Archive for October, 2010

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Miguel and Elvis are going to graduate on November 14th.

Back in 1991, Nelson graduated from the Technical Institute, in Tegucigalpa as a Carpenter. This, along with the farm schools are institutions started by the Episcopal church as a way of helping poor young boys get their junior high schooling and learn a trade. These schools offer a number of different trades used all over Honduras such as carpentry, electrician and welding. In the farm school, they learn agriculture or work with animals.

This is a boarding school, so they in turn learn the importance of cleaning, washing, cooking etc. They don’t have their mothers to do all the work for them. They have to learn to do things on their own. Both institutes have full time cooks, but the students take turns to help in the kitchen.  Most of them come home and help their mothers around the kitchen, washing the dishes, etc.

 Since Nelson`s graduation, we try to support these schools by sending as many boys as possible that do not have the opportunity to go to school.  Since the demand is so high, they first have to go for two weeks to do different admission exams, test the field to see if they really like it and would like to stay.

This is not easy for the young people especially from Roatan as it is so far away from home and the very first time away from their parents. They are accepted according to their results in the exams. However there are exceptions. A student may fail all their exams but because of their level of poverty they are accepted.

This year two boys from Brick Bay, Roatan are graduating from the technical school on November 14th. Miguel was trained as a Carpenter and Elvis as an Electrician, both at the moment are in the practical aspect of their education. In their third year it is a requirement for graduation to go to a local business and put into practice everything they had been learning. This also helps them see how the businesses work and some of the time, they are hired following graduation depending on the need and work ethic.

Their mothers, poor as they are, are doing everything possible to be able to travel to the capital city to be with their sons on this day. This is something to be proud of in the life of the family and they are willing to give up the money to eat for a week in order to attend this most important event in their son’s lives.

They are ready to come back to Roatan, find a job, support their families and continue to finish high school.

Pray for them that God will provide opportunities to work and continue to improve their knowledge to be examples in this society.

Congratulations to the graduates, and may God continue to bless them.

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Praise God in his Holy temple; let everything that has breath praise the Lord, Hallelujah! Psalm 150: 1, 6

We believe that worship is the most important part in the life of the church, because this is what draws people closer to God, for this reason we started training a few girls and boys between ages 8 to 12 to sing and lead the worship at every Sunday service. One day during Bible Study, while worshiping a group of 4 girls really sang out to God, which added to the worship as they sang their hearts out. It sounded so beautiful, so we decided to ask them if they would like to sing in a choir for Sunday services. Netheless to say, we didn’t have to mention anything else. We told them that practice was going to be at a certain day and time. This day we arrived a bit early and they were all on top of us asking if it was time for practice now. Even the parents are enjoying this excitment as this is the only way to get them to do the chores because they can’t go until they finish.
While in Canada, we were donated a drum which David, one of the boys plays on a regular basis. He really does a great job with it, and one day during Bible Study he shared how he had prayed to God to show him what he could do in church, and the Lord answered his prayer as he is part of the worship. This really encourages us to see these kids so involved and excited to be a part of the church worshiping God.
This is a start of the band that we want to form, and we are praying that God will provide people who want to play the guitar or piano, which gives the freedom to Nelson to be able to lead without having to worry about playing on Sunday mornings.

Margarita, one of the church members will be providing vestments for all of them to use every Sunday as she sees their motivation and wants to help in any way she can. This also adds to their enthusiasm. These kids are such a blessing not only to us but to the other adults as well. Through this, the adults feel more encouraged as well, and just draws us closer together as a church family.
God is so Good, praise the Lord, please continue to pray for this group of kids, that they can continue to sing and give the Glory to our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Hallelujah!
Sing to the Lord a new song; sing his praise in the congregation of the faithful.
Psalm 149: 1

Youth Service

Posted: October 5, 2010 in Uncategorized

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Thank you for all your prayers for the young people last October 3th. They led two services one in Brick Bay  and other  in Coxen Hole. They did a good job and the adults liked it and saw the enthusiasm in them. They led the entire service except for Kara who did the communion,  they chose the music for that Sunday and led a choreography to a song titled Believe.  It was great to see God use them.  We can really see the strengths and leadership in many of them, and can see how a few could become leaders in the church in the near future.

Youth Ministry is a very important aspect in the life of the church, and for the year 2011 we will include them leading the services at least  4 times  in the year and they will continue taking part in the regular services every week.  

 We were really blessed with the faithfulness of one of them as she was really sick with a fever the night before but there  she was in both services and did the best she could to serve God!!! I told her not to worry if she doesn’t feel well, we will get somebody else to do her part, but she told me no, that God was going to help her be there for both.  He was there through her. She spoke about what the song in the choreography (Believe) was all about and you can see the Holy Spirit through her.  It was perfect as she related it to her own life how she believed that she will be here and she was, even if her body was telling her something else. We do pray that God will give her a double portion of His Spirit through this faithfulness!!!  

We pray for the young people and we ask you to pray that God will continue to bless them, keep them focused in Jesus,  Glorify Him, and make Him Know to those who need it.