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With spring in full swing many things have occurred at Little Hands, Big Hearts in Trujillo.  While the 19-member team from the Southwest Church in Tigard, Oregon was there several projects were completed including building a pila (water cistern) for a Little Hands family, replacing a dilapidated roof for another Little Hands family with three special needs children, and working with the teens of the Limonal Church on cleaning and prepping the church building for visitors.  These two teen groups also enjoyed a rousing soccer match on a field near the beach, a time of swimming in the warm Caribbean Sea, a delicious dinner of hot dogs, potato salad, veggies, and watermelon, and closing with a wonderful devotional with both groups sharing in song and prayer.  The evening was capped off when two 15 year-old Honduran girls stepped out and expressed their desire to “put on Christ in baptism”.  It turned out that both of these teens had been attending the LHBH Neighborhood Children’s Bible Hour class since they were 3 years old.  They had heard the stories of changed lives and decided that they wanted to commit their lives to Jesus.  The new Little Hands outreach evangelist, Reynaldo Hernandez, took their confession and we all walked to the shore to witness the “burial” of these two young girls coming up out the water as “new sisters” in Christ.  Praise God for this mission team from Southwest who made their 5th trip to Trujillo.  Already another trip is being planned for spring 2015.

Many who have been to Trujillo know Norbentina, one of our three preschool teachers.  In February she was nominated to participate in a 3-year program of community leadership sponsored by The Leadership Center in Zambrano, Honduras.  She was selected as 1 of 18 young women to study at TLC.  While LH is sad to have her leave the preschool, we are proud that she was selected and hope that once she has completed the program she will return to LHBH and Trujillo to practice her new skills.  Her goal is to work part-time for LHBH and start a small business in Trujillo that her nieces can learn to run to make a living for their family.  We wish Norbentina all of God’s blessings in this new endeavor.  We also wish to thank the young adult Bible Class at the Southwest Church for agreeing to sponsor Norbentina’s personal and travel expenses.

Speaking of travel, we are happy to report that the Ezell Foundation of Nashville, Tennessee has made a third grant to Little Hands, Big Hearts.  This two-year grant of $18,350 will support the travel and training of two Honduran nurses at Clinica Esperanza in Roatan.  The first nurse, Blanca Rodriguez, has now been at Clinica Esperanza since March.  She is enjoying the experience, living with a local host family, and learning much about modern protocols for common childhood illnesses and diseases.  She will return to Trujillo in September and another nurse, Norma, will begin her 6 months of training in Roatan.  We wish to thank Peggy Stranges, RN, and administrator of Clinica Esperanza for her assistance in providing this advanced nurses training for our nurses.  When the two nurses are both back in Trujillo, it is our hope to open the Little Hands Health Center to serve our children and their siblings, as well as, provide health information and education to families living outside the Trujillo area.  We also wish to thank the Ezell family members who once again stepped out in faith to support this important new ministry of Little Hands, Big Hearts.

In closing, we ask all friends of Little Hands to keep several people in their prayers:  1.  Pray for Maybelline Rivera as she begins her second trimester of pregnancy.  2.  Pray for Yefrin Rodriguez as he completes his fourth and final year of study in legal studies.  He is now doing a 6-month internship.  3.  Pray for little Sofia (22 months) who will be undergoing her second surgery for spinal bifida.  The doctors in La Ceiba will be placing a shunt to drain fluid from her brain to prevent further swelling and possible retardation or blindness.    4.  Pray for Brenda and the teen group from the Leander,  Texas church who will be spending 12 days in Honduras.  Alan Gower, a former visitor to LHBH as an ACU student, is youth minister at Leander and leader of this group.  Pray also for Ken and Shannon Vielmette from Beaverton, Oregon who are taking their family to Trujillo to serve as the “host family” to this group.   Be watching your mail box for the summer issue of “What Happening in Honduras” newsletter due out in June.  If you are not on the mailing list but would like to receive the newsletter, send an email to TrujilloHearts@yahoo.com with your snail mail address.  May the Lord bless you as you seek to serve Him!   Mark and Brenda Young, Ambassadors to Honduras and Founders of LHBH

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