For most of May, we were in a really good groove: the before and after-school program has been going great; the youth ministry has some great energy; Hillside hosted events to sell jewelry and scarves and sold out of almost everything; and Sean finalized his very first coffee export.... And then the last week came.
The last Saturday in May, our church Llamado Eterno celebrated its 12th year anniversary. Whitney practiced with the worship team all week to put on a celebration concert featuring a special dance by the youth. The service was packed as we celebrated together as a family 12 years of serving Danli, Honduras. Sunday, the celebration continued. Instead of Sunday School, we had a kids soccer tournament and instead of youth service, we had the “water Olympics” (basically a bunch of youth getting soaked) followed by more soccer. More than 100 youth came out for the event!
Two days later, our church suffered a horrible loss. Brother Joaquin – Ruth’s father and one of the church’s elders – died of a heart attack. Joaquin was an amazing man who had taught Sunday School and discipleship classes for years. His wake was full of pain but also celebration of a man who touched so many lives.
In May we experienced the blessing of being a part of a church family – together we celebrated and together we mourned.
In loving memory of Joaquin Triminio