rescuers, and the blessing to us and to all of you who have championed them all these years, is huge!! Praise God for letting us be part of His amazing work called Worldwide Heart to Heart Ministries!!
Missed the 2018 H2H Banquet?
We had another successful banquet this year where we heard from Wm Paul Young, author of the best selling novel “The Shack” where he shared his story, his love for children and his new love for Worldwide Heart to Heart”. We then heard a moving talk from Amy Serrano how the children are transitioning from being rescued to becoming the Rescuers. She also shared that we have a shortage of $100,055 and asked people to help. If you missed the banquet, we would love for you to watch Amy’s talk by clicking on this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78wYCobStwI. We would also welcome your donation so we can continue to raise this children in a Christ-centered environment.
Below is a list of upcoming teams who will be going to our Village to love our children and support the minis- try. If you are interested in going, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Join us!
– March 28– April 5 School Support, Gary Thacker Leader
– April 13-20 VBS & School Support , Go Be Love Intl. June 17-27 Maintenance, Bethel Church
To get gifts & letters to our kids on time we need to receive them at our office by the following dates:
1st Quarter January 31, 2019
2nd Quarter May 15, 2019
3rd Quarter July 15, 2019
4th Quarter October 15, 2019
Thank you for supporting our kids.