Sean, Lucia, and I just got back to Honduras from six weeks back in Chicagoland. I'd like to share with you what the heck we spend our time doing while we are back Stateside as it is a huge part of our ministry efforts!
Goals for time back home
COMMUNICATION WITH SPONSORS: Communicating with over 200 Empowering Education and personal sponsors is a huge job, but we LOVE it! Honestly, it is one of my favorite parts of being home. First, we help all the sponsored children write letters to each of their sponsors and include an updated photo of them. Once translated, we send them out by mail. We also were able to send out our own personal updates and thank you cards. All of this is so important to us as we want everyone who gives to know all the good that they are supporting.
ARTISANS OF HOPE: Being Stateside gives us the unique opportunity to market the beautiful handmade jewelry, clothing, and accessories made by the women in Artisans of Hope. We hosted a big open house right when we got back and proudly displayed hundreds of products. Praise God the turnout was great and the sales that night and throughout the month of at churches in Texas, Iowa, and Illinois were much more than we ever imagined.
EEI SPONSORSHIPS: When home, we are able to really work on getting more children the sponsorships they need to go to school. We were able to create presentations and send photos of children to Texas and Iowa to be sponsored. We also met with people interested in Chicagoland and presented at the Swedish Covenant Church of Schaumburg! We are excited to report that about 20 new families have decided to sponsor a child!
PRAYER AND RENEWAL: This time also allows us to be in prayer and reflect as a couple on our lives and ministry. While on the field, we are inundated with needs, activities, work, people, and just busyness. It is a much needed time to rest and recuperate from a year of ministry and to renew for the next!
Back in Honduras.... and Going to Uganda!
Now that we are back in Honduras, we have hit the ground running!
At Llamado Eterno Christian School, our school that is 100% supported by Empowering Education sponsorships, We are getting ready for our first day of school on February 1. We will be welcoming 45 new students with an enrollment of 82 total. The teachers and staff are excited about the challenges the new year will bring and have been working round the clock to get ready for it all.
We are also getting 130 uniforms purchased, organized, packed, and passed out for all of our sponsored children in 17 different public schools. All these children will receive stipends for their registration and school supplies- making it possible for them to attend school!!!
Yes... I said Uganda!
Sean is right now on his way to Uganda, Africa! He was only back in Honduras for two days to get the baby and me settled, repack his bags, and begin a 72 hour journey to Uganda. There, he is collaborating with Lighthouse Community Church of Des Moines, Iowa in educational ministry and missions at a local orphanage and school. We are excited and praising God that Empowering Education International ministry is reaching a whole different part of the world!
And of course, little Lucia...
My little light is almost a year old! She continues to be a very happy, easy baby. It was so much fun having her home with all our family and friends. We celebrated her first Christmas (Santa brought her Puffs and new pacifiers) and loved every minute of it. Her grandparents especially loved being a part of her life for a short while, and it was such a blessing for her to get to know them more. She is not yet walking on her own, but could compete in Olympic furniture walking, and she is babbling like crazy! My dad commented that she "learned to eat like an American," because she certainly is eating more and more everyday! She is healthy, happy, and, to this mama, just perfect.
THANK YOU so much for your prayers and support! You are so important to our ministry and to us, personally. Thank you for reading all the way to the end of the update, too! It was a long one, but we are so excited to tell you everything that is going on here. God has done so much and continues to work and move in and through us.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.