Life at The Leadership Center

Jan. 18, 2020

Some of the team after rain shower!

Good day friends and family!

We hear many of you may be getting ice or snow. While it’s been a bit cool here this week in the mountains of Honduras, it’s not like at home! Some rain showers and wind but sunny and warm much of the days.

We have had a very busy, somewhat intense second week in classes with the second-year students. They have a lot of homework this weekend. The parade of students seeking extra help is wonderful.

Chris has her class researching and writing papers on various topics. Research on the internet is always challenging here- and we did lose power for three days. Apparently a fallen pine tree in another nearby rural community took out more than just wires.

My business students are doing pretty well. Understanding basic financial statements and transactions – just enough to evaluate profitability and breakeven points has been challenging this week. The girls work very hard to understand and are always asking for extra practice problems. In my class we talk about having an entrepreneurial mindset – not just for business, but for life.

The Arise Ministry Team from George Mason University departed on Tuesday and a team of 13 (11 students and 2 faculty) arrived from Lafayette College. This new team is very interested in sustainability projects and has been spending time in the finca planting rows of corn. They are also doing interesting seminars with the TLC students.

Most of the Lafayette team has been getting up at 6 a.m. for wake-up Zumba dancing in the salon. (I am sleeping.)

English Cafe

Yesterday the Lafayette team participated in “English Cafe” with our 18 first-year students. A fun close out to the week. They were doing three-minute speed dating interviews. Trying to learn as much as they could about the other person in three minutes. Fun and very noisy.

One of the first-year students, Merary, had sad news late yesterday. Her uncle – who was like a dad or older brother to her- died at home in some unusual way. We took her off campus today and she will spend time at home next week.

This week we are feeding 60 on campus; 38 students, staff and the team. It’s a lot of meals. The food here is modest but nutritious. Slowly the girls are coming around to more vegetables. But frijoles, broccoli, eggs and tortillas are staples. We are hoping to harvest Tilapia next week. They make some fine eating.


Today’s lunch was outstanding. Picture at right is of the girls eating fried chicken and tajadas (fried plantain slices) and watermelon juice. Everyone cleaned their plates to the disappointment of the campus dogs.

Chris is working with many girls in the sewing room. Second years are making quilted blankets and first years are knitting hats and making scrunchies (whatever they are).

Off now to some games in the soccer field. The students have prepared some games and fun activities for the team.

Thanks to all of you for your support.

Blessings from Honduras,


New Students Preparing to Make a Difference

Dear Friends and Family,

We send you best wishes on behalf of 30 wonderful young Honduran women here at TLC!

Last week was very full and rewarding.

The second-year students continued their entrepreneurial studies. This week we worked on business planning. The class divided into three groups and developed business plans for small businesses in a rural community. Most of the students are from villages or communities where agriculture / small farms are the primary source of income for families. Typical monthly wages for agricultural jobs would be about 7-8000 Lempira a month or about $350. That provides virtually no discretionary income for people to spend, so most businesses that we consider are about needs or necessities for households.

Chris also continues her activities in the Craft Room with the students. A lot of blankets, hair bows and pillows are in various states of completion. Usually about five or so girls seek her guidance after classes most days for craft help, depending on their homework requirements.

We had another group of applicants here the last few days. We will accept 18 -20 young women for a new class that will begin in April. They interview here at TLC and spend two nights here. We have about 50 applicants this year and narrowing that many to 18 young women is difficult, since so many need an educational opportunity such as this.

I guess that reality is why our students are so grateful. They recognize the opportunity they have here at TLC – to better themselves, their communities and their future.

Thanks to all of you for enabling that opportunity!

We had a big bonfire last night. Games and singing were very fun. Jeff had four of the students playing guitar with him – a TLC band. Tu Palabra and La Bamba were crowd favorites!

Three of our graduates started university together last Monday in an apartment in San Pedro Sula. A very exciting day for them and us. We are experimenting with a pilot program to help some graduates with University degrees. Many of you will recognize Lenis, Yolany and Meyrin.

Yesterday I spent some time with one of the first-year students, Carolina. She is a very fun, loving and popular student. We were reviewing her reading assignment. At one point she began to talk with me about the importance of family relationships. My sense was she had some struggles in her family. She was not specific but there was a sort of sadness in her voice. Well this morning she led the devotional and talked about relationships and sounded hope-filled. She quoted Matthew 19, “…with God all things are possible.”

I am off to spend some time with a couple students now … it’s another beautiful day here on the mountain. We return next Thursday night and are looking forward to being with family and friends soon.

Blessings from Honduras,


Back to TLC

July 15, 2016

Dear Friends and Family,

We arrived Wednesday mid-morning in Tegucigalpa. After a couple hours of shopping errands (mostly food for campus) we arrived on campus about 2:30. The students greeted us with hugs and laughter and we spent time talking and unpacking!

image3Thursday morning, Chris began to teach in the first-year classes with Nia, a wonderful young woman from Louisiana teaching English here at TLC for a year. I taught the third-year business students in the afternoon, where we focused on important business metrics, like profit margins and break even points.

There are 31 students here now, almost equally divided in three classes. The first-year students are “all English, all day”. The second-years are in leadership and community development classes. And the third years are finishing up their business classes in September and will soon graduate.

The devotional this morning was led by one of the second-year students who spoke about her gratitude to God for the opportunity she has been provided to learn and grow at TLC. It was touching, and thanks to all of you for helping make this happen!

image2I started working on the seniors’ business plans today, which are well underway. We have a coffee roasting business, a pulperia, a coffee Internet cafe, and an agricultural supply store – to name a few- in the works.





image1Chris spent this afternoon with about 10 of the girls in the sewing room – they had a lot of creative fun! Big news is we have three working sewing machines at this time after a bit of tinkering and duct tape.

After a dinner this evening of frijoles, cabbage, and a fresh fried egg (and of course, corn tortillas), we attended a wonderful ceremony of the Women With Purpose group. They welcomed 9 new members tonight. Each student spoke about themselves and of their desire to help and encourage other women in their local communities.

Have a wonderful weekend and blessings from Honduras!

Dan and Chris

Art for Humanity Shoe Drive for Honduras- Can You Help?

This weekend we are hoping that our Trinity family will provide over 100 pair of used shoes for needy people in Honduras.

jump_7238cnpWe will be accepting shoes* all weekend – Saturday at the Good Works Day or Sunday before or after Worship Services.

There will be a drop bin in the Fellowship Building next to a Missions Table. Can you help us reach our 100 pair goal?

A pair of used shoes allows a poor child to attend school and allows an adult to get a job. A pair of shoes also promotes better health through a reduction in soil borne parasites as well as infections from cuts. Your donation of good, used shoes will make a BIG difference in the lives of the people in Honduras, the second poorest country in the western hemisphere.

Go through your closets and see what you can do to help! Lace or bind the shoes together. Tax deductible receipts are available.


The Mission Committee


* Men’s shoes up to size 11, Women’s shoes up to size 9 are the most helpful. All children’s shoes accepted.

The Leadership Center Honduras Mission – Wednesday

photo 15Saludos desde TLC! Today has been the warmest and most humid day since we got here. However, we are not complaining. This weather has been good to help with the many ongoing projects. One of the projects involves the construction of a concrete water tank which will hold over 20,000 gallons of water. In the photo, with Micah Rahm posing, you can see the tank covered with plastic. This cover is necessary to trap the moisture which helps with the chemical reaction that bonds the concrete. To build the wall, the workers sling/slap two layers of concrete and the 2 layers to smooth the surface. Tomorrow, they will remove the plastic and the masonite that was holding the concrete from inside. Once the masonite is removed, the workers will make a mix with a higher concentration of concrete to smooth the inside surface and to fill any air pockets. After the workers are done with the wall, they will water it for 7 days while they build the top dome.

Once the tank is finished, the water supply for TLC will be improved exponentially. Water supply has been problematic. The water in TLC is collected from the river near campus. However the suction inlet is located approximately 3 miles away from campus. The reason behind this is that elevation of the river near TLC is below the elevation of the campus. Recently, more than 300 meters of line were stolen, and occasionally, one of the many junctions comes apart. Whenever the water stops running, the workers have to walk the water line to inspect it and fix the problem, so imagine inspecting three miles of water line by walking. Sometimes it takes a day or more to find and correct the problem and the current water reserve is a little over 2,500 gallons, and with students, staff, and volunteers, there is always more than 40 people on campus. Additionally, 12 new students are starting in April. Although, 3 students graduate, these new students will bring the total close to 50 people.

So, once this tank is operational, those problems will be a thing of the past. However, we are not quite where we need to be. This tank will be connected to a water pump that will collect water from a point in the river located approximately 400 meters from the tank. So, water will be pumped instead of delivered by just gravity. The cost of this is approximately $8,000. There is a donor willing to provide $4,000 of matching funds to pay for this project. Please keep this project in your prayers and consider donating to fund the project. We can guarantee that any funds donated to TLC are being put to great use for the work of the Kingdom.

I know this email is completely different than the past ones, but I believe, and I’m sure Dan and Chris would agree, that it is important to highlight other things of the many that are taking place here in TLC. Before I say goodbye, I want to ask for your prayers, support, and for people to join our team during future mission trips. Blessings.


Other photos from today:

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