Praising God and Learning from Each Other

Buenos Tardes:

It’s about 1 p.m. and the sun is out.

We just finished lunch of fried beef, potatoes and rice (no beans!). Sort of a special meal, as they bought the beef for our week here. It’s tasty but a bit tough and it’s normal to pick up beef to chew it.

I decided to start our report a bit early today as the Internet is on now-it’s been a bit spotty, as it comes via satellite service.

Last night we had a wonderful worship service around a huge Bon fire. The girls sang praise songs (both English and Spanish). My favorite was How Great is Our God. Yenetzi and Angela led the service for us. Pastor Luis preached and as usual, Jose translated the message for us gringos. Luis preached about the story of a young person named Joseph and how, even though abandoned by his family, God choose him to leave his people and save his family. He challenged these young women to use their education here at TLC to change their future and the future of their families, communities and country.

Many of the girls stayed by the bonfire as it burned down singing songs and laughing until lights out at 9 p.m.

I am off to a class right now and will finish later….

I am back; it’s 4 p.m. and it’s raining again.

I had wanted to mention, that we began the day today with a devotional about how our lives are impacted by those we seek to serve. Jessica said she was learning more from the girls than she was teaching them. Mike commented that God lets us touch these young lives in a way we may never understand.

working togetherToday was a special day. After their regular 9:30 classes we split the girls into three groups of 8 each. Mike and Luis taught volleyball fundamentals on their new court. Jose and Adam led a personal safety course and taught some techniques to avoid or escape difficult situations. Jessica and I had a leadership seminar where we did some trust exercises (e.g. blindfold fall off a log into teammates arms, no casualties) and some other fun but challenging exercises. The girls rotated to all three of our classes and we encouraged them along with way with treats we had purchased at Erlindas house about a mile away.

We have had a wonderful day. Now I am sitting under the porch with the rain hitting the metal roofs, talking with the girls and waiting for dinner about 6.

Betis got my laundry done but not sure how it’s going to dry.

Jessica had her nails painted by Gabby- very cute. I am trying to talk Mike or Adam into getting his nails done also.

One of the biggest pieces of news is that the three senior business students have petitioned Joseph to join our team when we go tomorrow to Heart to Heart. They presented a paper and argument to him about how it would help them learn more. They succeeded and we are all glad.

We will be headed to San Pedro Sula and the Puerto Cortes tomorrow in the TLC van (now with a new alternator, jack and repaired tire). We expect about a 6-7 hour trip. We will appreciate your prayers for travel mercies!

We are all very excited to go to Heart to Heart and see the children and extend our collective love to them.

If you don’t hear from us until Saturday don’t be surprised.

For the mission team,


Dan on porch


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Trinity United Methodist Church is located in McLean, VA. Our weekly worship services are on Sundays at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. and on Wednesdays at noon. Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m. for children and adults. Children up to 6th grade are also invited to Children's Education during the 10:30 service. Adult Bible Study also occurs on Mondays at 10 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Please visit our website for more information.

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