Sometimes God uses an army of great proportion and sometimes He uses a seemingly insignificant small group of soldiers to get the job done. That is what He chose to do with this ragtag team of three individuals from Spokane and Deer Park, Washington, arriving on two different days, each with specific tasks in mind.
Greg Crary was to update the computers at the school to Windows 10. Sue Barfknecht was to take portrait shots of each of the children at the Village, and Nicholas Witmer was to assist Greg and Sue and also capture some video interviews. That sounds simple enough;but this is what they actually did:
Greg and Nick upgraded 55 computers to Windows 10 and Office 2013, supporting the schools administrative teaching and learning spaces and technology. They also reconfigured the schools network equipment, reestablishing the wireless network, and then redeployed the schools security camera system. Also, two brand new printers were purchased and brought to the school and deployed, and the printer in the faculty lounge was redeployed.
Sue and Nick photographed every class at the school, took numerous candid shots both at the school and the village, as well as at Concepcion del Sur and other locations in Honduras, interviewed and recorded some of the kids from the village, and captured many memories before and during the first week of school, as well as the portraits.
But here is what they accomplished: They simplified the complicated lives of those who were doing the best they could with what they had. They listened and responded to the needs of the individuals who actively battled every day with technology to do the work that must be done in order to have a smooth running organization. They provided up-to-date, hands-on equipment to train the students and prepare them for a world of technology that they might be successful in life. New portraits were taken of each of the children that call Heart to Heart their family and home. Through photography, they captured smiles and joy on the faces of the children. They exposed the need for compassion and love. They were blessed by every moment they spent serving God and helping others who serve so faithfully in a ministry that dreams of impacting a whole nation.
Some detours God provided for this team were, a trip to the future site of even more Heart 2 Heart ministries, a round of youthfully victorious soccer, used approximately 200 balloons for various sculptures for the kids at the Village, and sharing in a dream with Oscar as he and Greg toured the coffee plantation. But probably the most awesome experience was that they were blessed to be a part of what lasted a whopping 10 minutes, and yet it will leave a lifetime imprint on the hearts and minds of all of the children at the Mary Frenter School, as well as the staff and volunteers. Via Sue, Violet the Clown made an appearance at the first chapel meeting of the new school year. She had Luis, one of the boys from the village, be her apprentice and dressed him in clown attire as well. Then they proceeded to dance to some spicy Latin music and tease several of the children with their purple boas. Laughter filled the chapel and smiles were on every face. It was an explosion of joy and fun!
To God be the glory!
By Sue Barfknecht