The last few weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind. First of all, we had an intern named Sara with us for a number of weeks. She helped Kathy in the office and she helped us with the teaching of the Bible lessons. She was a natural, and the kids would ask for her if she was not there. Being with the children was her favorite place to be. Sara was a bit of a free spirit. One time after church on a Sunday morning, she went for the afternoon with one our Canadian friends who attends that church. They went down town and even rode a chicken bus! She was told just to look like you know what you are doing. She is a lot more brave than I am. She wasn’t afraid to drive here either and that is something I have yet to tackle, except for twice during Semana Santa. But she is the kind of girl that is always up for an adventure. She is definitely not afraid to try new things. And she loved the Honduran food! I do hope she comes back. We had a lot of laughs with her and I love her adventurous side!
We also had a couple from BC come down for a visit for ten days. Mike and Trish Evans. They are awesome! They were a huge help with us as we moved to a new team house during their time here. Whether it was organizing the kitchen or putting bunk beds together . They were a huge asset. One of my favorite memories was when we were at Jose Cecilio school and Mike had an assembly line of children lined up, throwing them high up in the air, one by one.
One night we had them over for dinner and afterwards we played phase ten. It was so much fun, I said they may have converted me to being a games person after all. It had been a long time since I laughed that hard. We loved having them here.
As mentioned above, we did move out of our former office/team house. We had kind of outgrown the last one and were finding with recent teams that we were very crowded. Especially if it rained, and we all had to be crammed into the dining room. The new team house is larger and brighter and has an covered outdoor area, where if it rains, we can still be outside. The great thing is that it is almost the same price as the former team house. We had a lot of good memories in that place and it was lovely and served us well during our time there, but we really had outgrown it. It is wonderful to be starting over in a new space.
Another highlight this month was seeing two of our staff members get married. Long time sweethearts ,Claudia and Edwin. Claudia teaches all of our kinder classes and helps teach the grade 5 students the semillitas course. Edwin is an assistant to the Bible teachers in 6 of the schools we are in. Both of them are amazing! They both love the Lord and have servant hearts.
Last week, our oldest child Jacob graduated high school. I can scarcely believe it. He did it! There were times when he was younger that I truly wondered if we would ever see the day, but we did and Dale and I could not be prouder of him. He is a fine young man and we are proud of the young man he has become. One thing here that is different from Canada is that graduations are very formal. I had to go out and purchase a floor length gown to walk Jacob down the aisle and Dale needed a suit.
Also last week our other two teens Ben and Elisa attended MK ( missionary Kid) youth camp which was held about forty minutes outside the city. For almost a week they were there with their peers. It was an amazing time for them, and honestly so needed . It was a chance to get away with people their own age, catch up with old friends, make new friends. It was a time to be real about what it is like to be an MK. They could be honest about their challenge and struggles. Like what it is like to be a part of two cultures and yet not fit in to either. I asked them what the highlight of MK camp was and Elisa it was practicing the skits. Apparently they were hilarious! Bens’ was dodgeball. “ I took out 4 people in the span of ten seconds!”
Breanne Pierce is back with us for a month this time before she heads of to El Salvador for a year. She was asked to lead the worship at MK camp. She gladly accepted. From all that I have heard, she did amazing. I don’t know how many of the young people came up to Breanne when we were picking the kid up from camp to tell her how much they really enjoyed the worship.
One thing I will say….that a house without the presence of Ben, Elisa and Breanne is a quiet house. And one day a little more than three years from now, Dale and I are going to wake up to a very quiet house because all the kids will have graduated and moved back to Canada. Not so sure I am looking forward to that. Time goes fast. Everything changes and all things become new.