Well hello there, July. How did you sneak up on me so fast?
Well, Happy (late) 4th of July, everyone!! The 4th is one of those times when I miss being in the states. I miss the big parades, and the cook-outs, and the friends, and the lazy days on the beach, and watching fireworks while sitting on sandy beachtowel and wrapped up in a blanket. We had our own celebration here in El Ayudante; a cookout with all of the North American Missionaries in our area. And of course, we had fireworks! It was a wonderful time complete with hot-dogs, 4th of July trivia, sparklers, and lots of laughs and fellowship!
Our team season is in full swing now. Meaning we have a new short-term missions team here working with us every week. It’s wonderful having teams here(and exhausting, lol). They bring so much energy and life to campus and the communities they work in. I have been doing more translating work with the teams this year, which I absolutely love. There is just something so special about being able to facilitate the communication between 2 people who otherwise couldn’t communicate. And to share in their stories, and convey their hearts, struggles, and joys. It is unlike anything I’ve ever done before, and it is such a very special experience. I love meeting all of the people that come down; getting to know them, hearing their stories, and working alongside and watching them as they share love with the people they meet. They are incredible!
There is so much that happens here on a daily basis, that sometimes it’s difficult to keep up with it all – it is a huge chaotic(organized chaos) blessing! Teams are installing water filters, building adobe houses, latrines, and many other things. The medical/dental clinic here sees patients every day, and we now have an eye clinic open every Friday. There are 3 english classes taught on campus every week. There is a women’s small business group, a health and fitness group, various bible study groups, pastor’s conferences for the local pastors, a weekly youth sports outreach program, marrige classes, and more. It has been so amazing to see God move and grow El Ayudante in so many different ways!
In other news, I am now an official Honduran Resident!!! I am so excited! Last week I was able to go to the Immigration office to finalize the process and make it official. I am so glad to have it all finished. One of the biggest benefits of being a resident is that I am no longer required to leave the country for visa renewal every 4 months. I can stay for as long as I want, for up to 3 years. This is so wonderful because it will allow me to not have to take time off in the middle of busy seasons of work, and also because now I will not have to pay for travel every 4 months. Only God know how long he will have me serving here for, but for the next 3 years(if he would have me stay here for that long) I dont have to worry about visa issues anymore!
Thank you for all of your faithful prayers and support! You make more of a difference than you know! May God continue to bless each and every one of you!!