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I have been praying and searching for a ‘Camp Rock’ for my girls to attend this summer while we are in the United States. I don’t think it is fair that we would help everyone else answer the call of God and neglect our kids and I really want them to have the opportunities to discover what that is. Many of you know my family loves to sing. Many of you know that my older two are considering musical careers. However, you may not know that the school they are at (Discovery School) has excellent, performing, music teachers and that the school produced their own music Cd last year. The Discovery School Choir has also performed on Honduran TV, won first place in many Honduran choral competitions, and is invited to sing at events within Honduras.
But there's even greater news: Discovery School has been invited to the Golden Gate International Children’s and Youth Choral Festival – a week long songfest (a choral ‘Camp Rock’, except more on the educational/cultural side than the rock side). As you can tell by the name (Golden Gate), the festival is in California! Not quite what I was anticipating. Here is some information on the Choral Festival:
Also see: http://www.goldengatefestival.org/
We can skip another summer of coming to the States and send the girls to California from here (Honduras) OR we can believe God to supply abundantly above all we need and send them from the States (Boston, Hartford, or NY) while we are there. The girls (Katarina and Mikayla) will stay with a host family from July 7-July 15. There is a registration fee of $350 each ($700) as well as airline tickets (which is looking to be around $1200 total). If I go as a chaperone I would also have to pay the registrations fee ($350) as well as my flight, hotel, and meals so I don’t think I will go with them.
If you would like to sponsor one of our girls or in part, please let us know:
Katarina $950-$1050 ($350 registration + $600-700 flight)
Mikayla $950-$1050 ($350 registration + $600-700 flight)
$150 each ($300) of the registration fee is due by November 30th
Here Comes The Stage (see pictures)
Scripts arrived in the mail. The stage construction is in progress. Lighting arrived to the school and is now in our basement so Kjell can learn how to use the system. It’s not too late to buy a piece of it!
Two Brigades (see pictures)
Last Saturday, Kjell (with Mikayla and Jeremiah) and I (with Katarina and her classmate Kaya) left for brigades (Bekah was sleeping over a friend’s house). Kjell and Mikayla helped translate for a medical brigade in Zambrano and I was the chaperone for Discovery School students who are invited to translate for a medical/dental brigade with Cape Cares.
Kjell and Mikayla got to say ‘hi’ to a lot of our Zambrano friends and they were surprised by how much our kids have grown. There were lines of people waiting to see medical even thought there were four doctors. They worked up until lunch and ate with the team. Then, they headed home when classes started.
Katarina, Kaya, and I met the Cape Cares team at the airport. Here is some information on Cape Cares (http://www.capecares.com):
Now, Cape Cares, consisting of different volunteers, goes three times a year to three locations: Los Encinitos, San Marcos, and El Algodanal. I think the saddest part for volunteers is not being able to do any follow-up visits. They can only help the best they can while there and then hope the Hondurans do alright until another team shows up.
What impressed me, is that Americans (non-church affiliated), professionals (doctors, dentists), leave the comforts of their homes and put up with ‘camping-style’ living (cots for beds that dip and hurt the back, cold and non-private showers, etc) to provide services to Hondurans who the Hondurans do not have access to. Some of the doctors and dentists are older and even retired. Many have come for years (10-20 years) serving selflessly. I’m a missionary and it was tough for me.
I would open the registration office up and wait for 5 or so bats to fly out. I watched a mouse or rat crawl across the beam in our room two different evenings and listened to him eat through a Chips Ahoy wrapper all night on the last night (too bad Kjell wasn’t there to set a trap and take care of the mouse/rat). We decorated our walls with the splats of spiders and crickets! I had to keep telling myself, “You can do anything for a week.” Some of the team members (out of the new, first timers) admitted at the end of the week that if you had asked them if they would come back on one of the first couple of days, they would’ve said ‘no,’ but that by the end of the week Honduras ‘grew’ on them and they might come back. I was also impressed that even though conditions weren’t the best, people did not complain about it.
Sunday through Thursday was dental and medical brigade. My job was in registration (writing names, looking for files, filling out medical or dental cards, calling names, and bringing them to the correct ‘waiting room’ area. Thank goodness Carlos (a Honduran who helps during brigades) and other team members came to my rescue to fill in the gaps as I looked up patients who did not have numbers. Wednesday night we tried to end early/on time for the annual golf competition and group party. This year a dart competition was also added. We had three tries to putt a golf ball into a small container on the bumpy floor and three tries to hit balloons with the darts. We had all sorts of snacks such as chex mix, peanuts, crackers, pretzels, etc (many were a special treat for Katarina and I since they are things from the States).
Katarina and her classmate Kaya spent all day, every day, translating for doctors. They learned a lot of Spanish medical terms, a lot about the human body, and what prescribed drugs do for different symptoms. I think their favorite part was wearing scrubs. This gave them the attention and respect of a doctor even though they were only in the room to translate.
I will say that the hardest part was that there were not any evangelical services nor prayer for patients (specifically ‘praying over’ them). But don’t you worry, they were being prayed for, by the sister (nun at the facility) and me (as I saw people or was made aware of their situations). I am also praying for someone to be sent to this area. It appeared to be unreached (since when I asked around there was only the Catholic church where we were – that has no services – and maybe one evangelical church that they knew of). The difficulty with this area is I don’t think there is one central location. In fact, the facility we were at is not really centrally located for the people. Other than the people that lived in Los Encinitos, Hondurans had to walk 1-5 hours just to get to the facility. And it was very sad to turn people away at the end of the day, who had waited all day (probably since 5am), when there was just not enough time to see all of them.
We finished up the trip with a visit to the Valley of Angels to shop and dinner at night in Tegucigalpa. I was very glad to sleep in my own bed and have a hot shower!
Women’s Conference (see pictures)
The last weekend in October, I attended the Women of Purpose Sisterhood Revive Conference for missionaries. This year’s theme was, “Abide.” We had worship, teaching sessions, prayer cluster groups, an individual prayer appointment, an afternoon of worship stations, prayer walk, as well as all the girly stuff like pedicures, manicures, jewelry making, craft, and of course great food. The fellowship with other missionaries and the US team was great too. I got to meet some new missionaries as well as get to know others better. My expectation was to have that time be the beginning of something new and receive wisdom, direction, and passion. God did just that. I have so many ideas and plans coming at me, I will have to share them next month when they are formulated!
Book Character Day (see pictures)
At Discovery School, they have Book Character instead of Halloween. Jeremiah dressed up as Superman (it was a book, comic, before a movie) and Rebekah dressed up as a rabbit (Edward Tulane).
First Youth Performance (see pictures)
Katarina and Mikayla were in their first battle of the bands with the youth group at CCI (Christian Church International). They chose the song, ‘Awake and Alive’ by Skillet. They only had about three weeks to rehearse, but they did a nice job with choreography and singing. They will perform it again for special music at church during offering.
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