Sunday, October 28, 2007

Extreme Opposites

Well, maybe not extreme, but there are definately many differences between SoCal and La Esperanza in October. I am saddened to read about the fire tragedies in SoCal while here we are full swing into Winter. It´s been overcast and FREEZING (well, it´s probably like, 70 degrees, but I am a SoCal native! What can I say?) here for the last week. For a few days it looked like it was going to rain cats and dogs but it never did. I was so disappointed! I prefer the rain to the BITING cold! One day last week I awoke to no electricity, which meant no hot shower since my hot water is powered by electric wires. The next day half the city was without water, and guess which half I live in? So that was two days without a hot shower, but at least the first day I could use water.

Life is going really well here. The alcolic center is progressing well and last weekend they had a bonfire well into the wee hours of the morning with over 70 men present. The Holy Spirit was there and worked on many of their hearts. A couple of weekends before that the men´s recovery group had a one night retreat where 12 brothers were baptized into Christ.

Last week was the inaugural meeting of the women´s recovery group based on Rick Warren´s ¨Celebrating Recovery¨ Please pray that both these groups continue to thrive and bring many more souls into the kingdom of our loving Heavenly Father.

I Peter 1. 3,4,5

Thursday, October 25, 2007

love fall

Well, it´s starting to turn cold again. Today I wore my 3 layers all day, with a beanie. We only had morning activities today because yesterday was the last day of teh first period. school! but i´ll be working much on my grades!
This year is going a lot better than at first. My kids seemed to have calmed down, a little, having gotten used to me and me to them. We are still having some problems with discipline so come Monday at the beginning of the new term we will be switching 4 kids between the two classes to see if that balances it out a bit.
The other day I had a free period and was in my classroom working while the social studies teacher was giving class in spanish. They were discussing community, how to live together, the Golden Rule, and what we need to successfully and happily live togther. One student called out ¨REspect!¨ ¨Yes!¨, the teacher said, √§nd what would happen if we didn´t have respect?¨
¨We´d DIE!¨,SHOUTED one boy. I looked up at Ms. Iris and she at me and we both smiled. He was so adament it was hilarious.
The new teachers in the apartments and I we all get along really well. It´s a great year so far. THanks for all your prayers and be sure I am remembering all my Californian friends and family at this time.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Rainy Season

Today it´s been raining literally all day, and supposedly it´s going to be raining for the next 72 hours straight. I had about 7 kids missing in each class today and I´m in an internet cafe with a generator because the electricity has gone out.

Lately things in school are going well, better. My difficult class isn´t so difficult anymore, they are all pretty smart, and they are a lot of fun.

REcently i had a surprise visit from two friends from LA, Laura and Allan Heida. they and I spent about 4 days together and Allan made a video for me which was shown at my church in Long Beach. It turned out really well.

The next weekend my roomate from Tegucigalpa came up to visit me with one of the teen boys she´s raising right now. We three had a lot of fun and it was great to talk and laugh with them.

Thanks for all your prayers.