Day 5: Ladies Day
Another big day with lots going on! Tim and Cathy attended the One Egg program and taught the story of Esau and Jacob to the kids. Melanie and Lesli headed into town to pick up food for the ladies day event. The rest of the team headed down to CAFFIN to setup for what was going to be a very busy day. Hosting VBS and the Ladies Day event simultaneously stretched us and again we saw our Honduran partners shine! They are the real unsung heroes on this trip. We have been impacted by their servant attitude and have been blessed to walk alongside them. While we've maintained a healthy team, it's safe to say that we have a tired team. It has been such a wonderful week so far and we can see God working in so many ways. Over and over, we feel the blessing of being a part of the ministry here in Honduras.
As mentioned, we had been preparing to host a Ladies Day event. We've done this the last few years and is always a powerful time. Today was no different - we had a great turnout. The women on our team had prepared to receive up to 65 women, so naturally you plan for a few extras just in case. Attendance came in at 75, which was exactly how many crafts, food and giveaways we had. We're excited to think that each and every one of those women were exactly where God wanted them to be today. The time was filled with a special snack, a message about how God is the light and a corresponding craft. The craft was a bag decorated with a sun that they can use and will be a daily reminder of the message they heard. We also played a fun door prize game and one of the prizes was for the oldest woman in the group. The winner was an 82 year old woman, until moments later an 86 year old came in! The ladies seemed to really enjoy being pampered, and we were greatly encouraged by the quality time with them.
We were able to offer Bibles to the women who didn't have one; 50 of them were distributed, and we ran out! The ladies were promised that if they came back tomorrow - we would have one for them. We also dipped into the storage of Bibles at CAFFIN so we needed to buy another case to replace them. It's a beautiful thing to know that so many of the teens from the other night and these women were bringing God's Word back to their homes - between these groups, over 100 new Bibles are now in their community. It's very convicting to see them respond to accepting the gift of a Bible, as it's shamefully easy for us to take God's Word for granted. Many of our homes probably have multiple copies sitting on shelves.
VBS: Day 3
At VBS we had another great turnout of kids! While day 1 was challenging due to the sheer number of kids, today was a little harder with the logistical flow of things and some of the team having to jump around. The women from our team were busy hosting the ladies, there were people in unfamiliar volunteer positions, some extra rowdy kids as well as space constraints because the Ladies Day event was happening in the large gathering room. We lost some of our large group time at the open and close of VBS because we sent the kids to their stations in an attempt to manage some of the overall chaos. We were also down a few volunteers today, and we lost a couple more when one of the kids attending fell and broke his arm. Luis (the nurse here) and Javier (one of our volunteers) had to take him for x-rays. By God’s grace, the break was able to be set by the doctor on staff at CAFFIN (no surgery required) and they had just received a donation of the fiberglass needed to make a nice cast so they were able to get him all fixed up on site. A real tangible example of how valuable this ministry is to the local people.
The lesson for VBS today was delivered by another teenager from our team, Bella Van Slyke. Her lesson was the Sermon on the mount - talking about direction in life, that it comes from God. She delivered a great lesson but it appeared that the older group really had a hard time settling down and listening. That set the stage for Andy to share a little bit deeper with these students and once again address them on their level.
Testimony Maria Angelica Chavez
She is a teacher and part of the educational program at CAFFIN. She decided to join the program as a Pre-K and Kindergarten teacher. She is so thankful for the program and knows it will change her life. “When I heard about the program it really caught my attention. It’s a really good opportunity because I came out of elementary school 11 years ago (at age 9) and there is no other opportunity like this to help me finish school.” After her father passed away, the family needed her to help support the family. She has yet to complete middle or high school, which places her currently in 7th grade. Her dream is to study to be a nurse. During VBS you can find her surrounded by the kindergarten age students, you can tell she loves them and they just adore her in return.