Settling Into Routine

Dear Friends and Family,

We have had quite a first 10 days or so!

Classes started last Friday and we are pretty much in the swing of things now.

photo 2Typical days are: up at 6 with roosters and light, breakfast with all the students and teachers at 7, devotionals at 7:30, the students work on the campus and coffee farm from 7:30 to 9, two morning classes at 9:30 and 10:30 (we prepare them for our afternoon classes), lunch at 12, afternoon classes at 2:30 and 3:30 (we teach), crafts or tutoring from 3:30 until 5:30, dinner at 6 and then tutoring or meetings or Bible Study at 7 p.m. We have been going to bed most nights about 8:30.

photo 1It’s a long day but so good. The students are very appreciate and loving. It is such a joy and honor to be here both teaching and learning at the same time.

A few glitches and small problems here and there – but after all “this is Honduras!” We have had some cow trouble up until today. But now there is a solar powered electric fence around our casita to keep them off the porch (or maybe it’s to keep us in?). A few days without Internet have been disruptive, but ok in some respects. Composting toilet plumbing still a work in progress. And I still get tangled up in the mosquito netting most nights. I tell you these things to maybe bring a smile and share some really humbling experiences. It’s good for the soul!

Our student led Sunday worship service was very special, lots of praise music (English and Spanish) and a message about how God speaks to each of us individually, chooses us for His service, even in surprising or unusual circumstances. Think of the stories of Saul (Paul), Gideon and Samuel – not the ” usual suspects” for leadership – but God spoke to them and chose them.

photo 3In my business class this afternoon, one of the seniors (Betis) asked me “how is Don Jose?” When I told her that Jose planned to bring a small group from home to visit TLC in late February, my class was so exited! If you have any interest in experiencing and participating in Kingdom work here in Honduras – first hand – let us know, we would love to serve with you!

Now a word from Chris: Speaking of not selecting the “usual suspects,” I feel a bit like many in the Bible who wonder why they have been chosen for a specific task; two tasks for certain come to mind-teaching Psychology and Computer Literacy. As some of you know I took my first psychology class on-line just this past September and my literacy with regards to computers is limited to say the least. But with a lot of effort and support from many, I have 4 classes completed. My students are bright and enthusiastic; I must work hard to earn their respect.

We are blessed in so many ways to be here, a complete change of routine and totally disconnected from television and politics. The weather is delightful so far and many at home are struggling with a cold winter already.

Blessings from The Leadership Center,

Chris and Dan

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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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