Team Honduras

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Hmmmmm Yummo!

  So, here in Honduras we don't have popsicles like they have in the states. Instead, we have "topogios" . You can use any flavor you want and add them to clear plastic bags then tie them up. You can also use milk, sugar and fresh fruit to make a creamer version of these yummy treats. We can make them for about 10 cents each or less. We do love them and they help to cool us off when it's hot. You should try them'll love them.

Can You Say Hot?

The past week we have had really hot tempertures here in Honduras. We would check our phones and they would say 100 but feels like 110 or 100 and feels like 115. It is so hot. You can not stay outside to long because you get over-heated even in the shade. Well, we decided that since Friday's are normally test days we would cut school short and take a field trip. There is a local restaurant just down the road that has a playground and two swimming pools. The owners are Christians and give us a discount for the children to swim and see their mini zoo. So, we packed a picnic lunch and headed down the road. We had five kids that have never been to a pool before. They were so excited to get to see the clear water in that concrete hole. It was such a nice day to relax and cool off from the horrible heat. You know that gets me thinking....if we feel like we are gonna die with tempertures in the 100's how do you think that those people feel in hell right now? The bible says in

Matthew 25:46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.  The destruction of the wicked in the lake of fire is permanent. It is a punishment that cannot be reversed. The consequences of your former life will last for eternity if they are not covered with the blood. Can you imagine, your hottest summer day and multiplying it by 100. In our culture today it hits 80 and we feel the need to turn up the A.C.  But have we thought about the future? Have you thought about what your life will be like when you die? I know for a fact that I am a born again, bible believing, Jesus is the only way Christian. But I have to ask myself...have I done what I need to do to make sure that those around me will not end their life only to start a new one of constant torment living in the lake of fire. The Bible tells us about a rich man and a man named Lazarus. Lazarus was poor and he had nothing, however, he had God and had put his faith in him and when he died he went to heaven.The rich man he had everything here on earth, he had fame and riches. Then, one day he died but he died without Christ. He lifted his eyes toward heaven and called on the Lord to send but a drop of water to quench his thrist.....did you hear that...."a DROP of water". I have drank about 4-5 bottles of water just today. He begged for just a drop to try and quench his thirst. When he knew he cold not get that, he asked for someone to go and share the news of the need for a Saviour to his brethren. He wanted those he knew that were still alive to have a chance to be saved. He knew that for him there was no hope, but for his brothers he knew there was still hope. If you are reading this right now yo have hope.....if you are not saved you can make Christ your Lord and King today. If you are saved...are you doing your part to help keep others from a life of torture in hell?
The bible says in Romans 3:23 "for all have sinned" we must recognize that we are all sinners.
We must also recognize that there is a price for sin and that price is seperation for God. Romans 6:23
Then we must believe that God paid that price for us when he died on the cross to save us for our sins. John 3:16
Then the bible says in Romans 10:9-10 that if we confess with our mouths that Jesus was raised from the dead then we shall be saved.

I know that here on this earth I have faced hot days....I would not want to live my life in eternity suffering everyday with no hope. There are no fans, no air conditioners and no water in hell. I hope that you are ready and doing your part to share the gospel with those around you?

Monday, March 18, 2013

Making an Impact.......................

  What can you do to make an impact on someones life? There are many things. You can show an act of kindness. You can give a dollar to the homeless man on the corner. You can buy a cup of coffee for the old women sitting alone. However, if you really want to make an impact on someone share the word of God with them. We have a friend actually someone we have never met face to face. We have only communicated with her through the internet by the name of Jennifer Bishop. Her husband is a pastor in South Carolina and they have a little boy named Isaac. Jennifer had a liver transplant a few years ago and has not been doing well since. She was ready to have aother one when doctors discovered that she was not able to have the surgery. Jennifer has been reading our updates and our newsletters and she read where we needed Bibles in English. Her and her family purchased 10 English Bibles for us and had them sent here to Honduras. She has given the children another way to learn about Jesus. We pray that they will use them and help to reach more children for the cause of Christ. That is making an impact. Thank you Mike, Jennifer and Isaac. You will be in our prayers as you prepare for Jennifer to meet Jesus.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Something to Celebrate

In October of this past year Kathya entered into Esperanza. From that day on her life has changed in many ways. She now has a bed to sleep on, she eats 3 regular meals a day, has had much needed dental care and has accepted Christ as her Savior. She has also gone to school for the 1st time ever in her life. This past week she celebrated her 10th birthday. She received some new items such as a jewelry box that she could paint, an art set and we took her to get her ears pierced. This is something that she has wanted for along time and it was so sweet to see the expression on her face when she saw them for the first time.

Belkis turns 14

 Happy Birthday Belkis. Belkis turned 14 this week. She is the oldest child that we have here in the home. She is a very sweet girl with a servants heart. She has a desire to learn and continue her education and hopefully oneday go to college. This year she is in the 8th grade. She is already 2 grades ahead of most children her age. You see here in Honduras high school is not a requirement. You can actually stop after you have completed the 6th grade. However, Belkis feels that God has called her to be a missionary or the wife of a Pastor oneday. Please pray that God will continue to use this home to grow more workers for the harvest.

Little by Little

When kids come into the home it is so awesome to see the accomplishments and changes that they make. When David entered into the home back in March of last year he had only been to school for a month or so hit or miss. He did not know how to write very well or spell his own name. Now, today he is reading in English and in Spanish. Not only can he read in English but he can translate what he has read and explain it in Spanish. We are so proud of him and he is very proud as well...but very shy around others. We are so thankful to be apart of what God is doing here in Honduras helping to change a life, one child at a time.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Can we Keep It?

You never know what these kids are going to find and bring home. In the states little boys bring home rocks and toads and in some cases worms. Here the boys bring home.....well I will let the pictures speak for themselves.   Life in another country

Crab that came out of the creek beside our house....this was one of two that they found yesterday
Yes! That is a live Opossum that they drug out of a tree. Needless to say we did not keep him!
Wonder what in the world they will bring home next week! .

Valeria turns 4

Our little Valeria turned 4 on Wednesday. She was so excited about her new dresses and princess things along with a few other things that she received. She had a Hello Kitty birthday cake. She was so happy to get it to the house to share with all the kids. She kept screaming we have cake...we have cake! She has come along way in the time that we got her in the home.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Times Up.......................

Jose and Oscar Sept1, 2012 when they entered the home

7 weeks old

Jose 7  1/2 months

Oscar loves baths!
  Well, six months ago we placed two little 7 week old babies in Esperanza. They were so tiny and you could tell that they were not getting the nutrition that they needed.They each had rashes from being unclean and had many bug bites. Over the last six months we have grown to love Oscar and Jose like they were our own. We have cared for them in the middle of the night, comforted them when they were sick and been the first and the last thing they saw before they went to sleep and woke up each day. They have grown so much. They each have a unique personality. Jose who is the smaller of the two....well we call him peanut. However, he is a bully. He climbs on top of Oscar and hits him in the head and bites his toes. He is also into everything. He is tiny but he thinks that he is like 5. He tries to pull himself up and walk. It is crazy. Now, Oscar on the other hand....he is content being in one spot. He can crawl but he tries to conserve energy. We call him fatty-fatty. (hey they use gordito here in Honduras and that means fat and it is a term of endearment) So we love him double. :)  He however, is more vocal and wants to try and talk. He says mama, dada and sometimes baba(byebye). He smiles all the time and they are the happiest between 9-10:30 every night. They both just laugh and giggle. Well, their contract was up, their mom only signed them in for 6 months. We prayed and thought about what would happen when this day came. We know that the children are best when they are with their parents.....however, when parents do not have the means and sometimes lack the desires it breaks our hearts to see the children suffer. Yesterday, we talked with Karen and she said that she knew the best place for her boys were here with us. She came today and signed a revision placing the boys here for 18 months. We are so thankful that the Lord worked it all out. So, Oscar and Jose are with us for at least a year and half more.