Yesterday when we came home from a full day up at the schools of hope, my heart was bursting with emotion. I could not even begin to put into words all that we had seen and experienced that day. I was happy, so very happy and yet I also wanted to weep. Weep at the goodness of God and they way we saw His hand move up in the mountains. They may be a forgotten people to the rest of the world or the rest of Tegucigalpa, but God has not forgotten them! It was a beautiful! Miracles didn’t just happen when Jesus walked the earth. They happened yesterday. I saw them for myself.
The Lundrigans first began the work here years ago. It has long been a dream of their hearts to bring water up to these schools. Can you even begin to imagine living in an area where there is no running water? How would you live? To us, water is a given thing. Something that we take for granted. We turn on the tap, and we know without thinking about it that water will flow from the taps. Not so for the people here. Not so for the schools. Unfathomable….and yet for them, it is reality.
Yesterday we were prepared to head up to one of the schools to do crafts all day. We received word though that the water truck was at one of the schools! The tanks were delivered the previous day…and what an interesting process that was getting those enormous tanks over the walls!
I will never forget the day water came to the schools. It was a day wrought with emotion. Tears flowed. Getting water up there was not an easy process. It wasn’t like you make a call one day and have water delivered the next. There was much stress and many tears shed before…and yet yesterday it was reality. At Moises Starkman school, Judy held onto the hose and felt the water flow through it with such a powerful force it almost knocked her to the ground. “The water is coming!” she said, overcome with emotion and many tears. You see, this was something, that up until now she had only dreamed about, and now it was happening! It was no longer a dream. It took several people to hold onto the hose for the hose not to come whipping out of the tank and spraying everyone. Moises Starkman had water!! Not only that but the guy from Sana who delivered the water told us it was drinkable as he reached into the newly filled tank, filled his mug with water and began to drink. I don’t think the kids realized what an incredible gift this was to them….they were used to not having it.
The second miracle happened when we finally made it over to Maria Elana school for the crafts. The team brought with them these really cool photo frame crafts for the children to make. Once their photo frame was made they would have their photo taken with a Polaroid camera to put in the frame. There was a problem though. Most classes have between 40 and 50 children. There was only enough print for 41 Polaroid prints. What if they got to the class and there were not enough prints? Well, guess what? The class that they had wanted to do the craft in? 41 children on the attendance role. Exactly enough!
There were two more instances that day where there was enough. One was in a grade one class who received underwear. Exactly enough for each child. Then came the second class of grade ones. The team had socks to hand out to them. They were handed out and there was even one left over….but then a child came up and said she did not receive a pair, and so the exact amount once again.
Another dream that the Lundrigans have had is for the kinder class. Kinder is held in a separate building next door to the school. This class has never had bathrooms. Can you imagine a school with no bathrooms? So when the kids needed to go, they had to go outside on the ground. The team from St. Catharines came down and began the work on the bathrooms with the help of some of the men in the community. They are now near completion! Now these precious kids will have somewhere to go when the need arises. Not only that, but kinder now has a gate around the school, thanks to this amazing team that has been with us this week.
There was something else too; one final thing, that happened before we came home that day. In the car on the way down the mountain, Dale was telling Cliff and Jackie; a lovely married couple on our team about a gift his mom had sent down to him. Recees Peanut Butter cups. Dale’s favorite! It was a gift that Dale left on our bed and a gift that our dog Reuben managed to get a hold of…and eat! How disappointing to receive your favorite treat, only to have your dog eat it all.
Jackie came into the room and she says while crying that she knew there was a reason she didn’t eat these this week…and then she proceeded to give Dale a bag full of peanut butter cups! What a sweet heart and what a blessing!
Isn’t it great how God cares about all the details? Water, bathrooms, fences, polaroid prints, socks, underwear and Recees Peanut Butter Cups!
photo credit on group photo to Drew Unruh