Thursday, July 19, 2012

Sights and sounds

So much of life here in Honduras would seem to be about suffering.  There is so much poverty, so much desperation, so much violence, so little reason to hope.   That's what you'd think.  That is often the first impression.  But that is not what life is about here.  So much of life here is about worship, prayer, trust, and always hope.   There are the formal, organized worship events in churches large and small.  There are the informal, impromptu prayers, individually or with whoever is around.  And then there is the instinctive faith that is inextricably woven into the heart and soul.

Take for example, Flor del Campo.  Flor del Campo has the reputation of being one of the most violent, dangerous barrios in Tegucigalpa. Many Hondurans won't go into Flor, nor will they hire someone with a Flor address.   Flor is impoverished with few paved roads and sky high unemployment. Gangs collect a "war tax" from tiny businesses.   Many adults can't read or write.  Many families can only afford a uniform and books to send one of their children to public school, the others work.  For many it is a place of desperation.

Streets of Flor del Campo

However, on one of the side streets is an oasis...Our school, God's Littlest Lambs or Los Corderitos.

Here, the children get a break from the world outside the walls.  They receive an excellent education, much needed hugs and love, encouragement to dream and dream big, and, they get to know Jesus.  You are invited to attend the Wednesday devotional at the school.  Every Wednesday morning all the children (180 kids pre-K through 6th grade plus the daycare students) gather on the 3rd story soccer court to spend about 90 minutes learning about the "value of the week", learning a Bible verse, performing dramas,  praying, and singing.

Learning a Bible verse:
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’
Matthew 22:37

Value of the week:  Loyalty
To defend what you believe and in whom you believe

"This little light of mine..."

View from the soccer court
Join us as the children sing, praising God, and imagine their voices flowing out over the community...filling the air with hope and promise of a better life.