Getting to Know the Students

Hello Family and Friends,

It has been just a little over a week since we arrived and I have finally learned all the names of the 11 new students. Dan is close.

I have had time to sit and talk with a few girls individually and as you would expect some of their stories are heart wrenching. Some have been unemployed for 2 years, some fathers are absent, and several have at least one sibling in the US, most illegally. And for all, TLC is providing an opportunity of a lifetime, a chance to learn English and for many a chance to become entrepreneurs.

Mr. Dan is working very hard with the 5 graduating business students to develop good plans and projections for their businesses. We hope that most will qualify for some funding and several look very promising.

The sewing room is always busy with an assortment of blankets, embroidery and pillow cases. I have also added a preschool class for Micah and Abby, the director’s children in the mornings.

Saturday night the ladies made doughnuts, quite wonderful. Our Sunday service featured Dan preaching on Romans 3 and great music.

Tonight I will discuss an Ernest Hemingway short story with the book club group. I hope it will be a lovely evening of fellowship and learning. Also tonight the first group of prospective students for next quarter will be on campus for weekend interviews.

Roxana with a part of the daily egg harvest, organic, free range and delicious.

Roxana with a part of the daily egg harvest, organic, free range and delicious.

The kitchen is very busy as the students feed about 50 people every day without some of the most basic appliances found in US kitchens. That number will swell to 75 for the weekend.

We think of you all often and are thankful for your prayers and loving support.

Till next time,

Chris

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Chris & Dan Return to TLC

This message was originally written on Jan. 23.

Dear Family and Friends,

IMG_0354We arrived on campus Wednesday afternoon (Jan. 20) with a wonderful greeting from many of the students. Many hugs and laughs. We had missed them and they had missed us! They helped us tote our 7 duffle bags to the casita which will be our home away from home again. No cows to welcome us this time on our front porch – a good thing.

We walked with the students over to the kitchen and volunteer house and just sat and talked with the girls until the dinner bell. We enjoyed a typical Honduran meal of beans, scrambled eggs and mixed vegetables along with – of course – corn tortillas.

We began to unpack that evening but did not get much done – it had been a very long day. We have brought a lot of school supplies, craft items for the girls, used cell phones, some tools, books and more – much donated – thanks to all.

Chris came down with a nasty stomach bug early Thursday morning that kept her in bed for a full day or so – but she is back and the students are happy for that. Several of the girls kept bringing her tea with lemon and other support help all day. Very sweet.

photo 1I have 5 third-year students who I am working with. We started accounting and business metrics review yesterday in classes. Next week, we will begin to polish up their business plans and work on projections. They seem very excited about the prospects of becoming entrepreneurs soon! And a bit nervous.

Chris starts a sewing project this afternoon – blankets with the 11 first-year students.

A dozen second-year students bring the total number of young women to 28 right now.

IMG_0352The daily schedule is like this – breakfast at 7, devotionals at 7:20, work detail 7:30 to 9, classes 9:30-11:30, lunch at 12:30, classes 1:30 to 3:30 and then free-time and study groups until dinner at 6, after dinner meetings, tutoring and studying.

Internet access has been challenging so far. Bandwidth is tough to come by right now -so we will stay in touch with you as best we can.

The weather is very nice – afternoons are mid-70s and sunny. Nights are a bit cool – 50ish, which is fine with an extra blanket.

Today is a big day – fried fish for lunch – from the Tilapia tanks here on campus. The girls have been talking about the fish for several days now.

IMG_0357Let me close with this – yesterday morning at devotionals, Karla one of the third-year students shared a bit about her life. She is from a poor farming family. Her parents do not have much other than the land they work, but she talked about how her parents never complain. And then she reflected on how much she has to be thankful for – including a free education here at The Leadership Center and all her friends here. But she said this – “I often catch myself complaining about things. And that is wrong. I need to be always thankful for what God has provided me. I want to have a grateful heart”. Sounds like good words to live by for sure!

We know many of you are struggling with snow – hope you are safe and warm.

Blessings from Honduras,

Dan