We started school this past Tuesday and all has been going pretty well. God has definitely been working because we can’t do what He has done with our school. He always provides and uses the school for His glory. I have loved how normal teaching feels this time back. I love how much scripture our kids are exposed to through the paces, bible lessons, and chapel at the end of the week.
This little guy may be a weed but he is proof that plants can grow and develop a root system in our Aquaponics. While this is evidence of how long we have had to wait to continue the work on the aquaponics, I am excited to see it produce something. Please be praying for this project, the work is underway and will hopefully provide a source of income for the school. He gives increase in His time.
It is truly amazing getting to sit back and see God working here. Thursday night we had bible study with 24 people, and we went through James 2. We studied how we are saved through Christ alone, how our actions are necessary evidence of our faith, and how nothing we can do or have the ability to do changes our need for Christ in order to be saved. The best part was looking at the people who had gathered to study God’s word together. Our group of 24 people was made up of 3 honduran teachers, 1 woman who had never come before but hopped in our bus when invited, a blind woman who is led to the church by hand, 2 Gringos, and a bunch of kids from all grades. And we were there together, not separated or divided but simply together in God’s Word. A fourth grader read the first half of the chapter while Sayra and another student helped him pronounce the words he didn’t know, and Roberto sat reading his bible in his lap looking conpletely at peace. We didn’t have a planned lesson just because that's how it worked out, but we still had a great time being in God’s word. Our work is evidence of our faith and salvation, but it is not what saves us. We are designed to simply live in a loving relationship with Christ. (My phone suggested “with Christ” when I typed relationship, It might be saved) I love the way God has worked around and in me and the growth He has given me and let me see. He is so good.
We have been trying to work on quite a few different projects but most of it has been held off because we had to wait for one thing or another because of rain. It rained every day or night for a month. Now, we have put up the fence for the aquaponics, so we can do work in the rain without the work being ruined by horses, goats, or thieves, and it feels so good. It has been insane and very muddy but we are all thankful for the colder weather.
Now, we did get a little bit of work done in the rain. Josh and John dug the holes for the fence and cut the posts to be the same size. All of that work was done in the rain, but when I sent them out there, it was only overcast and I told them they didn’t have to work in the rain and to take cover when it did rain. So if they got sick, I did my part. I love having them here because they are always willing to help, and they are crazy enough to work in the rain all day long.
I flew home November 17th and back to San Pedro Sula on November 20th so that I could go to Jacob and Audrey Lidh’s wedding, and it was so amazing. I loved getting to come home for enough time to see some friends and family, visit my church, and touch base with people while not being away for more than one day of school. God is good, and it was so cool getting to see how people have grown and changed in the 3 months I had spent here. Jacob and Audrey are two awesome people and great friends who are always putting others first and serving with sincere love in a way that I want to emulate.
I also had the same flight attendant as my flight in August, which was pretty neat. I love being used to flying between San Pedro and Atlanta. I kept having to change how I referred to both places because I would explain how I will “fly home on November 20th, then come back home again on December 16th “. In all honesty, both are home, but neither are home. I love both and I can be comfortable in both, but in the long run, this world isn’t our home, and I can see that in different aspects of my life. It’s just cool to think about. I love how much God has grown me.
Since being here 2 people have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, and have been reborn. Both of their stories are loaded with different circumstances showing how it was all God. For Annie, we went to her house to speak to her about her friend who committed suicide and counsel her. While we love Annie we wouldn’t have been there for her that night if that had not happened and if no one asked why her sister was sad. While this is tragic, it reminds me that God is in control and He works all things for good for those who love Him. Please don’t forget that condition tagged on the end there.
Marian was looking sad one night while Justin was walking to Darling’s house to congratulate Darling because she had been saved one year before on that day and she had not been at school that day. Also, Justin randomly walked the way we usually don’t because it is always muddy, and if he hadn’t, he wouldn’t have seen Marian hurting or shared with her that night. If you think this stuff is crazy, that’s ok, but I know we serve an amazing God who does things in a way so that we can only say “That was God” because it is all for His glory.
Please praise God for these new Christians, and pray that they are satisfied in Christ and chase Him with all they’ve got. Pray that they are raised up in Christ.
(Annie oldest on the left, Marian on the right)
Starting this Wednesday (October 24), we have been out of school due to flooding in our department from the tropical storm. We are very thankful for all the prayers for our area, and we are very thankful for all of the fun we got to have driving around backroads trying to find the driest routes and playing around in the flooded streets when there were no cars to be pushed out of the “Rio del Doradito”. Please be praying for the houses that did get flooded, thankfully our village was muddy but unaffected. Also, please pray for all of our older students that will have to take government tests for Math, Spanish, and Honduran Social Studies next week.
For one of the first weeks in October we had a week long break from school which we got to spend with the Fernandez family who always love on us and take care of us as if we were family. We got to play basketball, sit in the AC, practice some Spanish and help them practice some English, and go to the beach. I love this family and I am always thankful for the way they love us.
So far our AWANA program is going great! We have had two days of AWANA in the midst of our hectic schedule over Honduras’ Independence Day and the kids are excited to learn, mainly because they get rewarded with merits in their class but they are being exposed to God’s Word and enjoying it. We have the same amount of people working AWANA as we did last year but there are more kids, so we have split our responsibilities a little differently from last year to accommodate all of our students so I do handbook time with the boys from every grade the entire time. I work with the TNT boys, then two groups of SPARKS boys, and Michael works with the girls one classroom over. In the TNT Handbook time we have gone over Psalms 25:4 and how we need to think about God and Psalms 119:11 and how we need to read the Bible. In our SPARKS time we have gone over John 3:16 and 1 John 4:14 and how God sent Jesus to be the savior of the world. Please pray that our kids are raised up in God’s Word and develop a true love for it.
We currently have a new school building being built by a local charity organization called Cepudo to add a little more space for our 160 students. The school is going to provide 2 new classrooms which is going to be awesome! This school building has been in our prayers since the first semester of our last school year and it is just amazing to see God provide for this place again. We have a lot of needs and sometimes it looks like we aren’t going to have enough of something but every time, God comes through, just like He promises. If we put His kingdom first then He will provide for all of our needs, and He is so faithful. God has a big plan for this school and this place, and He is going to have His will be done here. God is good. (They have made a ton of progress since this picture)
Ethan Smith. I'm 19, I graduated from Roswell HS, I love Jesus, I love my friends and family, I love band. This is my second year teaching at Cornerstone Christian Academy.