Leaving the Nest – By Alexis Cruz
My name is Alexis Cruz. I am 18 years old, and I’ve been living in the village since I was 6. I have always liked to study. I like and enjoy math, physics, and contemporary history. In my free time, I like to paint, read books, and watch TV. My favorite sport is soccer, and I am a member of a soccer club in Puerto Cortes. I only do it for fun, though.
I don’t remember when I asked Jesus into my heart, but it was sometime between 7 and 9 years old. I am so thankful to God that I got to be part of this family. The leaders have taught us English and we have received a good education. I consider myself a very blessed person. I have been in trouble, too, so experience has taught me a lot. I like to have friends, and though I am a little bit shy, I always try to meet new people. I really admire Miss Mary, Tio Oscar, and Miss Amy. They have been good examples to us of how we should live. Where would I be if God had not worked on these people’s lives? Being our leaders, our counsellors and our parents, they have taught us many good things.
I just finished my last year of high school. When I was in second grade, I promised myself to get good grades in every homework assignment, in tests, and in final grades until I graduated from high school. I realized this would require an uncompromising, diligent and passionate attitude from me, including the sacrifice of my time and efforts. Many times I stayed up late at night studying – did not go to play soccer; did not watch movies with my brothers. I did not feel sorry about it. Because when I looked at those papers that showed my grades, a happy face is what I got in return, and satisfaction.
When I think about my life, I understand that I do not deserve any of this, and I ask myself, why me? Why did you choose me, God, to be part of the greatest family in the world? I am very thankful for this.
I was recently asked to list my best qualities. I consider myself to be a considerate person. I am very respectful, responsible and mature. To me, the most important of these qualities is “considerate”, because I
realize all the things that so many people have done for me. To make life better for my H2H brothers, I help them with their homework if they do not understand a problem. I get up early to help the mommies by waking up the little children at 4 am to go to school. I make sure they make their beds, organize their clothes, and are ready before the bus starts to school. I am also a Big Brother to some of them. Besides helping with homework, I pray with my brothers and we read the Bible together.
In my future, my first goal after college, is to become an airline pilot. I also hope to marry a beautiful inside and out Christian girl, and have a family. Then I want to help other people travel and visit many countries. God wants me to honor Him in what I do, to tell others about Him, and to show His love. He wants me to give my testimony of what He has done in my life through my actions, and to encourage others to salvation in Christ Jesus. If I don’t reach my first goal, my backup plan is to get a PhD in mathematics and work at NASA, or study to become an architect.
My favorite Bible verse is Colossians 3:23 – “Whatever you do, do it heartily as to the Lord, and not unto men.” I believe if I live my life by this verse, God will be with me and will guide me in each step I take.
All about the Kids – by Amy Serrano, Honduras National Director
Earlier this month, Steven, Rebecca and Stephanie Ware escort- ed two of our precious children on the beginning of their new adventures! Francisco will be living in New York for the next school year doing his senior year of high school at Chapel Field Christian School in Pine Brush, New York. His sponsors, Tom and Susan McGowen, are graciously hosting Fran- cisco. Please pray for Francisco as he attends a new school and faces his first real winter – Brrr!!
Olvin has been in the US before but will be changing his residence and school. Thank you to Jeramiah and Alicia Hansen for hosting Olvin last year. He is now moving to Vancouver, WA to contin- ue his college education. Olvin will be living with some dear friends and former teachers at our school, Jordan and Abby Rinta. Thank you Rinta’s for hosting Olvin and thank you to his education sponsors who are helping him attend college. Pray for Olvin as he starts his new adventure in Vancouver!
Sometimes I am overwhelmed by the needs of raising over 100 children to be responsible adults. How do you get shoes, sup- plies and uniforms for almost 100 kids? How do you put 15 kids through college? How do you do all these things and still pro- vide for their daily needs and still offer all the love and attention they need as well? God amazes me, time after time. He has this! They are His kids! He continues to provide for these children when and how they need it. Please continue to pray that we will have all our needs met for our staff at both the village and the schools.
We want to say a special thank you to Jay Quattlebaum and the people at Agua Pura. They dropped by our office last Saturday with 100 pairs of soccer shoes – all in beautiful condition! We can’t wait to get out there and play some soccer!
Next, Reina, Wendy, Genesis, Olga, Iveth, Mayra, Nohelia, Jehovany and Nelson will be starting either college or technical school here in Honduras. Some will begin in September and others in January. They have grown up so fast!
One of the most amazing qualities about this ministry is the people God has put around us to love our kids and have the heart to help. In the past couple months, we have had significant need and turned to our “people” for prayer and support. It was uplifting to know that hundreds of people were praying over us! Those prayers have manifested in God doing amazing things for us. Thank you to each and every one of you who heeded our call and lifted us in prayer!
I will leave you with one final prayer request for our house mommies. This will be Joselyn’s, one of our girl’s house mom- mies, last month. She has been an amazing house mommy and will be deeply missed. Please pray we can find someone to fill her shoes, and pray for all of our house mommies each day as they carry these precious kids in their hearts.
We are still in need of sponsors for our kids. If you currently do not sponsor one of our children but are interested in doing so contact our office. We are hoping for 200 new $50 per month sponsors this year. We deeply appreciate each and every spon- sor of these precious children. Your dedication and heart for these kids amaze us
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
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