December 13, 2018
- We got back to Tulsa last Tuesday (12/4); the trip was pretty much uneventful. A day earlier we said good-bye to Denny Boersema. He spent ten days with us working on the education program. He and Cheryl worked on new applications of curricula, as well as procedural handbooks for students and teachers. On the same day that Denny arrived, a group from Beacon Hill Baptist in OK was just leaving. Candy Mahaney and her parents have been running the 1000 Christmas gifts project since 2007. This time Candy and her mom, along with Linda Thornhill, Avery Johnson, and Phillip Deckard came along. It was a great experience for all. First of all, the container came in much faster this year. The boxes were in our warehouse by the time Jim Redyke and the group from First Methodist had arrived. This year we went further back into the “jungle like area” to hand out the gifts. Over past couple of weeks we have had several meetings regarding the future of our Honduras church. Since Nelson Batista has been held in Venezuela so much of the time, the decision was made to ordain Nelson Osorto, so he can do baptisms, communion, marriages, etc. He is working on a seminary degree. For now the two Nelsons will be co-pastors…..Just before we left on Tuesday we had Saturday graduation at Gathering Hearts. A real highlight was when the 94 graduates sang songs and hymns in English. We served sit-down lunch to about 200 students and family. Later in the day we attended junior high graduation at the private school where we and other Gathering Hearts participants scholarship students. That was a very special time also…. Before leaving Honduras we also had several meetings about the land for our soccer field. The deal was sealed just before we left.
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Sometimes I think we may be fuel for the unbeliever when the things we preach are not the things we do.