My name is Marisol Hernandez. I am 19 years old. I came to the H2H Village when I was 8 years old, so have been with the ministry for 11 years. When I think of my life before I came to H2H, I can tell you how blessed I have been and how God has worked in my life, changing my dark past to a bright future.
Growing up in the village has taught me a lot, begin- ning with how much God loves me and the sacrifice that He made for me. I just want to find what I can do for the kingdom of God.
There is so much I am thankful for. The first thing is that God brought me here, and gave me a new, BIG family full of brothers and sisters and people who have come to mean a lot to me.
I graduated a few months ago from high school, and right now, I am working as a volunteer at our Mary Frenter Bilingual School, helping with the first grade. I will go to the university in a couple of months and plan to follow a career that has to do with children. The thing I enjoy the most is spending time with the kids at the village, especially during the summer. I also love to read.
If you asked me what my biggest hope is, I would tell you it is to be the hands and feet of Jesus, to give everything that has been given to me to help and serve others.
Amy’s News – by Amy Serrano, Honduras National Director
Hello from rainy Vancouver, WA! Oscar and I are in the US for 5 weeks before we head back to Honduras. We just returned from Spain
where we met with pastors and churches to discuss WWH2H. We made some good contacts and will potentially see our first team from Europe sometime soon! We will be presenting in several churches over the next few weeks. Please pray that God would give us divine appointments and words to speak as we share what God is doing in Honduras.
So many incredible things are happening with the ministry in Honduras! The school year is going strong and so is the construction of the second floor of the new school. One of the biggest challenges we face in Honduras and in the WWH2H ministry is paying
the power bill. We don’t have air-conditioning in our homes, de- spite the unbelievable heat, and many people ask us why we don’t put in air-conditioning. Our response is simple, we don’t have the $8000 USD per month it would cost to run it. Honduras has some
of the highest energy costs in the world! When people realize how much of our monthly budget goes toward simply paying for electric power (used only for fans, lights, refrigeration etc., no electric stoves, we cook with gas and wood, and no clothes dryers as we dry on clotheslines with the sun), they are unhappy to see where all the precious funding is going! Many have commented on how many more kids we could help if we did not have this power bill eating up our precious funding. To that end, those same churches and people have decided to help us do something about it.
Friends, this is the year WWH2H goes solar! The mission has begun as the first floor of the teen girls’ home is now run completely on solar power. Next, we will install solar power at the boy’s home in Tegucigalpa. We will keep you up to date as the installation progresses!
More Than Imagined
We celebrated Children’s Day with a magnificent party at our church. The church felt that they did not have as much to give this year, yet they still put on a tremendous party! There was enough food for 400 children, and the kids were blessed with games, music and gifts. Thank you so much to our church for giving our kids such an amazing day!
Recently the final box of clothes for school arrived in Honduras. I was out of the country so the task of divvying everything out was left up to our teen girls, and they did a marvelous job. I want to say a special thanks to all the people who give so generously! Our kids have shoes, pants, underwear, shirts, supplies and backpacks; everything they need for a great school year! THANK YOU for your generosity!
Please continue to pray for our financial requirements at both the Village and our school. We need at least 200 more committed $50/month sponsors to be sure we have what is essential to meet our running budget without depending on special gifts each month. Things are improving financially as more people are helping and sponsoring! If you don’t currently sponsor or are interested in increasing your sponsorship, please contact our office. Thank you!!
School News… By Mary Frenter
We had 3 major events in September at school. The first was Children’s Day that is celebrated each Sept. 10th. All the big kids, grades 7-12, put on an afternoon of games, food and fun for all the little kids. Then came the Sept. 15th Independence Day Parade that all schools all over Honduras participate in. All our 7-12th graders in both our Spanish and our English Immersion schools worked together on this. And finally, at the end of the month there was a celebration of all the Departments (states) in Honduras. Each class chooses one to represent, and then they go to town researching and displaying in their booths the costumes, dances, foods, history, and products of their Department. All the parents get involved and an amazing day en- sues. As I have said before, here in Honduras when they celebrate they go BIG or go HOME, and believe me, NO ONE goes home!! We even had a donkey show up for the event!!
Princesses & Warriors – Mary’s News
Recently, Caleb Wold, a good friend and the Youth Pastor at my church in Washington, sent a Facebook message that really hit home. It said, “Do you ever get tired of doing things for your kids? My youngest son has mild eczema and requires lotion if he gets wet. I used to feel a little annoyed every time I had to go get lotion, until I changed the way I thought about what I was doing. I wasn’t rubbing lotion on a toddler AGAIN, I was preparing a Spartan warrior for battle. I don’t brush tangles out of a squirming baby’s hair, I’m preparing a princess to lead her people to the King. I’m not dragging a talkative kid with me everywhere I go. I’m teaching a prophet how to speak to all kinds of people. Do you ever get tired of doing things for your kids? Then don’t. Do things for the warriors, princesses, prophets, pastors, leaders, teachers and servants that God has left in your care for a short time.”
In our family of over 100 children, God has placed all of them – warriors, princesses, prophets, pastors, leaders, teachers, disciples, apostles, evangelists – in our care to raise them up to know Him so personally that their leadership gift(s) are revealed and receive guidance and training. It is an awesome privilege and responsibility He has placed with us. Please pray for us that we prove worthy of His trust. In Matthew 17:16, Jesus says, “They will know you by your fruits”, and if our kids are any example, He is raising a whole mountainside of fruit trees here in our family. We have the hardest working, praying, giving, kind, thoughtful, loving, gentle, joyful, patience children I have ever known. He truly IS raising up a generation of HIS KIDS for His purposes here in Honduras. Praise Him!
Last summer I sent out a needs post on Facebook for a new sound system for our school. Below is the response we got from Jacob Rutledge, who with his mom, Carol, and sister, Jessica, came to Honduras as VBS volunteers years ago. His mom died in a car accident shortly after their last trip here. She loved H2H and would have been so blessed about this:
“Thank you so much, first of all, for posting your need on Facebook. You were an answer to a prayer that I praise God for. It all started June 1st, 2013, when I lost my mom, Carol Rutledge, in a car accident. I had a broken back, and my little sister had a concussion. The resulting accident gave me a large settlement of cash. I made up in my mind I was going to try to bless one Godly organization with a tithe from my money. At the time I got my settlement, I was living in Nashville, TN. I held on to the equipment as a precious treasure that I would one day give away. I met my wife on June 15th, 2015, got engaged to her in March of 2017, and married on July 25th 2017!!! We moved back to Washington. My big sister, Jessica sent me a link to your FB page where you were asking for a sound system. My heart literally leaped, as I burst into tears knowing this was where I could “bury my treasure”. May God Bless You Always, In All Ways, Jacob Rutledge”
Thank you, Jacob!! The equipment arrived last week. We are thrilled to be blessed with this gift from you!!
Save The Date
Join us for our 9th ANNUAL FUNDRAISING BANQUET “the RESCUED becoming RESCUERS”
November 10th, 2018
Abernathy Center, Oregon City
Doors open at 6:00pm
Wm Paul Young
Author of The Shack
Please join us for this incredible event and hear
why we need your help to continue to raise these wonderful children in Honduras.
For More Information, call 503-427-0258 or email: OFFICE@H2HCV.ORG
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.