I found this journal entry today which I had written when I first arrived in Honduras to start working on our house. Here it is:
Today marked the 4th trip that I’ve been able to make to Honduras. The first trip was in 2000 to work on the house where the directors of the school at Instituto el Rey live, the 2nd trip I visited while on a trip to survey several countries in Central America and to seek God’s direction for my life, the 3rd trip was this past summer when I visited with Sarah and her family, and now my 4th and longest trip. I arrived in San Pedro Sula late in the afternoon, and after finding out that the flight was an extra $60, I decided to ride the bus and save Give Hope 2 Kids $50. It took a little bit longer, but was a great time to get acclimated and ease back into the culture. This evening I spent with Dr. Black, a really interesting retired doctor from Texas. He has been very kind to Sarah and me…I really enjoy the talks we have. He grew up as a pastor’s son as I did, so I feel we have some connection there. I gave mom and Dad and Sarah a call to let them know that I arrived safely. -Jason
Today is an exciting day for us. Sarah is graduating from Bethel University with a degree in Sociocultural Studies. She has been working really hard and taking heavy courseloads so we can be married this summer. She has worked really hard and gotten excellent grades. Babe, I am proud of you!
We are going to take tomorrow (Sunday) off and relax, and then Monday it’s back to work because we have lots of details to wrap up before the wedding. Come back and check a few weeks after the wedding and we’ll post some pictures of the festivities.
Alright, this will serve as our first actual post. I’ve just finished talking to Shawn Maust who helps us with our web design, and he has set up the blog that you’re viewing right now. Shawn, if your reading this…thanks for all of your help. I’m not sure if you’ve ever tried to slug your way through a technical issue and been on the verge of losing it. If that’s ever been you, people like Shawn will save your life. He does great work, and is immensely patient. Thanks friend.
I would imagine that if you’re looking through the Give Hope 2 Kids website, that you’re vaguely familiar with us and what we’re trying to do. My name is Jason Furrow, and I’m the founder of Give Hope 2 Kids. All of this began in the Spring of 1990 when I visited an orphanage outside of Guatemala City on a short-term visit to help build a medical clinic. Since that time, I’ve been visiting orphanages in Latin-America and dreaming for the day when I could help in the same way that I saw others like Mike and Dottie Clark helping in Guatemala.
I finished my undergrad degree at North Central University in 2000, and finished my master’s in theology and cross-cultural ministry from Bethel Seminary in 2004. At the end of my time there I was priviledged to meet Sarah McCready a young woman who began attending Bethel the semester after I graduated. We hit it off immediately and will be married in just a few weeks on June the 8th. We will leave immediately for our honeymoon and will return to the States for less than two weeks, and then it’s off to Honduras. I hope in the following posts, you’ll be able to hear from both of us and see how our dream of working as teachers, and eventually having our own home for children is fulfilled.