September was a time of re-adjustment. We did a lot of adjusting to make ourselves useful in Santa Ana, then in a whirlwind, we made the move to Santa Rosa de Copán. We only saw two houses in SRC on our visit that were for rent. One was much too small, the other was bigger than what we thought we needed. It turns out we made a good decision by choosing the larger one as we now have an intern who will be using one of the bedrooms for the next two months. In November we hope to have the rest of his family here with us. And if God is good to us, we will have some of you who read this come and visit. You don’t, of course, have to stay with us. There is a hotel in town the Waldrons have used when groups come for short-term mission trips. But we just want you to know you are welcome.
Two of the things that have been big adjustments are the amount of activity going on with the church and the way we get to each activity. We don’t have a vehicle to use here as we did in Santa Ana so we are learning our way around. It’s about a twenty minute walk to the church building. There is a church bus that runs for some of the activities. So we are able to make a twelve minute walk and catch the bus. The only problem is when its raining. We were quite a sight the other night as Jacob and I had umbrellas and Robin had a hooded blue rain coat and polka dotted rain boots. We did get stared at a little but we are used to that after having lived in Nigeria.
The neatest thing going on at our house is our Friday night Bible studies. We’ve had four so far. We had nine people here the first time and the second time we had eleven adults and three children. The third time there were fourteen adults and three children. The fourth time there were twelve adults and two children. We’ve invited other neighbors and we’re pretty confident some will come but they have to get over their shyness I guess. I (Lowell) am teaching the class. Selvin, one of the young men who attends, is good about helping me correctly pronounce Spanish words. One or two of the C.R.E.O. students have been here each time as well. Fortunately they and Selvin can lead the Spanish songs. We usually sing a couple in English just because they like to hear them. We are all looking forward to seeing new Christians born out of these studies.
I was able to sit in on an inspiring meeting recently. There are three couples here who are taking the lead to be legally married. I mentioned in our previous newsletter what a cultural difficulty it is to get couples to make that important commitment to each other before God. All the team members along with some of the members joined together in a day of fasting and prayer (and a 2nd day recently). We met together at the church building and sang and prayed for over an hour. Not long after this three couples made the decision to be legally married. Later another couple joined them. The meeting I sat in on was a time of planning and setting of a date for the big day. More on this next month but note this quote from Mission Upreach’s newsletter: “Looks like we will be having a joint wedding for four couples who have decided to legalize their union and please God on October 26th. This resulted after much fasting and prayer by the church in Santa Rosa. Just got word that 6 or 7 more will do the same in our church plant in El Porvenir. God is good!”
Before we made our move here we knew that the son of some friends of ours at the Wilkesboro Church of Christ wanted to come here and work for a couple months. Daniel is the son of Dale and Michelle Isom. Dale is one of the elders at our sponsoring congregation. Daniel has fit right into the family. He and Jacob hit it off instantly and they are doing lots of things together – even playing soccer with the Hondurans. Daniel will be involved in a variety of things while here. He is a sort of guinea pig for us as we’ve not had an intern before. The Waldrons have, so they are helping us. Daniel will be rebuilding our web site, working with the children and youth at the church and helping everyone sing better as he has a lot of experience in chorus and leading singing.
One of our main projects has begun. Our plan is to produce a series of classes that will encourage the young people in Honduras to make the decision to remain sexually pure until they marry. Robin and I are reviewing some videos that have been used in the States. We will outline the messages, then have them translated into Spanish. Next we’ll brainstorm ways to make them better and consider the best way to present them to this culture. We have a good team here and hope to get these onto video so they can be distributed to other congregations throughout Honduras. Part of the package will be a series of lessons to help the parents communicate with their children especially in the area of sexual purity. This is a tremendous amount of work. It needs to be done while Harrison, the Waldron’s son, is here because he is our “producer/technical guy.” He’ll be off to university next year so we have to get things moving fast.
Another project is one to help the marriages that already exist become better ones. First on our list is to begin meeting with the couples mentioned above who are to be wed in October. We will invite them to our home for a time of fellowship and fun, then teach them some important lessons that married couples need to know. We’ll be using some material by Gary Smalley that fortunately is already translated into Spanish.
A third project is similar to the first one above but will concentrate on helping married couples improve their marriages. We want to create lessons with a Honduran “flavor” that will appeal to the people here and help their marriages improve. The fourth project has to do with helping marriages that are in a crisis – in danger of ending. We have some good resources for all of this but if any of you have suggestions please send us an e-mail. We are always open to good ideas.
Robin had her first speaking engagement last Thursday night as she spoke (in Spanish) to the ladies. According to some of the ladies, she did great. I told one sister she’ll do even better once she can speak Spanish better.
Our wish list (I thought I would include this here so you would know our needs): another $1000/ month support, a vehicle, $3,200 for our 5 year residency papers which would keep us from having to travel out of the country every four months and some Dr. Scholl’s gel insoles for our shoes until we get the vehicle. I’m just kidding about the insoles. Probably the most important of these is the money for residency papers. This is the best price we’ve seen on this and we need to jump on it before it goes up.
May God continue to bless each of you as you seek for and find the will of God for your life,
– Lowell, Robin and Jacob White
Our phone number: 011-504-3341-5864 (Lowell’s cell)
Remember to send any contributions to:
Wilkesboro Church of Christ
P.O. Box 81
Wilkesboro, NC 28697-0081
Make the check out to Wilkesboro Church of Christ, put Honduras on the “for” line on your check and enclose a note that it’s for the Lowell White family.
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. (2 Corinthians 4:6-7)