Artisans of Hope
The Artisans of Hope small business ministry has also had a great year. The women, who make the jewelry and sewn items, are taking on more and more responsibilities and learning the ‘ins and outs’ of designing, ordering, quality control, and even sales! We can see the difference this project has made in their lives, as they each feel empowered to provide for their families and lift themselves out of poverty.
Empowering Education International
Llamado Eterno Christian School began February 1, 2017- offering quality, Christian education to 37 kindergarteners and first-graders living in extreme poverty. This year, the children surpassed every expectation we had for them. They are speaking English, memorizing Scripture, and already learning to read and write! Next year, we will have 82 students fully sponsored from pre-k to second grade. Praise God!! We also have another 126 students fully sponsored to attend public schools. We continue to work with them at our weekly tutoring classes, Sunday school, youth group, and in their individual communities. All our kiddos keep us very busy, but we love each of them like family and really enjoy seeing them learn and grow.
Llamado Eterno Church
Our beautiful church in Danlí is living up to its motto “Love in Action” every day. It is wonderful to be part of such a caring and servant-hearted group of believers. This year, we were amazed at how many people, especially youth, have stepped into volunteer positions to teach at Sunday school, cook and serve meals to the children, and go out into the most impoverished communities to serve and share the love of Christ.
The Warner Family
Lucia Janette Warner joined us on the mission field in Honduras February 2, 2017. She is now almost a year old, growing fast, and learning every day. She is babbling up a storm and an expert ‘furniture walker.’ She is such a happy baby and truly is a light to all who know her.
More than ever, we are trusting completely on the Lord and His provision. This journey is not always easy, and this year we have been stretched and pulled and at times all twisted up J; however, we are so grateful to be where we are and to have seen how God can use people like us to make a difference.
We humbly thank you for your prayers and financial support. You are a huge part of our lives and ministry, and we could not be more grateful!
How to Help
All giving can be set up at www.EmpoweringEducationInternational.com >Give now
Checks can be made out to Empowering Education International (with fund in memo)
and sent to David Bream 1802 Forest Bend Ln. Keller, TX 76248
Celebrating the end of our first school year at Llamado Eterno Christian School was a moment of pure joy and unending gratitude to the Lord for all He has accomplished in the lives our our 37 little ones. Next year, the school will be growing to 82 children pre-k through second grade!
The Scholarship program
With 140 children receiving full scholarships to attend school throughout 17 different public schools of Danlí and El Paraíso, Honduras, we have a lot to be thankful for! These children have all benefited from the tutoring program at church we host on Saturdays, where they receive free classes in Spanish, math, English, and computer.
Our beautiful church is beyond blessed by two amazing pastors with servant-hearts, a congregation ready to put love in action, and multitude of children filled with love and energy. Our youth group has been growing in numbers and energy, often leaving the church building to reach out to the community. We also enjoyed a leadership conference with Pastor Dave Bream and Elder Tim Duff from Hillside in the fall that served to edify and encourage leadership of the church.
Our little Lucia is growing bigger and brighter every day. She is almost ten months now and trying her hardest to learn to walk. She loves crawling, pulling herself up, "furniture walking," and helping us baby-proof by finding any danger in the house. Praise God, she is happy as can be and perfectly healthy.
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My heart is full and my soul content. The last month God poured His love over our little family and our humble church through the body of Christ.
At the beginning of July we welcomed visitors from Texas, Chicago, and Canada, all united to serve the people of Danlí on Hillside Community Church’s yearly mission trip. The week was a huge success and a huge blessing to both the missionaries and Hondurans a like. Here are some highlights from the trip.
Connecting Sponsor Families
Personally, my favorite part of the trip each year is connecting the sponsors from the US to the children they have faithfully supported and their families. It is a moment met with much anticipation and excitement, but it is one that neither will soon forget. The children are meeting someone who loves them, believes in them, and has invested into their future, and for children who have only been surrounded by poverty and brokenness their entire lives, this is a really big deal.
For the second year, Llamado Eterno and Hillside worked together to host a medical brigade at the church. With 10 doctors, 3 dentists, and a large team of Gringo and Honduran volunteers, we were able to attend to 620 children and adults who came in need of medical and dental attention.
The mission team visited three impoverished communities of Danlí: La Urrutia, Los Robles, and El Chacon. In each community, the team visited the homes, spent time praying for the families, and shared dramas and games with the children.
Construction Project: A Place to Play
Lighthouse Community Church of Iowa and Hillside Community Church of Texas have never met each other, but worked together to bless the children of Llamado Eterno with a beautiful covered park. The kids absolutely went nuts the first (and second and third…) time they got to play on the slides, swings, and even a little rock wall! This is such a huge gift to the children at the church. I cannot express enough how grateful we all are.
Two Churches Acting Like One
Hillside has been such an important part of Llamado Eterno’s story and visa versa. This year, we acted as one church as we celebrated baptisms together, worshipped together, prayed together, and went out into the city to evangelize together- A true representation of what the body of Christ should look like!
And of course we just love our family and friends
This trip was extra special for me as my little Lucia got to spend time with so many of our most precious loved ones. She was happy to be passed around from one loving set of arms to another. I am especially thankful that my in-laws were able to visit and get some grandma and grandpa time in with their little girl and that three of my very good friends stayed a little longer after the mission team went home to visit and help with school and ministry. It was so fun to have a house full of girls!!
Our baby is turning six months next week and growing so fast! She is rolling all over the place and getting stronger everyday. It definitely won’t be long until she is crawling… Yikes!!! We are all thankful she is now sleeping through the night in her crib and giving mommy and daddy a little extra rest. Praise God she is healthy, happy, and just perfect!
We are so excited to share our big news-- the formation of the non-profit organization, Empowering Education International (EEI)! We have taken this big step of faith with the vision of expanding the Honduras Education Project to help children in need all over the world through education and the love of Christ. Check out our new website here. (Note: Both Honduras Education child sponsorship giving and our personal ministry support will switch from Hillside to EEI's online giving system. You should receive an email with complete instructions, but can also make the change by clicking here- remember to cancel your giving with Hillside after)
This past week, we welcomed 16 missionaries from Lighthouse Community Church. It was a week packed full of blessing the church, the children, and the community of El Chacon, Danlí. The team made 37 beds for children living in poverty, shared Bible stories and teachings with over 800 children, and delivered 100 bags of food. Praise God for people like these who are willing and ready to serve!
The Llamado Eterno church has been growing as well. The church was able to purchase a second larger bus thanks to the help of Hillside Community Church. Both buses are full every weekend picking up kids from the different communities. Nine people were baptized at the spring baptism event– one of the most fun days for the church here. We’ve had some packed services recently for Mother’s day and the celebration of the 13th anniversary of the church. We are constantly amazed at how God is using and growing the Llamado Eterno church.
And of course our amazing four-month old Lucia just keeps growing faster than ever!. We are so happy to have a happy and healthy baby and we appreciate all of your prayers and support. She is so loved by the church here in Honduras - there’s usually quite a line at church for who gets to hold her – and by all our family and friends back in the US.
This year so far has been one for the books... and we are only in April!!! It seems like everything about our life and ministry looks completely different than it did just a few short months ago. God has brought us into a season of change with new challenges and new blessings.
Of course, the biggest change for us has been the birth of our sweet baby girl, Lucia. She was born on February 2nd and just turned two month old yesterday. I have been staying at home with her the past couple months and am just starting to get back to work at the church. Despite the slow learning curve of her parents, she is a happy, healthy baby. We are overjoyed with her and so grateful to God for this precious creation.
Our church has a new baby as well! The Llamado Eterno Christian School opened its doors February 1st to the pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and first grade students of the Honduras Education Project. This long-awaited dream of Pastor Arturo and Ruth and the Honduras Education Project team has finally come to fruition after years of prayer, fundraising, and paperwork. The students, all from impoverished communities, are now finishing their first quarter of the school year and have done very well. The teachers and staff are just amazed ay how quickly this group of students, who came in without any formal education, have begun reading, writing, and even speaking English!
The entire Honduras Education Project has been doing very well. This year, we expect to have over 200 students sponsored through the program to go to school!! Praise God that He continues to touch the hearts of faithful givers in the States to sponsor children and uses their faithfulness to change lives here in Honduras.
Praise God that He continues to bring blessings to Llamado Eterno church and its ministries. We are overwhelmed by the growth we have seen in our time here and over the past few months. The church is growing, people are coming to Christ, children are being educated, and lives are changing every day! We are so thankful to God and to all our supporters that make this possible!
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Dear friends and family,
Sean and I wanted to take a minute to thank you for your faithful support of our ministries here in Honduras this past year. God’s blessing through your giving has allowed us to pour our hearts into our work in Danlí. The past year has been one of great change. Our family has begun, our church has grown, and new projects and ministries have taken root.
On February 2, we welcomed our sweet baby girl onto the mission field. Lucia Janette Warner was born weighing 7lbs, 8oz. and measuring 19in. long. She is just over a month now and simply perfect. I have taken some time off to take care of her, but I am looking forward to getting back to work soon.
The Honduras Education Project opened a new chapter this year with the beginning of Llamado Eterno Christian School. Inviting children from the poorest areas of Danlí to the church for a quality education in a loving, supportive environment, we have begun to fulfill a dream dating back to the beginning of the church itself. Forty children are currently enrolled in kindergarten and first grade, and we look forward to growing and adding more children and more grade levels each year. The program has also expanded the Afterschool tutoring program that offers free classes in Spanish, math, English, and computers for the 150 children sponsored to attend public school. Praise God for all these lives being changed with these opportunities!
The small business project is also doing well and growing. Now with two years of experience and training in making jewelry and hand-sewn accessories, the women from the impoverished Urrutia community are taking on more responsibility within the business and also managing their own local businesses. It is wonderful to see the women become more independent as they are empowered to provide for their families. We are currently finalizing the paperwork to make this a non-profit organization called Artisans of Hope that the small businesses will fall under; thus, opening doors for us to expand sales in the United States.
Our church here has also been doing very well. We were recently blessed with a second bus, which came just in time, as the church has been growing and more families coming from impoverished areas on the outskirts of the city. The busses allow us to welcome all who wish to come to church services, Sunday school, youth group and the Afterschool Program. We have seen tremendous growth, not only in numbers, but also in people willing to serve and lead.
Our lives and ministries here in Danlí are more blessed than ever. We are so thankful to God that He allows us to be here and serve Him and the people of Honduras. We sincerely thank you for your support and your prayers.
-Sean, Whitney & Lucia Warner
Sean & Whitney
Sean and Whitney Warner have been missionaries in Danlí, Honduras since Oct. 2013. We love sharing all that God is doing in Danlí through our ministry updates posted to this page. Thank you for reading! Feel free to leave a comment or write us at email@example.com.