Faithful God..part 1

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We have been teaching faithfulness this month in the school, using the story of Shadrach, Meschach and Abednego. We told them how the King had made a law that everyone when they heard the music had to bow to the statue that he had made, or else! Or else what?…. they would be thrown into a blazing furnace. We told them how these three friends refused to bow to the statue.
I am sure they were terrified. I am sure that the idea of being thrown into a furnace, did not have them jumping for joy. Yet they remained faithful to God, regardless of the outcome.
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Shadrach, Meschach and Abednego replied “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defened ourselves before you. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to sabe us. He will rescue us from your power, Your majesty! But even if he doesn’t, we want to make it clear to you, Your majesty, that we will never serve your gods or worship the god of the statue you set up.”
We all know what happened. The King was so enraged, had the furnace heated seven times hotter. It was so hot it killed the guards that threw the three friends into the raging fire.
But what happened next? The King, to his amazement saw four men…not three walking around in the fire untouched. God had sent an angel to protect them. He ordered that they come out and everyone saw that they were not even scorched and didn’t even smell like smoke.
These three friends were faithful and willing to die for what they believed in….and as a result of their faithfulness they were promoted to even higher positions in Babylon. And no one was allowed to speak against their God.
They were faithful to God and He was faithful to them…
what about you….are there times in your life when God has shown you his faithfulness?

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Breanne

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For ten weeks we had the unforgetable experience of having Breanne Pierce serve along with us in Honduras. She lived with us and fit right in with our crazy family! She was a Godsend to us and there was never a dull moment while she was here. Not once this summer did I ever hear my kids say “I’m bored!” and that is a first….ever! She brought a lot of life and energy to this house. Now that she has returned back to Canada….this house is so quiet. As you can see from the below photos…she has lots of personality! My kids alreaday miss her so much. Elisa spent a lot of time yesterday crying in her room. Breanne was a big sister to her.
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She also loves to cook and so twice a week she cooked dinner. As much as I enjoy cooking It was nice to have a break…and we like the same kinds of healthy foods and for that reason I was able to try new recipes I had been wanting to try because I knew someone else besides me would like them…..like the black bean, sweet potato burgers. She loves Honduran food too, you name it, she likes it….especially pupusas. Also, Suyapa taught her how to make tortillas.

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I am going to miss walking with her. I am a fast walker, as those who know me can attest….however I had a hard time keeping up with her. She is fast! She said it was because her legs are twice the length of mine…hahaha. Now it’s back to walking on my own, with Reuben of course.

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Breanne has a definite call of God on her life, and she was amazing with the kids in the schools. They loved her! She has been studying spanish for three years or more now so she is very adept at communicating with people…not just the children. I think if she had to she could translate for us ….she really is that good!

Although speaks very good spanish, she still took Spanish classes with us.

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Ten weeks have gone by super fast. It has been crazy busy, teaching classes in the schools; (34 a month). Then there were the fun days in all the schools, purchasing vast amounts of food for the feeding program, two trips to Danli for ministry, a weekend away in Valle de Angeles, five of us plus the dog riding in a tuk tuk, hiking in La Tigra, climbing trees for mangos, weekly trips to the outdoor market and all the stops for coconuts from the coconut man. She was his best customer!

Now Breannne has gone home to Canada and will be starting college soon and going back to work at Tim Horton’s. We miss her and already feel the void in our home with her being gone. But we can’t wait to see where she is in a few years from now. We look forward to seeing where God directs her steps. Something tells me it will not be in Canada!

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Appreciating the moms

This week we held appreciation days in three schools for the moms who cook in the Schools of Hope kitchens. Every one of the moms that were honoured are committed to the ISFP (In School Feeding Program. They follow the guidelines set in place by Canadian food grains and the Canadian government. They are reliable. They believe in the program. They are making a difference in the lives of many, many children. For this reason, we wanted to appreciate and honour these moms who serve so faithfully each week. We brought a cake along with us to serve them and of course Pepsi.
Before we handed out the cake, Dale gave a little devotional to the moms. They may feel that what they do is insignificant…but it’s not! They all have a purpose. They are all significant and matter. They are greatly appreciated. Even when there may be days that they feel that what they do is not important or feel like┬ánot showing up.
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Dale had a tiny gift wrapped package and had each mom guess what was inside. Some thought maybe the gift contained soap, jewelry, thumb tacks….But when Dale opened the gift..(.which by the way was a paper clip box) inside were 15 different items. A few of these items were…a paper clip, button, elastic, kleenix, a kidney bean. All of these items, although small have a purpose. In some cases they have more than one possible purpose. After his devotional, Dale prayed over the moms. And then they ate their cake!
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At Escuela Maria Elana there was something else going on at the same time, in the tiny office. Something that touched my heart in a big way and made me want to break down and cry. It was not something that was sad…it was precious and something so beautiful.
There was a teacher there, sitting in the directors chair, and beside her sat Santiago; the security guard for the school. He was writing in his note book with a pencil as she repeated words to him. It didn’t take long for Breanne and I to realize what was happening. Here was this teacher taking time out of her day to teach this gentleman how to read! He had a smile on his face and I imagine he was so proud. I imagine that it had long been a dream of his to learn how to read and write..and he was learning! I don’t know how long this has been going on but it sure made my heart happy!
Breanne was able to capture a photo.
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One thing we have been praying for is rain….and we did get some today! Not only did it rain but a beautiful rainbow was in the sky! Honduras needs rain desperately. There are some parts of Honduras where one hundred percent of their crops are destroyed from lack of rain during what is rainy season. If there are no crops, that means for these farmers…no food. It’s absolutely devastating. So please pray for more rain.
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