This past month was a month of new beginnings. New projects, new ministries, new jobs… lots of new!
Our most exciting news is the birth of the afterschool program. After a year of fundraising, construction, planning, and praying, we opened up afterschool tutoring classes in Spanish, math, English, and computer for kids from kinder to high school. Our first month was extremely successful as we welcomed 150-190 children into the church where they were received much needed help in their studies in a positive, loving environment. The response to the church opening up this program has been tremendous and much more than expected. We are prayerfully considering expanding this program as soon as possible from twice a week to four times a week in order to meet the needs of all of these children.
The small business project, Joyas de Esperanza, has also had an exciting month. After hearing that almost all the jewelry and hand-sewn items had sold during our time in the States, the women have thrown themselves into developing their local businesses with these earnings. It is invigorating to see these women, who not long ago were only focused on surviving the day, to not only dreaming of a better future but also working toward that future!
With all these changes, the church feels alive and is buzzing with activity. Sunday School classes are once more bursting out of their classrooms and the youth group is now seeing between 45-55 teenagers each week hungry for the word of God. We are blessed beyond measure to be a part of this beautiful church that lives up to its motto: LOVE IN ACTION.
Finally, Sean and I have settled into our new jobs. I have switched from teaching full time at a private school to working twice a week supervising and training the English teachers Pre-K through High School. Sean too has made a big change as he has partnered up with Volunteer Coffee in Fort Worth, Texas and is working on his first export of Honduran coffee. He is enjoying this new project and the challenges it brings as he has been traveling to coffee farms and building relationships with Honduran farmers. Both of us feel very blessed with these changes, as we are able to have more time and flexibility devoted to the ever-growing ministries here in Danlí, Honduras.