Joy: Flat Tires, Hugs, Pigs and Roosters

April 27, 2017

Dear Friends and Family,

We arrived back at TLC last Friday, excited to teach the next ten weeks and very sorry to leave family behind for so long.

We met the new class on the way in from Zambrano -18 smiling and apprehensive young women from all over Honduras – our largest class in our 6-year history. They – along with 16 upper class women – mostly bussed to Zambrano and we all piled into the three TLC vehicles to make the 45-minute, dusty ride to campus. (one flat tire – not too bad)

The arrival on campus was a sweet reunion – many hugs and stories to share.

Chris and I settled into our little casita on the far end of campus – unpacking 8 bags (including much that many of you sent for the school).

We are pretty near the pigs and sheep – so a lot of wonderful sounds and aromas on occasion (a lot).

The weather is hot and sunny – near 90 most days, but cools to 55-ish here on the mountain at night.

We had a wonderful orientation session on Saturday – team building games and exercises. Sunday a beautiful worship service with over 40 of us attending and singing praise songs (in Spanish)

TLC is English immersion but with 18 first year students (most with no English) we are doing morning devotionals, daily work assignments and so on in both Spanish and English for a while.

We are very busy teaching each day. Chris is teaching ESL with first years and math class for second years. I have 8 third year business students – and am teaching them 4 hours a day- general business, entrepreneurship and accounting/ finance. (their heads are spinning – mine too)

Chris can almost name all 18 of her first-year students, I am a little fuzzy on most at this point. They change the names they wish to called often, it seems to me. Not sure why, other than to confuse us.

Meals are modest here – beans, rice and vegetables mostly. But we have fresh eggs from our chickens as well. This morning we killed 6 roosters – very exciting meal to come this weekend!

Thanks for all your support and prayers for these very deserving and precious young women.

In my class today, I asked each student to talk about the needs and concerns in their home communities.

It was hard to listen without great emotion. Crime and corruption takes a huge toll on people – in many ways. As one example, 5 of 8 girls mentioned that there were no decent public health clinics in or close to their communities. What we are attempting to do at TLC is educate these young women to make the changes they need for themselves, their communities and their country.

Blessings from Honduras,

Dan

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