Destination Church also donated items and helped load the container on shipping day. And we can't forget David Martinez (our right hand man down here) made 8 trips in our white work truck to bring all of the items up the mountain. Thank you everyone!
It was a lot of work, and we’re still sorting it all out, but now we have so many more of the tools that we need to grow in our ministry.
During their week with us we were able to put roofs on the Volunteer House and the Furrow House. We also got a good chunk of the wiring done on the Furrow House.
We also want to say thanks to those who donated to help us buy materials for the roof on the Volunteer House. This really helped us along with this big project.
As we look back at the past few years we feel so appreciative of everyone who has invested in our construction projects, either with time or finances. We wouldn't be near so far along in our work without our generous supporters!
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.
We just enjoyed having a group come from Life Church with Jason's Dad, Paul Furrow. The big project for their trip was to get the new roofs up on two buildings at our elementary school. In preparation, men from our village pulled off the old roof and took down a few trees. Then our Honduran work crew built the rafters and prepared the buildings for the new roofs. When the group arrived we were amazed that they got both roofs up in just over a day of work. With another few days of work they put in all new wiring into the assembly hall and the kindergarten, both for lights and for a little computer lab (that we hope to put in as an upcoming project).
Our activity center is almost finished, thanks to Faith -- both the group from Faith Church in Indiana and through the Faith that kept us building even when we didn't know if the finances would be there to keep going.
Lots of the neighborhood kids were around to watch and help. We can already sense the excitement in the community about what we're building. Many people have stopped to ask about the building and how people in the community can use it. This will be such a great space for us keep kids moving and having fun even when it's raining outside, with our 100+ inches of rainfall every year. So, thanks to everyone who helped to work on this project or who gave towards the construction costs -- we couldn't have done it without you.
P.S. We wanted to proudly announce that this is our 100th blog post for Give Hope 2 Kids! Thanks to all our readers for your continued interest in our work.
During the summer months, while college classes were out, we had two guys who came to help us out. Preston and Matt were very different people from different places, but both excelled here in their time volunteering with us. They taught our English classes and ran the library during our trip to the States in June, as well as helping out our construction crew and managing other projects. They did a great job connecting with the kids of our community, keeping our educational programs running, and just helping out in general.
We want to say thanks to both of you for all the hard work you've done this summer. We appreciate you and hope to see you both down here again some time.
We have just returned from our annual trip to the US and we're back to business here in Honduras. The next three months will be a busy time for us as we host construction groups and do a lot of building.
While we were away our construction crew kept diligently working. The walls are now up for our future volunteer house and we're almost ready to put on a roof and do the wiring for this building.
Our main project at the moment is constructing our activity center. This will be a covered basketball court and will finish the community portion of our place This community complex will include the activity center, library, and playground. We are excited to have this building up, as it means we can greatly expand the our library facilities, host more community events, and of course, have more room for kids to play.
While they were here they painted the 3rd house, varnished all our bunk beds, added a coat of paint to the outside of the 1st house, built a computer desk along one side of the library, and moved a lot of rocks and dirt to finish up a drainage project for us.
This is a quick video that a short-term missions group from Seacoast Church in South Carolina made after their time with us. It shows our English classes, library, and other ways that we reach out to these kids.