While Henry & Francis (www.lw4r.com), are currently stateside for a total of 5 weeks, we continue to “sink or swim” in the duties of water maintenance. So quickly the “other side” of the water project rears its ugly head. My duties require me to terminate access to water of those who are delinquent in payment. (No pago, no agua) My first customer is waiting for me! He has a machete! Wait a second, this was not in the job description! Thank God I attended language school and was able to figure out what to say, and that the family could keep the water service. I probably would have figured out a way to keep the lines open to this customer even had he not payed. Don’t want to make enemies too quickly! (Although, need to be sure not to barge in and do things “my way!”) The electricity on the island is very expensive; therefore, every lempira (dollar) is critical to keeping the pumps running.
Exciting news! Rounded up 8 young boys, ages 8-13, as the beginning of a Colonia baseball team. There is a league here, but, does not include a team from the colonia, as of yet! Practice will occur 2x/week, with the goal of having 2 full teams to enter into the league. The laughs we had! From the kids putting their mitts on the wrong hand, to the kids throwing the ball at the base runner to get him out, our smiles were constant. Never before had we witnessed kids darting into the bushes to fill their empty bellies with fruit dangling from the trees. The joy on their faces increased evermore as a jug of fresh water was passed around afterwards. All the kids frantically wanted to know when the next practice would be…
Kerry continues with her english classes in the primary school, which consists of 6 different classes, 2x/week. Currently, they are wrapping up “body parts” and will be moving into “days of the week.” Our kids take turns being the helper for the day, moving throughout the school with Kerry. Additionally, the two of us will be starting a 7 week session Clase de Ingles, for adults 2x/week. Word is getting out and we expect to have more than we can handle. Our goal is to train others to help us with this, so that we can offer several varying levels of classes.
The contents of the boxes that we packed in Durango over six months ago are slowly being absorbed into our new home on the island. With negotiations under way for the purchase of land for the community center, we are storing the precious supplies (sporting equipment, educational & spiritual material, bilingual info., etc.) shipped, for now, in our “bodega” i.e. garage. As this process of unpacking and settling in enfolds, we are finding more time in each day to “make a difference” , or at least try to! With so many opportunities to help others, we need to take the time to think and pray about which path we take. It could be very easy to take on too much. We are very much like our family’s new puppy in that we are so eager to please. We hope that the activities that we choose to be a part of, here on the island, in some way connect with you and are pleasing to God. It is this interconnectedness that makes all the difference in the world!