Monday, August 13, 2012
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Hola! My name is Samantha, I’ve been interning at La Providencia for the past two months, and I’ll be going back to the States at the end of April. So far, it’s been quite the adventure, and I can’t wait to see what the next month holds!
Before I arrived, I didn’t know exactly what to expect – I said that I was flexible, and just wanted to be utilized wherever they needed me. Well, the first thing I learned is that if you say you are willing to be flexible, you had better be prepared for anything! I found out a few days before I arrived here that I would be teaching math and science classes to first through third graders. Though I’ve had some classroom experience (as a teacher’s assistant and tutor), I’ve never actually taught anything in my life. I had anticipated working with a few of the children who have speech and language challenges (my undergraduate degree is in communication disorders), but it turns out they needed a full-time teacher instead. So my mornings are spent teaching, and I get a “break” in the afternoon for speech therapy sessions. I can’t say that I haven’t been utilized, that’s for sure!
The first week of teaching was extremely challenging. It took me a bit of time to get the rhythm of things, but the teachers (and the students!) were very patient with me and answered my millions of questions (wait, there’s a homework notebook AND a class notebook?? What am I supposed to teach them about science again? Where is [every classroom object you can imagine]?). A few helpful hints from the other teachers and a lot of trial and error… and I still fail a lot. But we work through it, and I think they might actually be learning something. :)
I live with a host family here in Siguatepeque, and it’s been a huge blessing to have a “family” to come home to at the end of the day. They make me delicious food and talk to me really quickly… but I’m learning. With my semi-limited Spanish abilities (which are slowly but steadily improving), I spend a substantial amount of time being confused about what’s going on. More often than not, they tell me we’re going out and I have no idea where we’re going or when we’ll be back. Sometimes it’s just a walk to the pulpería down the street, sometimes it’s an all-day trip to an aunt’s house, and one time we were doing errands all over town for a few hours. It’s wonderful – I’m letting go of my need to be in control of everything, I’m learning to trust people, and I’m a great source of entertainment for my family as they watch the lightbulb go on when I finally figure out what’s happening. :)
Tuesday, January 03, 2012
Cada vez que estamos en esta temporada nos proponemos nuevos retos para el nuevo año que comienza, quedan atrás las celebraciones por gratitud a un año que ha pasado, también queda atrás el espíritu de gratitud que tenemos al celebrar el nacimiento de nuestro salvador.
Ahora en enero nos enfrentamos con una realidad que hemos venido evadiendo ante tanta celebración y un espíritu de alegría; y esa realidad es la que todos nos hacemos sin importar en que área nos desempeñamos y esta es ¨Como vamos a enfrentar este nuevo año¨ y más que decir como lo haremos, comenzamos a establecer estrategias que nos permitan llegar a alcanzar lo que creemos que sería el éxito.
En la providencia no es la excepción en estar embargados por esta incertidumbre o este sentimiento que por veces no es fácil de digerir, solo que también sabemos que es lo que tenemos que hacer para poder hacer un plan efectivo para este y cada año que comenzamos; esto lo encontramos en la palabra de Dios en el libro de I Tim. 6:10-12.
1. Que nos apartemos de las cosas pecaminosas
2. Que busquemos la santidad, a través de la Fe, La Paciencia, El Amor, y Bondad de corazón
3. Que peleemos la Buena Batalla de La Fe
4. Que guardemos la Palabra de Dios que nos ha sido encomendada
Espero que esta pequeña reflexión nos permita hacer propósitos y metas para este nuevo año y que para el mes de Diciembre las podamos celebrar tal y como celebramos las del 2011, para Honra y gloria de nuestro padre celestial
P.D. sacado del sermón de Mizael Flores del 30-12-11, Iglesia Punto de Gracia. Siguatepeque.
Thursday, November 03, 2011
En estos últimos dias aquí en La Providencia hemos estado planificando las actividades para los próximos anos de nuestra organización, es
necesario especificar que es dificil poder predecir el futuro, sobre todo con una economia mundial el crisis, los indices de inseguridad disparandose creando asi un ambiente mas hostil para las ONG que dependen de las donaciones de personas y organizaciones.
*Familias son desintegradas, en busca de mejores oportunidades de trabajo o del sueno americano.*Menores de edad son utilizados a pedir dinero en la calle, a robar, a ser mulas por el narcotrafico o a prostitución
Wednesday, October 05, 2011
Monday, September 19, 2011
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
The summer ended about a week ago, the 20th of august we send our last team back home, between the months of June, July and August we had about 13 Teams with an estimate of Visitors or Team Member of 140 persons, including Children, Teenage, Early Adults, Adults; from different ranges of work or study.
There were about 5 churches on Honduras that we worked with this summer, and more that 100 kids each VBS on each Church, we also reach some of the community aspects by starting a Soccer Clinic on the community Aguas del Padre, we also care and recognize the important role of a women on the family and in that direction we make a dinner for the women at the community that go to a church or that their children attend the Academy; and some of them were saying that no one has done something like this for them.
But the things that the summer is already making are that the Monday devotionals are not only for the summer, but now it would stay in regular basis for the employees and families. Because they have said that it is such a good time, and that everyone has the opportunity to worship, to study the bible and also to get to know the needs and prayers of the others members on the La Providencia Family.
Other great thing that the summer has left is a better attitude of the staff about their role on the ministry and in consequence of that we had experience a better work environment amount every one, the guys of maintain and the driver saw and inspirational video about team work; and since that they are more involve in the ways that should be a better place to work, but more to look like a place that is making and impact on peoples life.The goal is that we can spread these motivations of feelings with the rest of the people involved and that because that we can growth for well and impact others people life around the world, the country, the city and the village.