This past week we enjoyed the visit of Keith and Tamara Carroll with their adopted son, Mike, from San Antonio, Texas.
Below are several of the photos that Tamara took during their visit. We have enjoyed many changes and new faces in this new year as we have added the discipleship-based secondary school, expanded the elementary school, grown in our Bible study teaching among our neighbors, and generally learned many, many lessons as the Lord continues to guide the work He is accomplishing in and through us in Honduras.
Trying to move our two calves away from our front gate at 6:30am so the students can pass!
The students begin arriving by foot or bicycle up the long dirt path to our home/mission
Chit-chatting before classes begin at 7:00am
Miss Isis, our elementary school teacher, in class with her students, all of whom are very behind academically and/or have never been in school before. Several of them are learning how to read and write for the first time in our program after having failed out of and/or repeated grades in the public school system .
Three of our second-graders: Josselyn (age 11), Yexon (age 11) and Paola (age 8). Josselyn has been in our family since July 2015, and the other two are our night watchman’s children.
Darwin, Miss Isis, and I with her 10 elementary students. I think we forgot to do our homework or something, because the kids are scolding us!
Isis and her students (Brayan, Josselyn and Gaby are included in this group)
Darwin with some of his choir kids before practice
Community lunch for our 26 students (10 in elementary and 16 in secondary) before Bible study on Tuesdays and Thursdays
Goliath, our Rottweiler, loves to play soccer with the students at recess!
Miss Ligia, our 7th-grade teacher, in class
Our high schoolers (all in 7th grade) with Darwin in Music Theory class
In recorder class with Darwin
Darwin giving P.E. class to our high schoolers under the hot midday sun!
Our eldest daughter Dayana (age 15), one of our 7th-graders, coming in what looks like first place with her classmate Dariela. After the first marking period, Dayana came out with the highest average among her classmates, 91%!
Darwin, Miss Ligia, and I with our 16 high school students (Sandra and Dayana are included in this group)
Miss Isis’ prayer group
Darwin’s prayer group meets to pray in a tree behind the schoolhouse!
My prayer group, in which we finally had a huge breakthrough on Thursday when two of the older teen boys, skeptics, began asking a lot of fantastic questions and opening their hearts to hear responses based on the Truth of God’s Word.
Miss Martha (our nurse, cook, and reading teacher), Miss Isis (her daughter, the elementary teacher), and I after classes
Gaby, who has been in our family since July 2015, and I. Since she doesn’t have a birth certificate and we don’t know how old she is, we’ve taken the liberty to decide that her birthday will be June 3rd! She’ll be turning 8 years old!
Brayan’s back! The young man who lived with us for 8 months and continues to call us “Pa” and “Ma,” is now back in school with us 5 days a week along with faithful participation in choir, Bible study, prayer group, etc.
Brayan had to stay after school to clean our dining room because he was joking around too much in choir practice! We’re all a work in progress!
Darwin sitting in our front yard after classes as our kids and students enjoy a pick-up soccer game
This is Sandra, the newest addition to our family! She is 15 years old and is a student in our high school program along with our other 15-year-old daughter, Dayana. Please continue to pray for her protection as the situation with her abusive step-father is still far from being resolved.
Our first series of family photos now that our family has expanded and we have 8 kids after the arrival of Sandra (age 15) last month!
Everybody grab somebody!
I think 8-year-old Jason’s shorts went a little too far north when Dayana picked him up!
Brayan jumped in for the last photo!
Amen! Glory to God!