April/May 2011 Newsletter

When I think that June and July are going to be busy with brigades coming and going I get overwhelmed. We’ve been busy without any brigades here. Brigades are great though. We look forward to working with the folks that come down from the USA to help the people here by providing medical and dental services and providing eyeglasses for those who need them.

Some of you have heard of Let’s Start Talking. We had two retired couples who came in March /April to teach English classes using the Bible. That’s what LST does. There were 29 students who graduated from the classes and we are continuing to follow up with them. I (Lowell) called each of them this past week-end to invite them to a Bible study we’ll be having on Monday nights. It will be in English and will help them with the language and since we’ll be using the Bible we’ll be teaching them the gospel as well. Several of them had some nice comments for the LST teachers that they really enjoyed studying the Bible and learning English at the same time. We’re hoping they will find our Monday night classes helpful, too. There are two or three more groups of LST teachers coming in the next three months so hopefully this will continue to grow.

Graduates of LST course

LST graduates show off their certificates

I had an opportunity to preach in April. I gave the lesson in English and René Rosa translated. This also is an encouragement for the folks who are learning English as it gives them more practice listening and then the translation helps them. I’m scheduled to preach again in June. I hope several of them will come.

Robin, Jacob and I traveled out of the country in mid May. It was a lot easier than our trip to Belize last year. We just got on a bus here in Santa Rosa de Copán, rode for two hours to the border, walked across into El Salvador, hopped on another bus for ten minutes and arrived in San Ignacio. Then we walked ten minutes to a hotel/resort and stayed for two days. When we returned we had another 90 days permission to stay in Honduras. Doesn’t that sound easy? You can read more and see some pictures later on this blog.

the heavens declare

Watching the sunset in San Ignacio, El Salvador

The congregation had a retreat planned for the week of Semana Santa (Easter week). Robin and I didn’t go because we were asked to help with a couple who had come from a S.C. church to visit some preachers they were supporting. Bob and Leah Davis were a joy to be around as was Nathaniel, who was with them. We were able to visit three families with them in three different locations close to San Pedro Sula, the largest city in our area. We also met the new couple who just started working with one of the congregations. These families are committed to the cause of Christ even though they live in some pretty difficult situations. One congregation has lost three church members recently from violent crime. One of the daughter’s of one of the preachers was accosted on her way home from school but escaped. Another of the preachers runs a bus ministry and picks up 40 – 50 neighborhood kids and brings them to church. They bring problems with them but he and his family are committed to changing their lives for the better.  Click here to read more.

Our team held a two-day seminar for the leaders of the Occidente region in which we live. We were also asked to teach two classes at the lectureship at Baxter Institute in Tegucigalpa. Both were well attended and there were great comments during and after the classes. René and Josúe did most of the teaching. Their teamwork is incredible to watch. There is always a lot of action going on in their classes. No one has an opportunity to get sleepy. And the way they include everyone in discussion makes for a much better class than just hearing a lecture.

Lowell directing the Zacchaeus story.

Lowell directs Zacchaeus as he climbs the "tree" to see Jesus

Another of my opportunities I’d like to mention is going with Angie and Karol to one of the elementary schools where I started the school day with a devotional. Angie and Karol teach a program called DESEO at four different schools. Their goal is to teach the children to grow physically, mentally and spiritually. We men on the team take turns teaching a devotional before the children start classes. I was given the character Zacchaeus. I had a script and got the children to act out the story. We had fun with it. I made the point that Jesus can change our lives as he did Zacchaeus’. The secondary point was that he may have been a “wee, little man” because he didn’t eat right when he was a child. Angie and Karol then used that to teach their classes on nutrition. I’m not sure how much the kids learned though. I noticed when they had recess a lot of them went and bought chips and pop (Coke for you southerners). Angie and Karol do a great job. Parents are asking the teachers at school why their kids are now praying at home before meals. Little by little they are learning.

I have been put in charge of Tuesday night Bible study for the children. Our goal is to get the men of the congregation involved in teaching the kids as we usually leave this to the women. We’ve had some training sessions so far and the first group of men will start this Tuesday night. We are using the same curriculum as the DESEO program uses. We figure these kids at church need to learn the same things. The other thing we are trying to accomplish is to get positive, Christian male figures into the lives of the children. Many of them live in families where the dad has abandoned them.

Notes from Robin

I stay busy with the regular activities in our home and with Jacob finishing up his Junior year of high school. We continue with the Friday and Saturday evening Bible studies and the random group of young people, also, different ones come over for meals. I am on the May schedule to teach in our Sunday school – I work as co-teacher with the 5 – 7th grades. Last Sunday there were 24 students in this class!

We’ve added a Thursday afternoon activity. For the month of May Liliana Molina and I are teaching sewing classes to neighborhood girls. The course is called “Sewing For Christ” and the time begins with a lesson from the Bible and moves into how to sew. We meet from 2 until 5 in the afternoon. The sewing class will continue after this course (designed with 4 classes) but with older girls next time. Also, May 7thsaw 18 ladies from the congregation gathered at our home for an evening of study, fellowship, and fun. This was the initiation of a new program that will carry the ladies through the year with a quarterly class to touch base – something like “Secret Sisters” but there are no secrets … just new buddies. I am also working on a series of Bible lessons for women and the children in our sewing class. A young lady from the congregation, Dineth, helps me with translation and Zonia Rosa helps me with the final editing. This is proving to be quite a job but very rewarding. You can read more about these activities in our blog later as Robin posts them.

Cutting out dress patterns

Lili and Cecilia help Diana cut out a dress pattern

– Lowell, Robin and Jacob White

Our phone number: 011-504-9491-6485 (Lowell’s cell) 615-752-2986 (MagicJack number)

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. Also, tell us if its for something particular.

P.S. If you would like to help Jacob attend Carolina Bible Camp this June please contribute as above. If there is enough money, Robin will go with him to visit our grandchildren and children.

Jacob and a tree

Jacob under a tree in El Salvador

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One response to “April/May 2011 Newsletter

  1. Cheryl Buchanan Judd

    Robin, I love the sewing picture!! This is so inspiring to see what you are doing in Honduras. Our sewing project at Rising Fawn and now Trenton continues and is expanding. Several women have donated material and quilt scraps. Larry and I will be going to Christian Training Service at Freed-Hardeman in July and I plan to have a display table and would like to display some of your pictures. Please keep posting what you are doing with it. The girls in your pictures are precious.
    Cheryl

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