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Monthly Update (September 2014) from Little Hands in Honduras by Mark and Brenda Young

As we moved through September planning became the buzz word as we met with Yefrin and Maybelline to review 2014 and make plans for 2015. Next year will be a banner year for LHBH as our 15th year as an organization and our 13th year of operation in Trujillo. Erika, one of our preschool teachers, was our original trabajadora in Trujillo. We paid for her high school education and now she will complete her requirements for University graduation. It took her 8 years of going part-time but she was persistent and will graduate after she completes her three-month practicum in the spring. In the meantime, she got married and had a son, Joe, who is now in first grade. Yefrin, our director, has been attending law school part-time for the last four years and will complete his internship next spring and graduate in June. We also hope to have our “grand opening” of the Little Hands Health Center next June. So if you want to celebrate with us, June 2015 will be the month to be at Little Hands, Big Hearts.

This month Blanca, our nurse completed her six-months of advanced nurses training at the Clinica Esperanza in Roatan. We are glad she is back and will be helping us prepare to open the new Health Center. Next month our other nurse, Norma, will begin her six-months of training and return next spring to help Blanca better serve our children and families at LHBH. We will have an expanded Medical Brigade coming to Trujillo in late June. If you or an interested health professional wants to join this brigade, contact Dr. Amber Figueroa, who is the LH Medical Director. She can be reached via email at anfigueroa22@gmail.com. This group will conduct four rural health clinics and see over 700 patients in four days. We appreciate the commitment and dedication of these health professionals who will be working with our two nurses.

We want to also thank the seven physical and occupational therapists who came from the Dallas area to help our teachers and serve our children in the developmental preschool. Several had been here two years ago and were so impressed with how well the teachers have been doing in conducting regular physical therapy with the children. During their week at Little Hands they treated more than 20 children and visited another dozen in their homes. They also built a pila (water cistern) for one of our LH families and put on a tin roof for another. We appreciate these professionals taking time off work to come improve the lives of our children and their families.

Many of you know that each September our church teens travel the long 10-hour trip by bus to Tegucigalpa to attend the Central American Youth Encounter held at the Baxter Bible Institute. This year 16 teens and 6 adults made the trip and experienced a spiritual feast of singing, teaching, and activities. They have now returned invigorated and ready to work harder for the Lord. We thank our many friends who supported this activity. It was money “invested” in the spiritual health of these young people. Praise God for their fervor for the Lord!

We close by asking you to be in prayer for 43 of our ladies from the 5 congregations in Trujillo who will be taking a bus across the country to La Esperanza to attend the annual Christian Women’s Retreat on October 3-5. Last year our ladies hosted it in Trujillo and over 630 people attended.

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