I realize the last post has lots of pictures of a place without the details of how we are going to be using the property. This post will be details.
We are signing a three year least to start November 1st.
We will move in this coming weekend.
There are a few immediate things that need to be done to the place :
1) Kevin will be reworking some of the fencing and adding an iron gate to the front of the property to keep our kids and animals in and others out. There is a river that runs right along the property which is a wonderful relaxing sound, but as a mother to 4 curios and adventurous kids with more kids being added to the mix soon, I need to know there is no way for the kids to get to the river.
2) Right now there is a staircase in the family room that leads to an unfinished second level. As in just a concrete slab without anything keeping a child on the roof. Kevin also has the job putting up a wall in the living room to keep kids in and any curious birds or creatures out.
3) The kitchen has rough poured concrete cabinets spaces, but no counter tops or cabinets and the wall are still rough to the tough. I love to cook for my family but I need just a little more to settle in and be able to cook for our family and friends.
We also will be receiving a list from the Honduran organization INFA that works similar to the SRS in the US with the requirements needed to the house to qualify as a Children's Home or a Hogar de Niños. We have yet to receive that list but we know we will be building beds and dressers and need another table and chairs for kitchen at the very least.
We are believing God that all things will be in place to begin receiving kids into our home by February 1st. We envision our home growing by as many as 12 in the next 3 years. After much prayer and talking with many others we have decided that our home will be accepting both girls and boys and they will be no older than 3 years of age. We know this ministry will take more than the 2 of us. We ask for continual prayers as we work thru the process and are open for to help in many different areas. Here most kids removed from their homes and placed in care are not able to be replaced back with their families. We are planning that the kids placed in out care will become ours until they reach the ago of 21, the age for legal adulthood here in Honduras. We goal is to love and encourage them into the arms of our Father to fulfill the purposes of God for their lives.
We are wanting to use the land in each and every way to provide for the people that will be calling here home.
1) We desire fruit trees. There is already banana, papaya, lime, lemon, nancie and guava trees. I would like to add mango, avocado, moringa, and plantains at the start.
2) We desire chickens for eggs and for meat.
3) We desire a tilapia pond with hydroponic vegetables...tomatoes and salad green.
4) We desire a garden will all different yummy foods growing to be eaten fresh or canned for the future.
Please add your faith to ours that God will
We are soooo excited! God is faithful to provide exceedingly abundantly more than we imagined!
We received a call from a lawyer friend how had a lawyer friend that just acquired a large house he was looking to rent. A few days later we were standing amazed at the house that was right in our town, just hidden behind a grove of trees. It has 4 large bedrooms and 3 1/2 baths inside the main house, A large area right outside the bedrooms that I believe will work as a school/play area. There is a large living room and dining room connected by a half wall and a decent size kitchen. The kitchen does need counter tops, cabinets and paint but the owner is providing all the materials to finish the job. There is also a small house and a few out buildings. There is also plenty of room for chickens = fresh eggs and space for a tilapia setup with hydroponic vegetables.
We have already had the house inspected by the Ministrio Pubilco and they gave up a great big thumbs up and offered to bring us 10 kids the next day! Ok, so we are not ready to take on 10 kids on day one but we are praying to have everything in place to start receiving kids February 1st.
We are in need of $2,400 to make the move. We have received $500 and pledges for a few hund If you are willing to help us, please send all donations to AIM at 1607 E Brendonwood, Derby, KS 67037 and shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org when you do!
Life has been moving rapidly along, going as fast as ever -minus- decent access to internet. So now I am going to take this opportunity and try to fill you in on the past two months about what God has been doing with our family.
In the first part of August, we said adios to Ma (Kevin's mom from Kansas) after she spent three weeks here, and we immediately started packing up everything in order to move our household into a studio apartment and then depart for Intibuca, Honduras (the next state over). We stayed approx. 4 weeks in El Obispo, Yamaranguilla, Intibuca at a girls ranch helping out where we could.
It was a great experience to get to know the 34 girls living there and observe how their lives have changed for the better. I have to admit it was crazy and tiring. And the staff seem to lead tireless and determined lives 24/7. But, I was able to start picturing our near future and that is totally exciting!
During our time at the ranch, we finally received the call that it was time to make the long trip to the capital to complete our Residency progress. Praise God! The trip went well and we were only in the government building 2 hours for all 6 of us. That has to be a new record for accomplishing anything here! Of course, we still have to wait for the actual ID cards to be ready (but that seems like the easy part). No more need to leave the country or have the hassles of renewing our Visas every 90 days.
We also have the blessing of having Naomi Rider here. Naomi came down from her home in upstate New York to hang with our family for 3 months. She contacted us thru a ministry called Missionary Nannies and has taken off a semester from college to come be a blessing to our family. The kids welcomed her immediately. :-)
We decided that with Naomi arriving it was a great time to head to the beach for some family time and to get to know one another. As many of you know, 4 of the 6 of us have birthdays in September. So, we we able to rent a small, finished apartment right on the beach for 1 month at the same cost as a hotel for 1 week. Guess what we picked? Kevin also spent a little time at another ministry that has 19 children where the oldest is just 8. And we spent quality time with another missionary family that is called by God to start a child rescue center in Copan (the next department NW from Lempira). It was great getting to know them and hear what God is impressing upon them to do and share the same about our family with them. We will be neighbors after all! It was encouraging.
While on the coast, we visited a brand new church plant. Many of you who know us well have met us in different parts of the USA while church planting. We can attest first hand to how much work goes into the process and the hours that you must bathe the work in prayer. The young pastor, Jeronimo, is totally doing it right by just loving on all the people in the area. Even before the 'church meetings' ever started, Jeronimo spent time literally walking around the village of El Cacao, going house to house, hut to hut, meeting each family and individual....getting to know them and talking with them about the love of God. If they did not have a church home, they were encouraged then to meet together with he and his wife. They also started a feeding kitchen for the children in the area 2x per week. On our 1st week visiting, there had to be at least 60 kids and some 35 adults and the numbers we simply increasing from week to week. We truly enjoyed being able to worship with them. We thank God for their lives and dedication to the Lord