During our time living and working in Honduras we've seen how much education changes lives for the better. Without education, people have few options in life and often end up trapped in poverty. There are almost no jobs where we live and if people move to the city without resources they often end up in the roughest neighborhoods with drugs and gangs. But education changes things. We know kids that are in medical school that come from families where the parents only went part way through grade school. We really believe that education means more options and opportunity for a better life.
Ronald is a student that's lived with us for close to a year-and-a-half now. As an older student (he's a 23-year-old 12th grader) he's had to fight to stay in school. When he lived with his family, they expected him to be up at 4am to help with the cattle and then he worked for us after school to pay for all his school and living expenses. Ronald was thinking of dropping out of school until we offered him a place to live. He still works after school, but now he has the time he needs to study and he's looking forward to graduating from high school this November.
We are passionate about continuing to invest in the education of young lives, to give them a future with greater possibilities. We want to say our thanks to so many of you who enable us to be a blessing to these young people.
As we’re getting closer to opening the Kid’s Home we need to free up the houses we’ve been using for other purposes. Right now we (Jason & Sarah) live in one of the homes for kids and volunteers, groups, and other visitors also bunk up in the kid’s homes when they’re here.
In January, we began work on our personal home on the property and we’re continuing the work on the Volunteer House. We hope to finish these houses in the next several months so we can free up houses for kids.
During the second week of May we have a group coming down that hopes to put a roof on the two new houses and wire them for electricity. Our problem is that right now we lack the necessary funds to purchase the roof materials for the Volunteer House. This is the only chance we have to get this house wired for a long time and we need the roof on first. We want to offer you the opportunity to help. The estimated cost of this roof is: $4000. If this is a project you would like to donate towards, please contact us.
Our construction crew has been working at an amazing speed the last couple months. The walls are already up and the guys are applying the stucco and putting together the roof structure.
In the next few of months we will be finishing up this house and the volunteer house. Both need stucco, a roof, and then the floors poured. We hope to have these houses finished this summer so we can free up the kid's homes for kids.
Desperate for House Moms
We're are getting SO close to taking in kids. We have made a lot of progress the last few months with the Honduran Social Services. Awhile back we turned in our application and operational plan to be a Kid's Home. They've sent things back for editing a couple times, but we're almost, almost done with this legal process.
So far we've undergone two Social Services inspections of our place and both have gone well. The first was from the national headquarters, who will approve us a Kid's Home. This inspection ended up happening the day our son Josiah was born and we missed it! But even though we weren't there, our board member Gerald and right-hand-man David did an excellent job of showing our place and explaining our vision. Then in March we had a second inspection from a regional branch of Social Services. With this inspection we will be able to receive kids from the government home in San Pedro Sula.
Now we're down to needing House Moms. We feel that the role these House Moms play will be so crucial in the lives of our kids that we don't want to hire anyone haphazardly. We feel it is a serious responsibility of ours to find the right people. Jason recently traveled around Honduras making connections with seminaries and community leaders looking for people. This weekend we will be interviewing two potential women and a couple. Please pray with us that we find the RIGHT people to care for the kids from the start.
Well, we haven't managed to blog much recently, due to a wonderful new distraction in our lives. He goes by the name of Josiah Paul Furrow. He was born on February 16th at 6 lbs, 18 in.
We can't believe that Josiah is already 7 weeks old. He has been such a joy!
This is a picture of Josiah wearing one of daddy's old outfits when he was a baby.