Saludos y bendiciones desde Honduras!
As I usually like to do, I want to use the opportunity to tell you about the number one asset at TLC; the students. I want to tell you about a routine day in the lives of these wonderful young ladies. First, I want you to know all of them feel privileged to be here and are very thankful for this opportunity and eager to face their everyday challenges. They are also very thankful to all of the long and short term volunteers, and all of the wonderful people back home who make their dreams a reality.
Many of the students at TLC get up around 5:30 a.m. to either workout or do their laundry, which is done by hand and clothes are hung to dry after praying for sun. Some go for a 3-mile run on a very hilly and bumpy road; others do 45 minutes of either Insanity or Zumba. After their workouts, they get ready for breakfast. Every day, three of the students are assigned to cook the three meals for everyone on campus, which is currently 40 people, so 120 meals a day plus doing the dishes. After breakfast (7 a.m.), some students and volunteers participate in morning devotions (7:30 a.m.) which includes Bible reading, short reflection, and prayer. The devotions are led by one of the students.
After morning devotions which last approximately 10 minutes, all students are assigned chores around campus. These include feeding the pigs and chickens, watering the plants and crops, gathering fire wood, and working the coffee farm among many others. Around 9 a.m., the students take a very cold shower (the temperature of the water in the morning is in the 50’s) to get ready for academics. The morning sessions are from 9:30 to 10:20 and 10:30 to 11:20. In the afternoon, classes run from 1:30 to 2:20 and from 2:30 to 3:20.
During the break after the morning session and just before lunch, some students work on homework, study for tests, do arts and crafts, while others are doing laundry. After academics in the afternoon, students continue doing homework and more studying, and reading comprehension and pronunciation. The latter is done one-on-one with one of their teachers or any of the volunteers. They also work on their reading comprehension and English pronunciation in the evenings after supper. They also work with volunteers and teachers when they need math tutoring or on any topic. They do not mind working long hours to improve themselves and to be better students every day. After all teachers and volunteers retire for the day, around 8:30 p.m., many students will go to either the library or one of their classrooms to continue working on their academics and to get ready for the next day. They are truly amazing and they really value this opportunity and their education.
Well, I think I’m going to stop here for now, although there is plenty more I could tell you about the students. However, I’d rather tell you more when I return home. Who knows, maybe I won’t have to tell you because you might join us on our next trip here. I guarantee it will change your life.
In the meantime, I will ask to continue praying for this ministry, the students, the workers, the staff, and the volunteers. I will also ask you to continue contributing to this and other ministries. Also, make a point to talk to others about it. We want to spread the word and continue helping TLC. This is looking promising and the Lord is doing wonders, but there is so much more to be done.