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Christmas Blessings (pictures)
Before school ended, I started baking some cookies for the kids' teachers and some of the staff (office, maintenance, cleaning ladies, security guards, etc.) as well as for our neighbors. The dining room table was covered with gift bags and the kids were bummed not to get any cookies.
On one of the half days (oldest two kids' exam days), we went to a ministry to help with food prep for a Christmas dinner. Between Kat, Mik, and I, we cut cabbage, cheese, potatoes, and washed dishes. There were a couple of ladies helping us (a former gang member that makes jewelry and parent of gang member). Both were won to Christ through the consistent outreach of Teresa’s ministry and now are helping serve. We weren’t available to go with Teresa to serve the food, but she said that another gang member, on the day of dinner, is ready to turn his life around in March when he gets out.
Songfest is like a holiday concert before the school break. Katarina sang a solo, ‘Mary Did You Know’, Mikayla choreographed and performed a dance to ‘Jingle Bell Rock’ with her 9th grade class, Rebekah played ‘Jingle Bells’ on guitar, and Jeremiah sang and played recorder to a Spanish song.
Guayabal (La Paz) (pictures)
Starting off the Christmas break, Katarina went with a friend from school and others from USAID to Guayabal (a school in La Paz). They helped with games (sack race, egg on a spoon race) and food. The children sang and performed a traditional Honduran dance and also received gifts from Santa.
Youth at Casa de Luz (Tegucigalpa) (pictures)
The youth group at CCI was challenged to take a gift bag and fill it (with items on a list) using their own money (asking parents for chores to earn the money if necessary). Then, a couple weeks later the youth group (including Kat, Mik, and Bek) went to Casa de Luz (inner city daycare) to play, sing, and give snacks and gifts to the children. Many parents were also there, since we gave rides, and after we were able to see the new building which will increase the capacity of kids who can be ministered to in that area.
Visit From the Fenns (pictures)
Kjell’s parents visited the day after Christmas for 6 days. We had a great family time in Santa Lucia (feeding the ducks, having a picnic, visiting the coffee and ice cream shops), Tegucigalpa (to our church and the school), as well as Valley of Angels (to a museum, eating typical Honduran foods, and shopping)
Make sure to check out the fundraisers (coffee and flooring!).
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