We write to you from our ranch homestead in Honduras on the starting line of another Central American rainy season. We sincerely hope you and your loved ones are well and thriving despite the pandemic.
The Honduran post office finally opened up after having been closed the past six months, but they are only mailing letters to a short list of American cities, and for 16 times the normal price! Needless to say, our hand-written thank-you notes to those who support this mission have still been unable to be sent! : ) Via this post we would, however, like to extend our sincere thanks to all those who continue to pray for and financially support this little mission in this corner of the world. It has been and remains our intention to be a small, flickering flame to those around us for God’s glory, lighting others’ paths and encouraging those near and far in the truth of Christ. Please continue to pray for us that God might grant us persevering faith so that this purpose might be accomplished.
We continue to operate our small Christian school long-distance as the majority of our students are now receiving their education out of our teachers’ homes. My husband frequently does house-visits to several of our students’ homes in order to encourage them and oversee their progress, both spiritually and academically. We are waist-deep in many agricultural and maintenance projects on our ranch where we live and serve, and I have put on the hat of “stay-at-home mom” for the past six months as my days have largely revolved around the constant care of our five foster teens and the daily management of our household as I’m currently not teaching classes, directing meetings with our teachers, etc, in the traditional sense.
We would ask for prayer during this time for sleep issues in our household. I’ve struggled with nearly constant insomnia for about 15 years, and recently a couple of our teenage foster daughters have begun complaining about sleepless nights and ensuing fatigue during the day. My nearly constant state of sleeplessness and now that of some of our children is perhaps the most consistent and disconcerting factor in our household. We don’t know what the root cause of this is, and the remedies we’ve tried thus far have proved ineffective, so we simply ask for prayer in this respect for our family. Under such circumstances it is easy to feel discouraged and adrift as you just try to get through each day. Thank you for your prayers!
Every morning as a family we have a devotional and pray together before commencing the day’s activities. We’d like to encourage you to join us in prayer for the worldwide pandemic and all that it implies. God bless you and your loved ones in your daily affairs, and may we each live in accordance with God’s will and with our hopes placed firmly in His promises.
Jennifer, for Darwin and family/mission
3 thoughts on “Late Summer Updates”
Dear Jennifer and Darwin, Thank you for the great photos and the updates on your family. I can’t believe how fast they are growing. Josue looks like a young man, not a little boy anymore and the girls are so beautiful! Again, thanks for the photos. They make me feel as if I were there with you again. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you. Shirley Hooper
Thank you for the newsy update and for the wonderful pictures! It’s so good to get to see all of you!! We are praying for restful, peaceful, restorative sleep—for all!!! I, too, know the exhaustion and frustration of not being able to sleep! I love you all sooooo much and can’t wait to hear when the book will be coming out!!!!!!
What a beautiful family Jennifer and Darwin, you two have managed to create a loving environment in the midst of chaos, for yourselves as well as for your adopted children. God bless you all and bring peace to your hearts and minds so that healing sleep can find you. Hugs to all, Gigi Starnes