Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Felicidades Mizael!

We are celebrating what the Lord is doing in the life of Mizael and his family! 
Mizael and Bessie have been a wonderful part of the family of La Providenica for many years and we celebrate with them as they move into a new season of life.  Mizael has worked as an architect at La Providencia for the past five years.  His design and creativity gave birth to the lovely buildings on the campus of La Providencia.  Now, the Lord has opened new doors for their family.  Mizael has been contracted to design a large multi-specialty clinic and surgery center in our town of Siguatepeque.  This facility is a private venture by a local and well-respected cardiologist.  This is a wonderful career opportunity for Mizael.  We are delighted and rejoice with his family! 
Also, after many years of consideration, Mizael has decided to enroll in a local seminary.   He will begin attending classes in July.  The classes at Mission Evangelico De Las Americas (MEDA) are on a bi-monthly rotation.  MEDA is a wonderful worldwide organization connected to the Master’s Seminary in Southern California.  The local Chrisitian community is supported by many MEDA pastors, educators and missionaries who travel from around the world to teach at the local seminary and to speak at conferences.   We will greatly miss their regular involvement but the Flores family will always be a part of the family of La Providencia.  We celebrate with them as they begin this new season of their Christian walk. Please join in this celebration by giving thanks to the Father for His love, creativity and provision.  Please ask His continued blessing over this lovely family.   

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Team Ruth, Franklin, TN

Teaching Ballet with the 1st Grade

We are so excited that Ruth shared part of her summer with us.   She loved the La Providencia family well during her stay.  Ruth jumped in whole heartedly as part of our team.  The school children were delighted with their new teacher and loved their ballet classes.  We are so thankful for her time with us and the impact she made in the lives of these children.   Ruth also loved our own family well- reading stories, making cookies, baking cakes, helping with dinner AND dishes!, and playing with our children.  Ruth was truly a member of our family during her time with us and we were blessed by her presence.  We love you Roofie! You are a blessing and a delight! Thanks Papa Pete and Aunt Ei- we love you all very much!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Team Bay Life, Brandon, FL

This group is a POWER HOUSE! As always, Bay Life goes above and beyond and gets the job done!  This group of only 9 did the work of a team three times their size.  What an amazing blessing!  
To begin with, Bay Life Church sent a container to Providence in a Box filled with donated clothing, diapers, school supplies and super fun items such as bicycles and little tykes brand slides for the little ones! Then, the Bay Life team built a stairwell and a wall to control water drainage.  They mixed concrete, hauled blocks, dug, shaped, and shoveled all day.  Sometime, mid-morning, they made time to lead the school P.E. classes in games of soccer and in the afternoon, had energy left to challenge the staff to a game - such a wonderful encouragement to everyone!  Also, team members helped to sort and organize donated items in our storehouse during the day.  As though this was not a full schedule of activities for this team of only 9, a few of the ladies took a break from construction to teach a sewing class and a hair styling class!

Sew Fun "Collecion La Providencia"

The Bay Life Church team brought electric sewing machines and notions. About ten mothers at our children's home and school learned to sew this week. We recycled donated clothing to use as our material. We hope to sell handbags, market bags, gift bags and our coffee to raise money to pay for school curriculum, school lunches, etc... This is a brand new venture and we aren't sure how the Lord will use this. Perhaps the most important purpose has already been accomplished - the ladies were taught a skill and were able to create an item of use and beauty from their own abilities and creativity. They were so excited and their enjoyment was delightful! I am amazed at the ideas and creativity many of them began to experiment with so quickly! I truly hope we will be able to encourage them with the sale of these items. All to the glory of God and for His good purposes . . .we will wait expectantly.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Team Folsom

This brigade of 28 individuals came from the area of Folsom, California with members from the following: Harbor Church, Oak Hills Church, Bayside Church, River Rock Church and  Mosaic Church.  We were so thankful for their time here.  This team was such an easy going, laid back group with lots of heart and joy.  In true Honduran style, the team arose early on Wednesday morning to watch the 5a.m. game with the staff as Honduras played in their first World Cup game from South Africa!  This team was involved in many activities during the week.  Team Folsom participated in two afternoons of soccer camp in the community and a day of VBS with the La Providencia school children.  While many team members spent their time digging drainage ditches with staff member, Josue, others were sorting donated materials and organizing items in the La Providencia store with staff member, Tomas.  They led a time of devotion with the La Providencia staff and some of the ladies accompanied the house mothers into town to help with errands and shared a time of cooking and recipe exchange.  Also, two super speech therapists were part of this team.  These gals were able to establish a program for Dagoberto and Kenneth.  After working with these two boys for only one week, they were able to see progress in the boys' abilities to communicate.  The youth on this trip were also a special blessing. They were so joyful, respectful and energetic! They played with and loved on the children so well! Our own children formed many friendships with them and it was such a joy to see their hearts lifted and filled with the delight of fellowship and companionship.  Thanks Team Folsom for your presence this week.  We were so blessed by your hardwork, your fellowship and support.  We were thankful to share an evening of fellowship and basketball with you.  Thank you for your time with us.  We are looking forward to year three!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Team El Shaddai, Nashville, TN

"How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news"!!!!!  We were truly blessed by the joy and energy of this team.  Their devotion and adoration to the Lord moved our hearts and lifted our spirits.  The Lord used their gifts of worship and adoration of Him to wash over us - truly encouraging each of us in our daily walk with Him.
In the community, they began the week with VBS in the mornings and a soccer camp in the afternoons.  Also during the afternoon, some of the team members walked through the village sharing the gospel and inviting people to church.  The team led worship at all four church services during the week as well.
At La Providencia, the team shared a wonderful time of bible study and worship with the staff and house families, shared in some work projects, led a worship workshop and of course, played a little soccer.  The team was able to share a meal with each of the house families during the week and to spend some time encouraging them in the Word.  They were also "ready and willing" to assist us in unloading a container shipment on their last night in Honduras.  Although it was late, their spirits remained high.  Our family was also able to share a time of fellowship, devotion and worship with the team in our home.  We stood together on the back porch, under a clear night sky raising our voices in adoration of our Lord Jesus Christ, accompanied by the rhythmic sounds of the djembe (bongo drum), the guitar and the cool  breeze blowing through the trees. . . .We were truly blessed by this peaceful and joyful time of worship.  Thank you El Shaddai and thank you Heavenly Father for this time together - oh what a preview of Glory!

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Education Collaboration!!!

A team visited La Providencia this week to support our efforts in education.  We were so blessed by this wonderful group!  Team members came from Maryland, Tennessee and California to learn about education in Honduras and to support our academy.  They spent a day in our academy visiting with our teachers and students.  Then, they toured many schools in our area, as well as those in the capital city.  We are blessed by their encouragment and support of our program and staff.  We are so thankful for their friendship and partnership with us.