Let me get the negative part out of the way first. I (Lowell) have been sick with some kind of bronchial problem for two weeks. If a person could cough their head off, I would have. I’m ready to be well. I’m on the mend but I told Robin the other day that I’ll be glad when I’m back to 100 percent. Robin got it too but she’s tougher than me so she’s recuperating a lot faster.
The team has tried to follow up on the new Christians who were baptized during the Baxter Institute campaign. The thing that most of you would have a hard time understanding is that practically no one here has an address. There is no postal service here, so I guess city planners never figured there was a need. I have noticed that some of the streets close to the office have street names but I wonder if anyone even knows they are named. So, when trying to find someone’s home the address is something like: Colonia Osorio, five blocks in front of the Continental Bank on the first road down from the Stop Light. That’s the address of our church building. Imagine trying to find the homes of new Christians with those kind of directions. Several of the team members have lived here for awhile so I think the follow-up is going well. We’re also trying to include everyone in the small groups that meet throughout the city.
Terry Reeves, who was at FH-U at the same time Robin and I were, has led short-term mission teams here to Honduras for several years. He brought his interns to Santa Rosa toward the end of their time in Honduras and they did a great job holding a VBS out at Los Angeles, one of the schools where the DESEO project is going on. They were really good. The kids were excited that the interns were all dressed up in clothes from Bible times. They used three days to teach about Saul/Paul, his conversion and some of his life. The group had great actors, great singers and a whole lot of enthusiasm. The kids loved it and it was another wonderful way to reach into one of the communities we continue to try to impact.
Between the Baxter campaign, the VBS and the work DESEO is doing in the schools we’ve had a pretty good impact in that area. Enough are coming that we have a bus running a route there for Sundays. I haven’t counted how many are riding the bus as we ride on a different one but there seems to be a good group coming from Los Angeles. Some of our long-time church members live out there, too, so having a bus come to their area is a real blessing. (You may be asking, “Where did they get the money for two buses? Phil Waldron is raising money constantly for the projects that go on here. Other than providing office space for me and a bus we can catch to church, it doesn’t help us directly. We still have to raise our own funds to pay our bills and hopefully, some day to get enough to buy a vehicle).
There were two more Lets Start Talking groups here in July. One was an older group and the other was two ladies and a group of teens. The first group had a basic English class that I taught for a week after they left and then when Robin returned from the States, she taught the next week. As soon as we finished there was another group here to continue the work. We suspended the Monday night classes as its hard to get the students to come to two things in one day. Their lives are busy. Most of them have jobs and see English as something that will help them advance in their careers. Our desire is still to reach them with the gospel. That became even more clear to us when one of the students, a man around my age, was found shot to death one night. One never knows when this life will end and it just reminds us of the importance of sharing the gospel with people when we have the chance. And no, we have no idea who killed him or why. One of the teen girls had ‘read’ with him that day and she and the rest of the group were pretty disheartened that this happened to someone they had grown to know and like. We’ll start the Monday night classes back up when the present group leaves with a renewed determination to reach them with the gospel.
Every missionary longs for his sponsoring church and his supporters to visit him or her on the field. Toward the middle of July seven people from Wilkesboro, our sponsoring church, made a trip here to hold some eyeglass brigades. They were probably a little surprised at what Donna had in store for them but I think everyone enjoyed the trip. I’ve mentioned that the commanding officer of the local army battalion has supplied us with military transport vehicles and soldiers when we go out for medical and dental brigades. This has been a big help to us and we wanted to help them in some way, so we and the Wilkesboro group plus three folks from Georgia traveled to two battalions and checked their eyes and fitted those who needed them with glasses. We even got to eat in the officer’s quarters at one place.
The next two days we rode the bus for about an hour to Flor de Copán. There is a new church plant there and we wanted the community to know that the Church of Christ cares about them. We held an eyeglass brigade in a local school and had lots of people come through including students of the schools in town. One thing that was funny was that the students were typically disappointed if they did not need glasses. I guess they thought it was cool to be able to wear a pair. It was a joy, though to all of us to see some of the older folks get excited because they were going to be able to read their Bibles again. That’s what its about.
Wilkesboro and the Georgians ended their trip with a visit to the Mayan Copán Ruins. I went with them. Several of the groups had been there through the summer but I had never gone. It was an interesting tour and an encouragement to know that we serve a loving, patient, sensible God who loved us enough to send his son to die for us. A great ending to a great summer.
Notes from Robin –
Jacob and I went to the States especially for him to be able to go to Carolina Bible Camp – it was an agreement we had made with Jake before moving to Honduras – that he could continue the summer tradition of camp and then a week in Virginia with his best buds. It turned out that I went as well and spent time with all 3 of our ‘big kids’ – it was a needed and blessed time for each of us. I additionally got some business items taken care of that can only be done ‘face-to-face’. We are ‘back in the saddle’ as far as life in Santa Rosa. I am finally feeling better, Jacob starts back into school really soon, and our lives are filled with blessings of the work here.
– Lowell, Robin and Jacob White
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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.
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