Yesterday was a National holiday here in Honduras called Día del Niño...aka "Children's Day". We celebrated the day by providing meals to feed the children who live just outside of Gracias in an area known as Bella Vista.
Some of you that were able to see pictures and hear of Kevin's trip to Honduras in January might remember about a toy distribution to kids that had never had toys before. You might also remember the person who was instrumental in seeing that this was completed for the kids was a woman by the name of Nurse Beatty. Well, by divine intervention, we were able to reconnect with Nurse Beatty about two weeks ago when we took Isis and Eliza to Clinica San Lucas for medical care. Beatty was excited to see Kevin and immediately the wheels in her head were moving. During the three days that we were at the clinic she asked Kevin into her office to talk. She again shared about the children in the barrio(neighborhood) just next to hers where there is much lack and poverty. She wanted to have a celebration party for Dia del Niño just for them. She asked if we would help. After reading the first line, you already know what our answer was! We were able to provide the food; Beatty provided her home, as well as drinks and a goody bag for each child. We also were able to have 10 of the teachers from Minerva School who wanted to lend a hand. They were a great blessing and a big help to everything going smoothly and fun for the kids! They spent the morning talking with the kids, playing games and even teaching a little lesson on English along with chopping vegetables, pulling chicken and cooking outside over fire.
The day was a great success and about 50 kids were there for the food - although we saw about 80 kids during the time we were there. The best part is starting in October: 2 times per week, we will be there serving meals to the kids. Thanks to Kids Against Hunger and Alan & Trish Sowers for providing the vitamin-packed rice, Beatty for graciously offering her home and the teachers who are willing to help. We look forward to things changing physically and spiritually for this Barrio to the Glory of God.
Also, Isis is doing wonderfully and so is her mom Eliza. We also found out we will have a little boy in our house around October 1st!
Beatty leads the nurses at Clinica San Lucas in Gracias, Lempira.....the only place in Lempira that I'll trust the medical care! Beatty and her husband have huge hearts for their people.
The biggest change is Cristhian and Gisselle have started school.
5 days a week from 7:45 am til 2:10 pm for Cristhian and 3 pm for Gisselle.
Both 5 days a week and all day, on top of the English are new to them both.
After a year off, Gisselle was ready to take on the challenge and has taken to getting ready early and works on her homework with diligence in the evenings.
Christian likes to sleep in the morning and having all day school is new. We started out the week with new school year jitters but each day has been better and today he said he had a good day at school. Yeah!
The school supply list was long and detailed and between the language barrier and not having sales flyers and coupons, it was a true challenge for me. We got everything they needed but at three times the cost as if I would have shopped in the US. There is still one thing I could not bring myself to buy, a $10 plastic water bottle. Gisselle is borrowing my stainless steel one until I can get her one on our trip to Kansas in December.
Kevin and some friends made the trek to the top of Mount Celaque.It was a 3day 2night trip.
He really enjoyed the fellowship but would have done without his 80lb backpack. I was thankful to have Rachel Witte here during his trek. Really was thankful to have her here for a whole month.
She had a great time helping out at the desayunador (Breakfast Kitchen). As I type I am remembering we have added several videos of the desayunador to my youtube account. Let me post a few here so those who want to see before they visit....Children's Breakfast Kitchen Mon-Fri.Children's Breakfast Kitchen in GraciasChildren's Breakfast Kitchen Colonia Progresso
The kids are growing and really learning some Spanish now.
Annalise can carry on a decent conversation with other kids and play games. Abby does not say much yet unless she is correcting Annalise.
Josiah still asks how to say everything in Spanish. And when he is playing by himself he will sing in some understandable words and some not so much. His favorite words to sing are cuatro,cinco,seis. (4,5,6)
Jaelle is learning to sign. She can sign 'more' in response to more in English or mas in Espanol. She can also respond to sit down, come, and good-bye in both languages.
Kevin is doing well also. He is determined and works it hard and is learning quick. He had his first opportunity to preach last week in village called Los Ciles. It went really well. Russell Sowers gave the interpretation in Spanish to help so that the service would move along. A year from now, Kevin will not need an interpreter.