After two weeks at Casa de Luz I am certain that God has brought me here for such a time as this. I absolutely love these children, their enthusiasm and sweetness is so contagious. They are so smart and eager to learn. There are very few behavioral issues, no sulkiness, no bad attitudes, and no meanness toward others. They are just beautiful and sweet-natured kids who encourage others because it is already inside them. This is, without a doubt, the best teaching-learning environment. We have been getting to know each other and I’m sure that they are ready for some new challenges.
We have been working hard on learning the verses from Galatians 5: 22 & 23, in both Spanish and English. The kids understand that these gifts are from the Holy Spirit, who gives us the power to live with peace, love, joy, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. I found it so interesting that when we talked about which fruits of the spirit we struggle with, they had a hard time naming one that was challenging, but we came to a consensus that sometimes patience is hard. We also learned that when we fail, we can go to Jesus, ask for His help to do better next time, and that He always gives us a second chance.
In addition to my work at Casa de Luz, I have joined “R Church” and am playing keyboard with their worship band. Everyone has been so welcoming and I appreciate so much the rides provided to church and practice.
Yesterday, my day off, I went to visit the local library where there is a respectable collection of books and games for children, housed in a beautiful octagonal structure right on the beach. After reading Green Eggs and Ham in Spanish to a small group of attentive visitors, I also discovered that they have a very nice collection of LEGO Mindstorms robotics equipment and no one who knows anything about it. Beginning next Friday, I will take my ten years of electronics and machine-tool robotics knowledge to the library to begin classes in robotics, one for girls and one for boys. Chance? Coincidence? I don’t think so. God is now firmly in the driver’s seat and I’m learning to listen to the impulses that occur to me, (this is a good day to go visit the library!), to hear His still small voice, and to go wherever He leads.
Care4Communities (C4C) is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3), Florida-based Corporation, headquartered in Jacksonville. C4C exists to share the love of Jesus with the communities of Roatan through sports, education and construction activities as a means to develop relationships and affirm their dignity.