Welcome to the latest edition of our newsletter! I continue to pray that you are doing well despite all the hardships caused by the Coronavirus. The support provided by so many sponsors and donors during these difficult times is truly heartwarming. Ms Telma (the school adminstrator) asked that I pass on her thanks for all your help and support; because of you and God, they are surviving this year. I hope you too are encouraged as you read below about the ongoing efforts in Honduras.
"...Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us..." Heb 12:1
Despite the hurdles created by the Coronavirus, Hands for Jesus Christian School has certainly been “running the race” well! The teachers have persevered in providing a solid, Christian education to the students. The Coronavirus lock-down has prevented schools from re-opening for in-class instruction, so everything has been moved to a combination of internet and home-delivered assignments. Let’s face it: in a country with technological hurdles, poverty, and lack of a US-style postal service, it is amazing that the students are completing their studies as they are. This is a testimony to the school’s teachers and staff, supporters like you, and of course the good Lord’s blessing!
The school year in Honduras will wrap up at the end of November and resume again in February. At this point, no one can say if the schools will physically open to the students, or if they will continue to be on-line, or if there will be some combination. As it stands now, the staff is preparing for all scenarios. What makes all this even more impressive is that the teachers and staff are doing all this while working for half pay. Please continue to keep the teachers, staff, students, and parents in your prayers.
Food Gifts for Teachers
This summer, we started a special charitable effort to help the teachers at Hands for Jesus Christian School. Because the Coronavirus lock-down put so many Hondurans out of work, some parents couldn’t afford tuition. This drove down the school’s funds, forcing them to cut teachers’ pay in half. To help alleviate that, we started a program to purchase food for teachers twice a month. The food packages include rice, beans, corn, toilet paper, and condiments. It may seem small, but it is a huge encouragement for them to know that others are thinking of them. Thanks to the kindness of donors, we have been able to provide food to the teachers each month. Currently, we have enough to carry us through October.
This program is currently on-going. $10 will buy a bag of food and there are 27 teachers, so to provide food twice a month we are trying to raise $540/month. If you would like to donate any amount to help with this, please do so online here or send a check to Hope & Help for Honduras, 2270 New Hope Rd, Greensburg KY 42743.
Avenues of Hope and Help
Sadly, due to Coronavirus restrictions, Sally and Tim had to cancel their plans to return to Honduras in January. If the situation improves significantly, they will return later in the year, Lord willing. In the meantime, we are planning to send a shipment of supplies to Honduras. A list of needed items is on this Amazon Wish List. We are also trying to get a laptop for each classroom, so if you (or someone you know) have an older laptop you would like to donate, we would love to include it in our shipment. For those who sponsor a child, if you would like to send a gift, you can send that as well for inclusion in the shipment. The address for all of these donations is Hope & Help for Honduras, 2270 New Hope Rd, Greensburg KY 42743.
We are also looking for sponsors for three students. These three students need partial sponsorships. If you know someone who would be interested in sponsoring a child, please give them this link.
Finally, and most importantly, we need your prayers. Please pray for the following:
- Strength and encouragement for the students, teachers, and staff.
- For the teachers to role model Christ to their students.
- That God would raise up disciples among the student body.