Jim Webster and Paul Redwine visited Honduras for the annual board meeting October 25-30, 2010. In addition to having a meeting, Toby, Leonel, Jim and Paul visited areas of Copan — Santa Rosa de Copan, Coquin and others. Click below to see photos that contain scenery, Copan images, Merendon and San Pedro photos.
Archive for October, 2010
Children’s Day, a national holiday in Honduras, took place on September 10. It is the custom to have pinatas, cake and ice cream for the children, along with a variety of gifts. This year we helped with two celebrations, one in Penitas Arriba, and a second in La Virtud church. We had four times as many children than in previous years. Children in Honduras do not receive gifts or get candy on a regular basis, so this day is a treat. The day was filled with fun and laughter of little children,
Daily work at the clinic continues with treating children with “worm belly.” This is a condition where someone actually has a belly filled with worms. Their belly becomes large and swollen. Recently, Amy has treated several children who have come to the clinic with abscesses that need to be drained and wounds that need to be sutured.
Amy also examines may newborns. She loves being able to hold the newborn babies and make sure that everything checks out with them medically. Once the examination is done, Amy writes a letter so the mother can receive a birth certificate for the baby.
The Honduran people in the mountain generally wait a long time after the birth of a baby to give them a name. Many times the reason is that families does not have ideas for names for their children. One of the most fun jobs at the clinic is helping the families by creating a list of names for them to choose from so their child will have a name.
Toby is currently teaching a group of teenage boys five days a week, taking them through the books of Proverbs, John and 1 & 2 Corinthians. This is the age that boys in the mountain tend to
*God’s wisdom and direction as the board meets this month to make decisions.
*God’s protection and provision.
*Wife for Leonel so he can serve more effectively.
*Amy’s residency to be completed.
*God would provide funds to purchase medicine for the clinic.
*The teenagers Toby is working with to continue with their enthusiasm about their faith and learning the Bible.
*Wisdom for Toby as as he sets up a teaching schedule with the coffee harvest beginning.
In less than two weeks, duringthe last part of September andfirst part of October, we had threetropical storms pass through themountains. The storms did a lot ofdamage to electrical lines and roads,and tore down many trees.The bean harvest has beendramatically affected, which isthe basic food crop of the Hondurans.The price of beans has doubleddue to the storms.Thankfully the homes inthe mountain were not hit withextreme damage. The local peoplehave been busy clearing roads of fallen trees to use for firewood.
After 13 years, themission septic tankstopped working. We hadseveral men working dailyto dig through 15 feet ofrock to get to the septic.The project tooktwo weeks of hard laborto complete. We arevery thankful to have aworking septic tankagain.
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