A sweet note from our students today.
AND, wow it has been pouring rain the last week. We literally had a waterfall coming down the steps today. Thankfully no water inside the school it was just really loud so we crafted =).
My kids love to craft so today we made snowmen from clothespins and tomorrow we will make our gifts from toilet paper rolls for our Christmas presentation. (sorry for the run on sentence). We decorate toilet paper rolls and fill them with candy and give them as gifts =). This is like the 4th time we have made them and the kids still love doing it!! December 2nd is our Christmas presentation. Please be in prayer with me that this will actually turn out nice and parents will be happy to see their children participate and that the Lords word will not go void (He promises it won’t).
May all of you have a blessed Thanksgiving!!
From our side of the world here is a little humor from the local/most popular Chicken place (Bojangles). Ex-pats live on the island and they know we celebrate Thanksgiving so they have made a meal for our special day. BTW 99.00=$5
Ronnie and Jamie
Viviendo el Sueno
Dear C4C Supporters,
Praise God, Jamie is back from the language school in Costa Rica. It was a long time for me here in Roatan, but a really short time for Jamie to try and learn a language. We did not expect Jamie to ‘know’ Spanish when she got back to Roatan. She went to get a better understanding of the language; specifically the various forms of verbs. In Spanish, the verb is often first in the sentence. Knowing what tense the word is spoken in goes a long way to understanding what is said, or how to say it.
It was a lot of Spanish in a short time. Five and a half hours of class each day followed by two to three hours of homework. Everyone says that, as time goes on, what she learned will ‘click-in’.
Ms. Ivonne did a wonderful job teaching on her own while Jamie was gone. Teaching with no helper(s) can be a little overwhelming at times, so we are very grateful for Ms. Ivonne.
Currently Jamie is planning a Christmas Program with the kids at school, they are working on the singing abilities =). She plans on having the parents come to watch their children sing and tell about the birth of Christ…
Also, (as of this month) Jamie and the girls are not going to be continuing their “crafting” business. Jamie has tried to give the girls this business for a while now but they aren’t interested. Jamie will be donating whatever supplies she has left to someone on the island in need of them.
While Jamie was in Costa Rica we were able to complete some of the small projects on the ‘to-do’ list. Here are just a couple that were completed:
• Robert, G, Hector and a few of the court boys help me rebuild the stands on the court. Very happy with how the project turned out.
• Hector, the court boys and I cut a two foot by two foot hole in the block wall in the peak of the north wall of the school, right bellow the roof. We installed a cheap fan to pull the hot air out of the classroom. I could not find an exhaust fan big enough here on the island, but the house fan we are ‘temporarily’ using is way better than nothing. Hopefully we can acquire a real exhaust fan before next spring.
Team Colorado completed the first half of the season with 1 win, 1 tie and 5 loses. Ugh, that hurts. All but one were really close, hard played games. The last game of the first half the guys still played hard but we lost 2 to 6! That really hurt. The guys are playing great. I have told the guys from the beginning of the first season we played that whether we win or lose, is by God’s will. If we can’t find praise for Him when we lose, praise for Him when we win doesn’t mean much. I praise God that the guys understand this and continue to pray to and praise our Lord.
Concerning prayer requests:
1. Please continue to pray about our finances. By my calculations we are running roughly $100 short each month.
2. The Casa de Luz school year ends in December. We will be doing repairs and improvements on the school and preparing for the start of the next school year. This involves testing of applicants for the open spots. Pray that we choose according to the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Ron McDonald/Jamie Rich-McDonald
Viviendo el sueno
Hi All – Thank you for reading our blog today. I haven’t blogged in a bit so I am going to catch you up on some things that have been going on. First of all (as I say super happily…)the weather is getting cooler. PRAISE GOD!!! if you survive September here you know you can survive almost anywhere…
While I was at language school my husband kept busy at the court and school. He installed an exhaust fan at school. and the bleachers were completed. A big thanks to our friend Robert for doing this.
I was in language school in Costa Rica for a bit and here are some pictures of me completing my course and receiving my certificate. I am bilingual now? (as I am asked daily…) well no, but I did learn a lot and I think within time I will remember all I learned. For probably 1.5 weeks I had no idea what I was learning but I just kept at it doing my homework daily and doing pretty well. I have a bunch of material and still have homework to complete while at home. So, please join me in prayer that I will remember and retain all I have learned. My goal is to be able to speak fluently with all the parents of the children at school.
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Well, we (Chris and Ronnie and helpers) have been hard at work this week improving the perimeter of the school and court. Chris is here for two weeks staying with us working hard to complete this job. It looks beautiful!! I will post for pictures when it is completed. We had to close school for a few days this week due to the construction. It is really hot so the kids didn’t mind. Robert and G,our friends, will be completing the bleachers in a few weeks…We have more visitors coming on Monday from West Virginia and on the 23rd a small group from California. Summer is busy here on the island since it is summer break for those that live in the states and they normally do their mission trips then. Here are some pictures of what has been happening this week. thanks for reading
well we are back on the island YEAH!!! we really miss it when we are away =) we enjoy our ministry and our lifestyle. we are asked when we return from the states “did you have a relaxing time…?” hahaha usually “relaxing” isn’t the word we would use. It is great seeing family, kids, grandchild and friends but we are normally really busy while in the states. we do praise God for all those who help us, give us a place to sleep, a car to drive, meals etc. we could not do it without faithful friends and family.
Tomorrow we receive a small team for the week from south Carolina then the day they leave Chet’s Creek is coming for a week. woohoo!!! We have 3 teams this month and two in July. come join us for the fun and fellowship – contact us directly or any church partner and come for a visit.
we have a soccer game today at 4pm, so I am off to get things ready. have a great week – In Him, jamie
Ronnie and I really enjoy living here for so many reasons. living among people that were raised different than us, speak a different language than us etc. the other day while in “west end” I came across a visitor (gringa) while I was speaking Spanish on my cellphone. after I hung up she told me she understood all my Spanish because I speak super slow with no accent!!! ROFL. I am sure she meant this as a compliment.
Ronnie had a soccer meeting tonight with the whole team. at the end of the meeting he asked if there were any questions. YES, there was. First and most important question…will there be cookies and snacks during the games while you are gone?? (not said as a joke).
btw: while I am at it I would like to put in another plug to please sponsor our little soccer team. thank you!