More of you, Jesus. Less of me.
We are two weeks home from our big trip to Honduras. I haven’t been ready to write about it and actually still feel hesitant to put it down in words. I’ve been slow to type it all out because I am still processing and hate to ‘publish’ something that might change as my perspective grows.
But, for today, here is where I’m at:
It was fantastic to see the work that is going on at Give Hope 2 Kids. There are so many qualities and characteristics of this ministry and the people that work there that we love!
First off, they love Jesus. Second off, they love people.
Need I say more? They are doing real, lasting work in the community in so many ways!
The school program has 60-70 students attending, where they learn English, computers, music, and bible. Some of the kids walk 45 minutes each way (talk about motivated to learn). The ministry has also been offering high school exam prep. There is one high school in the region and we were told that over 100 students take the exam to get in each year. Unfortunately the school only has spots for about 1/3 of those students. Public school ends at 5th grade and if a student does not get into the high school, then their education ends. Give Hope 2 Kids offers a great way for students to accelerate their learning and/or learn valuable life skills (ie computers).
This is one of the high school prep classes, led by a young Honduran lady that lives on site and travels into the city for college. She wants to be a math teacher!
The ministry recently started a preschool program (this was right at our level of Spanish so we loved it!). The preschool helps target the kids that live on the property that need some more one to one attention and intervention. Several of their kids have some special needs and the teachers do a great job of working with those kids and providing opportunities for sensory play and language enrichment.
Here I am with one of the kids from the children’s homes. She always had a smile on her face! We brought crafts to do with the kids and they LOVED each and every one. She has her arms up to show the bracelets we just made!
The ministry has three children’s homes. Each home consists of a dad, mom, their kids (if they have any), and 5-7 children in need. They have a long-term vision for these kids. The goal is that the house parents will raise these kids all the way through. They are growing Honduran Mahogany trees that will be ready to harvest when the kids get older as a way to pay for college. They have a vision for starting a boy’s home farther down on the property to provide transition for young men and teach them valuable skills like wielding, construction, et.
Here we are outside one of the homes with the kids that live there. A friend donated bilingual children’s bibles, enough to give to each home.
The ministry also hosts a weekly youth event. This was one of my favorite parts of our time there. Someone drives around with a flat-bed truck and picks up teenagers that want to come. The youth ‘hang out’ then there is singing, games, a bible message, and more time to ‘hang out’. It might not seem like that big of a deal, but teenagers all over the world are looking for a chance to be with their peers and to have someone speak positively into their lives. This event does that and also offers opportunities for leadership development. Good stuff.
The ministry really strives to be sustainable. It was cool to learn about all the ways they are growing their own crops, experimenting with new crops, raising livestock, and ‘living off the land’. It shows initiate to not just rely on donors from the states, but to really use their resources to care for the people that live on the property and also to model to local farmers how it can be done.
Here the director explains how bananas grow and the big ‘flower’ that buds off the bottom of a bunch.
Oh, Wilbur, you are cute, but not for long.
Hello there precious coffee bean!!
All this to say, it was wonderful to see what God is doing in this rural region of Honduras. God is present there, moving within the people, and caring for vulnerable children. As someone who has a heart for orphan-care, it was so great to see that God is and has always been caring for orphans. The verse that came to me while I was there was Psalm 91:4
He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
Orphaned children have no adult to champion for them, to protect them, to provide for their needs, and to nurture their lives.
I read the above verse and picture God gathering all the orphaned, neglected children (in Honduras and around the world) and covering them with his wings.
He is watching out for them, holding them in his safe grasp, and covering them with his protection. God is doing this! He is faithful! We had the privilege to witness it first-hand and we continue have the privilege to join-in and be part of his care for children.
We are excited to continuing partnering with Give Hope 2 kids, possibly visiting again in the future, and sending other teams from our area! We look forward to seeing how God will continue to use this ministry to impact the mountain/valley region of Honduras.
There are so many more pictures/stories I could share. If you live in the area and are interested, we are presenting about our trip on Sunday, October 13th at 6:00pm at church.