We apologize for not getting an update out sooner! We have been blessed to be busy with ministry. This summer has been fun and fruitful! We have been investing the majority of our time into the boys at the House of Mercy boysâ€™ home. We have been really enjoying strengthening our relationships with the boys. We have been going 3 times a week to not only work with the aquaponics system but to do devotionals with the boys. We have come to really love these boys. The past few weeks we taught them a series on eternity and how what they do now, truly does affect forever. It was really encouraging watching the boys as they got revelation of many truths in the Bible. Many of them were surprised to find out that doing good things or being a good person was not enough to enter Heaven. They learned that it takes having a relationship with Jesus and truly living according to what the Bible teaches.
They really enjoy learning through dynamic object lessons.
We have been blessed to see huge improvements with the aquaponics system. There were a number of factors causing the system not to produce as it should. The past two months we have been working very hard to methodically one by one correct those things and are now down to the last two. We have also been working very hard to officially transition the care of the aquaponics system over to the boys home. We are teaching, training, and demonstrating to each boy how to perform and manage their responsibilities in the aquaponics system. Our goal is to have House of Mercy operating and caring for the system by September.
In June we were excited to be able to reap some fruit of our labor. We got to enjoy eating delicious fried tilapia with all of the boys! It was so fun to watch them catch the fish. By the end of that day Makai was able to say â€œMas pescado por favor!â€ which means â€œmore fish please!â€
In the past two months we have been able to help with two Go To Nations short term teams here in Honduras. We always enjoy getting to translate for teams as they go to minister in the squatter villages, churches, and orphanages. One place we especially love to help out at is an orphanage about an hour away from San Pedro Sula called El Refugio. This orphanage has about 40 kids of all ages, both girls and boys. The children here are absolutely beautiful and precious. They are the most grateful children. They do not have a lot but they are always eager to share or give toys away to Makai.
In June when we were there I got to sit for a while and talk with a little 7 year old girl Maria. She told me her story:
â€œI love my mom. More than anything I want to be with my mom. I have tried to run away from here twice. One of those times I succeeded. But after a little while the bus that takes us to school saw me and called the orphanage directors who brought me back. I have 2 little sisters but they are not here. My Dad died and my mom had no one to watch us so she did not work. I began going to the streets to beg for money and for food for me and my sisters when I got picked up by the government and brought here.
I encouraged Maria to stay at El refugio where she was safe, loved, and taught about Jesus. I told her how much the directors love her and want to help take care of her. We prayed together for Jesus to help her when she feels sad and misses her family. I then told her not to try to run away again because it is so dangerous! When we went back in July she raced for me and gave me a tight squeeze. She jokingly said, â€œI tried to run away again but they caught me!â€ I could tell she was teasing me and so I tickled her. I love Maria and we are both super excited every time we get to see each other.
I have to be honest there are difficult times when I canâ€™t help but ask God, â€œLord what are we doing here? Is what we are doing making a difference? Why are we in Honduras?â€ But then there are these days where I meet precious children like Mariaâ€¦ who need a hug, need to be told they are loved, and need to know that Jesus loves them and is there for them when they feel so alone. Itâ€™s these days when I ask the Lord, â€œWho are we that we are so blessed to be able to spend our lives reaching these precious little ones for your kingdom!â€
So we just want to say THANK YOU to all of you who are partnering with us and making it possible for us to be serving God in Honduras. You are hugging Maria, you are telling her about Jesus, you are comforting her in her moment of sadness. Thank YOU for being obedient and reaching the precious people of Honduras. Know that your sacrifices are truly making a difference in all of OUR lives.
Please keep Jesse in your prayers as this transition of care for the aquaponics system takes place. Pray that the boys will be filled with motivation and a desire to do their tasks well.
Please pray for all of our health as all 3 of us have been sick recently.
Please pray for our family and our team as we are preparing for Go To Nationâ€™s Timothy Internship Program. TIP trains and prepares people who want to be full time missionaries. It is a 10 week long training starting Sept 9. We need strength, anointing, and passion to pour into new missionaries!