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Cruz came home from school with a note about an upcoming project on water animals. They were studying water animals at school this week so each student had to pick one to present to their class. He chose sharks. The assignment was to make a poster about his animal and be prepared to orally share 4-5 facts about them to his class on Friday. Here he is painting the ocean on his poster.
He is crazy about sharks!
On Wednesday morning we headed up the mountain to Tunuco Arriba to have our clausura (closing ceremony). It was our last time to meet there for this school year. We are excited to have an open invitation to return next January and teach there again.
Here is a little video I took on the drive up. We had been riding off road almost an hour already when I took this video. To get the full effect you need to bounce up and down in your seat and rock yourself side to side really forcefully over and over and over again. ha Our old bodies take a good beating every week when we travel there.
Mrs. Diana recognizing the teachers
some of the children presenting Mrs. Diana with roses and thanking her for teaching them
Mrs. Diana recognizing the students who had perfect attendance
These precious ones made every class that was taught
Here is a video of everyone singing "This is the Day That the Lord Hath Made" in Chorti
The Lubeck's daughter Kathy also joined us that day. She and her parents sang several songs during the program in English, Spanish, and Chorti.
Kathy, Mrs. Diana, and Mr. John singing during the program
Mrs. Diana and Mr. John did a puppet show for everyone telling the story of Eve and the serpent.
It was a great program and everyone there seemed happy to have us. Coffee and sweet bread was served before we left. We look forward to having another opportunity to return and share more in the future. Keep praying for this village and the hearts of those precious children that we have had the privilege to work with.
Here are the boys trying to feed sweet bread to the baby chick in Tunuco Arriba. They are so funny!
We returned down the mountain in time for lunch at the Lubeck's. It is always good to sit around their table and enjoy a meal. She served apple pie for dessert but had cupcakes for the boys- red icing cupcakes!
Do you think they were excited?
Ben after eating his cupcake, ha
Thursday afternoon we had Bible study in Muyurco. It is always a highlight of our week. This week we picked up Reyes and his son to join us. They are from the village of Nearar. I love how our work here is more like a community effort. Encouraging our nationals to work alongside us, having partnerships with Stateside churches, and having folks like the Lubeck's to partner with is a great blessing to us and our ministry.
We had a great service there. We have been having a group from the neighboring village of Porto Suelo join us. The believers in Nearar and Muyurco have been visiting in this village and many are accepting Christ there. Almost on a weekly basis we are hearing of new believers in that village. How exciting is that! They are hiking a long way each Thursday to be a part of our Bible study. There are enough now to consider having a separate home Bible study with them in their village but we are praying about who will lead it. We would be happy to do it but would love for one of the leaders from Nearar to take ownership of it and do it. Pray that God would call one of them out to disciple these precious folks. Pray for us to encourage them and assist them. Also begin praying for this new village that we are adding to our list of "villages we are targeting". God is up to something good there!
It is now Friday morning and we are tired and dragging. We sent Cruz off to school for his last day of class. I'll admit that I am a little sad about that. The decision to leave him in Spanish school or pull him out for homeschool has been difficult for me to make. I have a peace about it now and my new role as his teacher. It is not going to be easy but I know it is what I need to do.
Cruz with his shark poster before leaving for his last day of Spanish school.
His first and last day of school
and he's off!!! When did he get so big??? sniff sniff
We are working today to get things ready for our upcoming team. We are very excited about hosting another group next week. They will arrive here in Chiquimula late Sunday afternoon. Before they come though we'll be doing a Bible study in Lagunetas on Saturday morning and one in Nearar on Sunday morning. Pray for us. These are busy days, but we are so thrilled to be seeing some fruit from our hard labor. God is Good in allowing us to see how He is working and it's just enough to encourage us to keep on keeping on. Your prayers are having a huge impact on the work here. Keep them coming!!!