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Marcy's Journal



Sponsor Our Girls

Here Comes the Stage

Two Brigades

Women’s Conference

Book Character Day

First Youth Performance

Sponsor Our Girls!

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:

One of America's most celebrated gatherings of young choral performers attracts children’s and youth choirs from all over the world to compete, perform and build international friendship, including: Vox Aurea (Finland), MidtVest Pigekor (Denmark), Kaohsiung Municipal Children’s Chorus (Taiwan) and the Ensemble of the Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir. Founded in 1991, the GGF was the first international children's choral festival in the western US. The Festival promotes international understanding through music, and musical excellence in choral singing, through competition and performance. Since its founding, the event has brought more than 3,000 young musicians from 19 countries together in friendship and harmony, performing for more than 50,000 audience members drawn from throughout northern California.

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     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! 

  • Buy A Piece of the Stage!
    Help us build the new stage by buying a piece of it. Below is a list of the “pieces” or materials we need to construct the stage and curtains and lighting. If everyone buys one piece, the whole thing gets done easily. Like my dad used to tell me, “Many hands make light work.” Please note in your donation “For Discovery School Stage” (in addition to Fenn/Honduras). 


Total Quantity Needed

Approximate Cost each in Lempiras (dollars)

Bag of cement


L150 ($8)

Sheet of plywood (3/4”)


L780 ($41)

Sheet of plywood (1/2”)


L580 ($30)

Board (8’x2”x4”)


L110 ($6)

Board (12’x2”x4”)


L160 ($8)

Hardware (nails, screws, brackets, etc)


L100 ($5)

Heavy Duty Tarp (6 oz) 10 X 12


L380 ($20)

Cable (wire rope) (30ft)


L190 ($10)

Wire rope cutter


L475 ($25)



L40 ($2)


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 (

Since 1988, Cape CARES has treated over 70,000 people for various dental, medical, optometric, and chiropractic problems. With the vision of one Falmouth, Massachusetts, dentist, Ted Keary, we sent one team of 70 individuals to Tela on the north coast of Honduras . The following year, four teams of approximately 25 per team traveled to the southern region visiting several villages in this poorest of areas. In 1991, we adopted one community, San Jose de Pespire, in the department of Choluteca, and sent five teams into this needy region. In 1993 we began working with two additional communities, Los Encinitos and El Jicarito.

     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. 


Here Comes the Stage

Cement work

Nice job!

Missionary friend, Ed, the designer and master mind.

Students help build the removable stage.

Strike a pose - with tools?  Mikayla helps too.

Mikayla's already ready to act!

Zambrano Brigade

Waiting room

Reconnecting with friends (Maribel)

Los Encinitos Brigade

Row of trucks loaded with supplies.

Our room

The shower and toilet (yes, in the same area).

Can you see the mirror above the sink?  Smaller than a 5X7 frame - to make sure we weren't vain!

Walking up to the gate.

Lining up at the gate as early as 5am.


Getting help from Steph

Medical building and waiting area

Gabby doing triage (vitals and finding out the problem)

Waiting room

Dr. Gary and Kaya with one of their oldest patients (in her 90's).

Kaya translating for Doctor Gary

Katarina translating for doctor Linda

Taking blood pressure

Some of the patients

Explaining what's going on

Cute family


Nancy doing lab tests

Dental Clinic Building

Dental: Clean, Fill, or Remove

John and Lori with their patient

Even Katarina and I get a cleaning the last day

Taking a break to watch the kids color

After they each gave me a picture, I had to start having them hand them out to the doctors!

Steph (from the pharmacy) and Katarina join us

'Just my buddy and me' (Katarina)...

Taking a break with some frisbee

But when the bell rings...  it's time for breakfast, lunch, or dinner

Meals for 26 or so - yikes!

Sister Maria and our leader Catharine

Me and Katarina

Hike to Monte Pedro

Katarina and Dr. Linda

Katarina, Nancy, and Kaya


Rod, John, Nate, Martha, Tom, Steph, Gary, Kaya


Nancy, Jake, Lori, Catharine, Don, Crystal, Suzie, Gabby,



      Katarina, Carrie, Nancy, Marcy, Fran

Women's Conference

Theme:  Live Out Loud and Abide

Jenn Wright - the one that believed it into existence

Guest Speaker Arlene Kasselman at CCI

Guest Speaker Arlene Kasselman at the conference center

Our prayer cluster:  Leader Linda, Kathy

Kerry, Marcy, and Paula

Kerry, Gloria, Kathy, Marcy, Paula

Coming all the way from La Moskitia

Paula, Laura, Morgan, Katrina

Mikayla joins me on the final day for a drive to Comayagua.

Book Character Day


Edward Tulane

First Youth Performance

Awake and Alive Rehearsal

Battle of the Bands

The gang before

The gang after

Katarina, youth leader Francisco, and Mikayla

This was supposed to be a serious shot? NOT!


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