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Whites End of Year 2011 Honduras Newsletter

We praise God and lift you up in Thanksgiving for allowing us to have another great year here in Honduras!

2011 was full to the brim with wonderful work in God’s kingdom – it was indeed, a very good year. We started the year in the US and enjoyed visiting not only our precious family but also, most of the congregations and people who support us here. We loved the fellowship of God’s family and as a special bonus, got to enjoy at least 3 hefty, beautiful snowfalls! We knew we had to raise additional support in order to come back to Santa Rosa to continue our work here – at the 11th hour this was accomplished and we were able to return!

We arrived back to full-scale busyness in January with first an area-wide preachers’ meeting and then the first medical brigade. The folks from V-COM University in Virginia had everything planned out. They’ve done medical clinics before and knew what they were doing. The month ended with a great seminar on Conflict Resolution.

In February we had a wonderful church bonfire up on a mountain near our house and were also able to attend a wedding in San Marcos for a couple dear to the church here. Our house stayed pretty busy with young people coming over and the usual small group meetings. We ended the month with a 4-day medical/dental/vision clinic – hundreds of people were blessed in this mountain village of Yarushin with many people walked in from the countryside – the love of Jesus was overflowing!

March was busy again with youth gatherings, small group and the newly marrieds meeting at the house but also, there was a very productive church planting seminar that was conducted by brothers René Rosa and Joshué Molina. Wonderful spiritual growth was evident in our local congregation and the fathers were honored in a Father’s Day program put on by the children – it was precious! We also had our first Let’s Start Talking team of teachers come in – what a terrific ministry!

In April, Angie and Karol started the D.E.S.E.O. program (teaching values and principles and basic good health) at 3 of the local elementary schools; Jeremias, Harrison, Lowell, Jorge or Jose usually start the day with a joint devotional for the kiddos. We witnessed 25 graduates from the L.S.T. Program – and a good number of these continued into a Monday night Bible study conducted in English. The month ended with Jake attending a congregational encampment – fun for all ages! Lowell and Robin spent four days meeting with some brothers and sisters in 3 different congregations in the San Pedro Sula area with Bob and Leah Davis and Nathaniel Green. It was good to hear the various things these churches are doing in their communities and its always great to make new friends – Gringos and Hondurans.

May began with a 4-day regional conference pretty much conducted by René and Joshué. The themes centered around the church opening her eyes and heart to its community and begin making an impact on the social and cultural ills in this country. Lowell was responsible for some of the morning devotionals in local schools, besides preaching at Santa Rosa once for the congregation. Also, 21 ladies came to our house for a great ladies study plus. There was a wonderful Mothers’ Day celebration to honor the ladies of the church. Our crowds were getting larger at our services (up to 192) so there was a day for an ‘usher workshop’ and in addition, a good number of our men were able to attend the Lectureship at Baxter Institute.

April into May saw Lilian Molina and Robin conducting sewing classes “Cosiendo Para Cristo”. During the 5 weeks we studied some great Bible lessons and each of the 6 girls made a dress for themselves, and an additional 3 were made for neighborhood children.

June began with two different planning sessions with the youth of the church – there are great activities in store for them. Lowell was put in charge of and began an educational program with the men teaching the children on our Tuesday evenings. There was a second congregational bonfire that turned into a deluge. It was fun while it lasted. Folks came from W. Virginia and Colorado giving new glasses to kids who need them at the schools where DESEO is taught. The month ended with over 900 people in La Jigua being served by a group from Ft. Worth.

Robin and Jake were in the States for a month June 18 – July 18 with Jake being able to attend Carolina Bible Camp and spend time in VA with friends. Robin was able to enjoy time with all 3 big kids and families. Mean-while, Lowell stayed busy with brigades with medical students from VCOM (Virginia). Baxter students came and held an evangelistic campaign. A good number of brothers and sisters were added to the Body.

Life on the mission field is filled with ups and downs and sometimes – at the very same time they are moments of excellence intertwined with times of grief and sadness – June was such a time … we learned of the death of Lowell’s brother, Wendell.

July saw Terry Reeves’ TORCH intern group conducting a great VBS and too, our sponsoring church from Wilkesboro along with a group from Burnt Hickory, Georgia came down to join us in an eyeglasses clinic – what a terrific, blessed time! Near the end of the month, 21 men met for an all-day, week-long “boot-camp” course in the Bible. Another way to prepare men to be leaders in their respective congregations. There were also two more Lets Start Talking groups here in July.

August saw Lowell continuing with morning devotionals. We had a church building dedication ceremony in Las Crucitas. Lowell and Josue had some good studies in Ojo de Agua, a future church plant. There were five couples who had a ceremony to legalize their marriages – very beautiful and meaningful! And Glorisel, a student from the LST ministry, was baptized. Robin had a group of 14 ladies into the home for a wonderful study/workshop on prayer.

In September we helped paint the building in Yarushin with others on the team and some of the members from there – it was a fun day! Continued with Bible studies here and there and the youth group was able to attend the annual Youth Conference at Baxter Institute. Also, a new LST group came in continuing that good work.

October was a busy month with our regular activities, Lowell helping with home Bible studies in the neighboring villages and busy too, with getting our 90 day extensions – Robin and Jake to El Salvador and Lowell to Guatemala. It was Jake’s birthday month – the big 18 – and we also did an over-night trip to San Pedro Sula for him to be able to take the ACT exam.

November began with a three-day seminar on HIV/AIDS. Lots of information given to about twenty-two of the preachers and leaders of churches of Christ in western Honduras. Mid-month, the church had an amazing youth retreat … we had a guest speaker come in from Mexico with his family; the time was filled with the best of all that could have been hoped for. Great singing, prayers, excellent lessons – tears, laughter, and newly made convictions. The best part – 8 new Christian brothers and sisters!

We started our December with twenty-seven men who came for 6 1/2 days of intensive study on the Sermon on the Mount – Matthew 5 – 7 – they left refreshed, renewed and with enough material for a year’s worth of lessons and sermons! Went straight into a week-long fabulous Upward Basketball Clinic put on by some men from the States – Lowell had a blast helping with that! Robin had weekly holiday crafts for the kids in our neighborhood and had so much fun they want to continue it on an on-going basis with 7-8 boys and girls. Had a nice Christmas Eve get-together at church. Kids sang some songs, adults put on a play and about 225 of us ate chicken, rice and salad. The 3 of us headed to Belize for our 90-day extensions and enjoyed a few delightful days coming back in time for bringing in the New Year here at home.

Wow! It was indeed a full, rewarding year’s work for the Lord. Please continue to pray for all the new Christians, for the various ministries that are touching and changing so many lives and for our part in all of it.

We are grateful to each of you for your prayers and financial support. We pray for each of you as well, that the Father will shower you with blessings, and adventure during this new year of 2012!

– Lowell, Robin and Jacob White

 

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July 2011 Newsletter

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.

Two Baxter Married Couples with Lowell

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.

Paul and the Jailer

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.

Eating Lunch at the Officer's Mess Hall

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.

Little Girl Excited about Her New Glasses

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 Group at the Mayan Copán Ruins

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

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. – You can still see updates and sometimes pictures posted on our fan page on Facebook. Just search for ROAD TO HONDURAS and that should bring up our page. God bless.

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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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March 2011 Newsletter

The newsletter is a little different this month. In order to let you see what we are working on, I am including the latest work that we’ve done with Joshúa here in Santa Rosa de Copán. This is a draft of the kinds of ideas we are coming up with to accomplish what God desires of the families in Honduras.

Construjendo Familias Fuertes (CFF)

Building Strong Families

Goal: Build strong families by preparing young people for future marriage and strengthen existing marriages by helping couples be successful marriage partners and great parents.

Results:

Teach youth to prepare for a successful future marriage by abstaining from sexual relations until marriage and teaching them to search for a godly spouse.

Rescue troubled marriages, make good marriages even better and teach new couples how to build a strong marriage.

Develop strong families by teaching parenting skills in order to raise up children who follow God’s way and by developing relational skills to model the life of Jesus for each other.

Products:

  1. Youth
    1. Youth who maintain their chastity and purity before God.
    2. Youth who are prepared integrally for their future marriage before God.
  2. Marriage
    1. Couples who are sufficiently prepared emotionally and spiritually for a legal marriage.
    2. Couples who continually better their marriage.
    3. Couples with broken marriages who will commit again to their marriage vows.
  3. Families
    1. Families who model what a Christ-centered family should be.

      Parents who have the skills to bring up their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

      Children who obey their parents in the Lord, respect their elders and honor God.

Activities:

  1. Youth
    1. Video series on sexual abstinence.
    2. Classes in church gatherings
      1. Chastity
      2. Preparation for marriage
    3. Classes during youth rallies.
    4. Classes for parents to help youth say “no” to sexual pressure.
  2. Marriage
    1. Pre-marital counseling for couples.
    2. Wedding arrangements for couples to wed.
      1. Legal documents
      2. Place for wedding
      3. Reception
    3. Marriage retreats for (legally) married couples.
    4. Marriage conferences to strengthen marriages.
    5. Classes for specific areas of marriage.
      1. Finances
      2. Communication
      3. Parenting
      4. Extended family
      5. Sex – a Gift From God
      6. Following Jesus
      7. Male Spritual Leadership
    6. Retrouvaille program
    7. Divorce Busters (Michelle Weiner Davis program)
  3. Families
    1. S.T.E.P. (for parents of children 6-12 years old.)
      1. For church members
      2. Use as outreach
    2. Family retreats with classes
    3. Sermons
    4. Conferences
    5. Classes

Basic necesities:

  1. Place for private counseling

  2. Place for public teaching

  3. Projector

  4. Drama team

  5. Couples trained to lead or participate in conferences and retreats

  6. Place to hold retreats

  7. Place to hold conferences

Pray for us as we continue to work out the details of each of these and other programs to further the cause of Christ in this country.

– 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.

 

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Whites Honduras Newsletter February 2011

One year and counting!

We arrived in Honduras a year ago in February. What have we accomplished and what does the future hold? Let’s look back on the year and see. Let me mention, first of all, that nothing would have been accomplished had you not partnered with us in the work here. Thank you for the sacrifices you made to make our stay here possible.

We began our work in Santa Ana not really knowing what we would be doing particularly especially when short-term mission groups weren’t around. This pretty much continued the whole time we were there as we rarely knew what the next day would involve until it arrived. Robin made a place for herself at the children’s home and helped out there until the arrival of another worker from the States and then she was needed less and found other things to do. Jacob and I showed up where we were asked to go and did what we could to help. Once the missions groups started arriving we were on the go seven days a week helping them. Throughout our time in Santa Ana we helped build over forty wood “houses” and three block ones. We mixed lots of concrete for the little soccer field at the children’s home and more for those block houses I mentioned. We were at the city dump feeding people almost every Wednesday whether there were mission groups there or not. We helped distribute food, clothing and assisted during medical clinics. Robin was involved in most of this as well (except for mixing concrete) despite the fact that she was sick for several weeks. She also led most of the groups to the children’s hospital. Which may have been where she picked up the bug that made her lose thirty pounds.

We met some great people during the summer. One of the sad things about moving to Santa Rosa de Copán was knowing that we would not likely see any of those folks again. We also hated saying goodbye to the children at Casa de Esperanza and other friends we had made in the church in Santa Ana. But we just weren’t satisfied with what we were doing there and so, we moved west.

Since we’ve moved here we have made more friends. We continue to have a Bible study in our home each Friday night. Last Friday we had two new young ladies who attended. I struggle through the lesson with my Spanish and they all continue to be patient with me. Selvin helps a lot and there is always good discussion during the lessons. Saturday nights have been a little harder to get cranked up again. All the newly married couples have work, kids and family to keep them busy and sometimes its hard to get them to break away and come. Hopefully, we’ll get everyone coming soon. Selvin, Julie, Elder and Brenda were there last Saturday night and all of us had a good study and time of fellowship.

One of the brigades the team will host this year was here in February. Thirty-seven people from Longview, Texas held a four-day medical/dental/eyeglass clinic. We saw 781 people from four or five villages, lots of teeth were pulled and a whole lot of people can now see more clearly. Plus, a bunch of kids are happier because there were sunglasses to be given away. The entire team worked well together. The military loaned us a troop carrier vehicle to use plus five soldiers were with us the entire time just to make sure there were no problems. I noticed that each of the soldiers gathered around as we began each day with songs and prayers. It was exhausting work but very satisfying that so many were helped. The evangelism team (made up our Honduran team members and CREO men) worked both with those who came to the clinic and in the village where the clinic was set up. There was another part of the team working on construction on a church building as well. They were able to build the foundation and erect some of the support columns. There is still lots of work to be done on that but it will progress through the year. There are at least three more brigades scheduled to come in the summer.

Our project for the youth dealing with sexual abstinence/lives of purity is coming along and is so needed. One of the things that continues to bother Robin and me is the realization that, at any time, one of our young girls who is in the church or is attending our Bible studies could show up pregnant. We had a long conversation last night with one of the couples on the team and it lays heavy on their hearts as well. I know this is the same concern every youth minister, elder, preacher and their wives has and all I can do is ask that you continue to pray for us that we are able to change lives before this happens. And if anyone has any ideas that will help us reach them, please share.

We are still working on planning different things to do to strengthen families. We want to build strong families by preparing young people for future marriage and strengthen present marriages by helping couples be successful marriage partners and great parents. That’s our theme. We’ll soon begin a series of sermons about elders/shepherds and deacons. It doesn’t take much thought to realize that what I discussed above and finding men to serve as deacons and shepherds ties in closely with one another. Shepherds can’t be chosen to shepherd a church if they haven’t shown the ability to shepherd their own family.

Jacob continues to be busy with the young people. There is a small group of them who come over every other Wednesday night. Although by the noise they make one wouldn’t think it was small. He plays soccer on a minifield every Monday night with church members. He’s even scored some goals lately. He is trying to catch up on his homeschooling and his Spanish continues to improve at a rapid pace.

Robin is working on her blogs again. You ladies need to follow her writings. She does a great job and is very uplifting in her musings. Here’s one of them: http://roadtoabundance.net/

Our wish list (I thought I would include this here so you would know our needs): $900.00 to pay for Jacob’s trip to the ER when we were in the States (his temp was 105).

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: 011-504-9491-6485 (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.

I preached last Sunday and used as my opening text this verse: There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1 ESV)

P.S. There were over twenty visitors at the most recent Sunday worship. Most were from the Friday night studies.

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Whites Honduras Newsletter January 2011

Bring in the New!

Our new year started off in the States. It was a multipurpose trip and we must say that it was successful on all counts!

  • We enjoyed quality time with children, granddaughters, and family. Our three big kids sacrificed time and money to arrange their schedules to come to NC so we could all be together for a little over a week. The Rawleys opened their home and hearts to us for a ‘home-base’ for which we are very grateful.
  • We experienced precious moments with our church families at Yadkinville, Piedmont, Wilkesboro, and Archdale. We were surrounded by brothers and sisters in the Lord’s family with genuine interest in us and our work here. We were able to tell stories, answer questions, be prayed over and most of all be loved in the Lord.
  • We were blessed by all of you in raising much of the necessary funds to extend our work here in Santa Rosa. We were given the gift of trust and confidence by those of you who are taking an active part monetarily in our work here. We are so humbled and grateful and look forward to being accountable to how this support is used.
  • We loved being in the thick of winter and got to experience the best of snowfalls – more than once! The weather is mild and temperate here in Santa Rosa – we love it but, it was great getting a taste of real winter and at least for a little while seeing God’s beauty in the changing seasons. We even delighted in a day of sledding with all the kids!
  • We were blessed with traveling mercies in every way and we praise God for his love and protection.

The second half of January saw us settling back into our home and the crazy, wonderful busyness of our life here began immediately!

  • Lowell is in the middle of his projects, was able to be a part of 3 great meetings – the first with the local church, then the area-wide congregational planning meeting, and finally the Mission Upreach team and it looks like a wonderful year of the Lord for this area of Occidente!
  • Jacob got right back into his school work, started hanging out with friends – here at the house and of course, futbol (soccer) in the park. Also, youth nights at the church building are every Saturday. A good group came over Wednesday for popcorn and Wii.
  • Our home has had people coming and going and that means the usual for Robin – making them feel at home with coffee, cookies or whatever is on hand. When someone comes to your home you prepare to relax because they’ve come to stay for awhile. The cake she made last Monday came in handy a few times plus she baked cookies for six of the neighborhood girls that came over to spend an afternoon.
  • Then together, we have started painting our extra rooms – a bedroom and a bathroom – anticipating guests! Also, we got to help clean the building Sunday morning – that was very special because two of our older sisters in the church, Olympia 1 and Olympia 2, were there to help and they were an absolute inspiration to be around. Then too, we got to be a part of the medical brigade at La Lima where a church was newly planted. We rode the bus with our teammates and the Honduras translators and the whole day was great. (6:30 am – 5:30 when we finally got home.) A couple of hundred people were seen by doctors. We also attended a three day seminar on “Conflict Resolution” taught by Fernando Nesmyth. It was offered by the church as an outreach to our community.

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Lowell’s thoughts: I asked Robin to write the newsletter this month. Sometimes she has a better and/or different perspective on things. This year is going to be a very busy one. The Friday night small groups are starting back up as are the disciples classes on Thursday nights and the Saturday night get-together’s at our house with the newly married couples. There is a medical brigade getting ready to come later this month. I rode a couple of hours away last week with three members of the team to meet with a couple of preachers in the area. It was a difficult meeting but needed to be done. Not all is nice weather and roses unfortunately.

The church in Santa Rosa continues to be an inspiration. We have another good song leader that has joined the team. Jose is one of those guys who can sing bass, tenor or the lead equally well. Another family moved in who are alumni of Baxter Institute. We continue to meet neighbors and are always hopeful that they will soon be brothers and sisters in the church. I go for walks around town and inevitably see members of the church. Two sisters from the church sell whatever fruit is in season out of the back of a truck so I usually buy something from them.

Our prayer is that the Lord will bless each of you in this new year. We could not continue this work without you. And we know that you cannot continue to help us unless you are blessed with prosperity. So, our prayers may be a little selfish but we’ll continue to pray anyway. May 2011 be one of the best years ever. Who knows, it may be the year God tells Jesus, “Its time, go gather them all home.”

Our wish list (I thought I would include this here so you would know our needs): More monthly supporters.

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: 011-504-9491-6485 (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.

Just be sure you live as God’s people in a way that honors the Good News of Christ. Then if I come and visit you or if I am away from you, I will hear good things about you. I will know that you stand together with the same purpose and that you work together like a team to help others believe the Good News.

(Philippians 1:27 ERV)

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Adjustments – September Newsletter

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)

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