this is a Newsletter from the School Sarah and I will be working at. I thought it might be interesting to include here.
“Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus, greetings from Honduras!
I am at the internet cafe at the mall in La Ceiba, and as I sit here typing, Italy and France (did I get that right!?) are playing, and people are glued to the TV monitors out in the food court!!
So what is all the “hoopla and holler” about the World Cup anyway!? For nineteen of our students who went to San Pedro Sula to compete in the XXXI st International Marathon on 23 June, the World Cup could not have been farther from their minds! They were eager and excited to run! All had been running for some time on the dirt road that goes up-river through Yaruca, Toncontin and then on to Uracco and return. The distance from the school to Uracco and back is almost precisely a half marathon, or 13 miles, and the nineteen students had run that distance during the time trials, and now they were ready for the big event!
Most ran in the 14-18 age category (which is half a half marathon, or about 6.5 miles),but Dennis and David were older than 18, so they had to run in the 19-34 category (which is a half marathon). All of the students did very well! Five did exceptionally well, taking 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th place in the 14-18 category and David who ran in the 19-34 category came in 3rd!!! David received a 3rd place trophy and Lesbin, who was 4th in the 14-18 category, also received a trophy for his efforts! We praise and thank the Lord for enabling the students to do as well as they did!
In I Cor. 9:24, Paul talks about a different kind of race. He says, “Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win.” Then in verse 26 he says, “therefore I run in such a way as not without aim; I box in such a way as not beating the air.”
Here at Instituto El Rey, we are in a race!! Sometimes it is a race against the clock–often there are reports to write and be submitted at a certain time! Lessons have to be prepared and we as teachers have to be on time for class! We race back and forth between La Ceiba and the school to pay bills, to buy materials for the school, to use the internet for e-mails and to make telephone calls; to take someone to the hospital; to have meetings with personnel at the Dept. of Education; and a host of other things!!
I`m sure that at times it looks like we are beating the air! But we do have aim–and we believe that it is also God`s aim! And that is to provide a quality secondary education in a Christian environment at an affordable price for the young people of La Cuenca del Cangrejal (this area)! And what a blessing it is to minister through education to these young people!! God continues to move in a powerful way in the lives of the students to the pulling down of strongholds!!
Some of our students who live in the mountains back from the road have great obstacles to overcome to make it to Instituto El Rey! Dilcia and Denia who live in San Luis which is on the other side of Uracco, rise at 4 in the morning to make it to the bus! Kilmer, Glenda and Cindy who live in the mountains above El Pital, begin their day at 3 am!! Then there are the students from El Paraiso, La Colorada, and Susco who must ford rivers each day in order to come to the school! All this for the privilege of attending Instituto El Rey!! We praise and thank God for all these and for all the others who attend IER!
We praise and thank God for you who He has called to partner with us and to minister along side us in this very vital and life-changing ministry!! Please don`t stop now!! for in due season you will reap the rewards of your sacrifice!
We have an urgent prayer need, and that is for more like you who are helping support this ministry by sponsoring a student! If you have friends who you think might be interested in investing in the lives of these students, please contact Susan Black at (888) 558-2566, or write to Instituto El Rey c/o ACTS Foundaton, Inc. P.O. Box 968 Tarpon Springs, FL 34688.
Susan will be happy to send information that you can give to your friends or answer your questions!! About half of our students do not have sponsors, and we need to pray that God would lead someone to sponsor these!!
And now “To gain for the Lamb the reward of His sacrifice”, Earl and Sharon”
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