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Monday, October 28, 2013

Los Laureles and YOU

Look what arrived in the mail!

Janet Espinosa and many others regularly support the Jewelry School at the La Ceiba city dump community of Los Laureles.  Many people gather unwanted jewelry from their social clubs and Sunday School classes.  Others actually get on Ebay and Etsy and purchase individual jewels, beads, wire, etc. and send to AHMEN to send to the jewelry school.  The "Río de Agua Viva" team even goes down to work alongside jewelry teacher Peggie Hurlston and her students to teach basic English, communication, beading, and business skills.  Whatever way you can contribute, please do so.  This is a community, once approached, we cannot let down by creating dependency or guaranteeing failure.  They deserve the full love and compassion of which we are all capable.

Some ideas being tossed around that you can encourage include:

-Investing in Peggie's education

-Gathering a group of volunteers to learn how to make the paper bead jewelry of famous fair trade groups like BeadforLife

-Taking your "friendship bracelet" making skills down to Honduras to share with the students 

-Working directly with Dr. Ezekiel Nichols as part of the "brains" of the operation by ushering up supply chains and long-term goals

-Having your family learn to make a gem polisher and share the skills (including maintenance and repair) with the school at Los Laureles

-Having your mission team dedicate a portion of your time in Honduras to teach a basic business skills workshop

-Investing in the transportation costs of Peggie and her students as they attend ASI-Belaire

-Finding other organizations interested in collaborating at Los Laureles! 

-Simply taking a few hours out of your mission teams' schedules to share a prayer and purchase handmade items from the school

To learn more about AHMEN and our work with communities and organizations in Honduras, contact us here today!

Together, we are the difference.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Fall Report From ASI-Yorito!!

The Support Committee and Firefighter Team of Fall 2013's ASI-Yorito!


"Certificate in Integral Health" was developed with volunteers who work with various local organizations in Yorito, Honduras. Working together, we have worked hard to emphasize the importance of contributing to the well-being of the people, especially those in need. 

The course takes place from September 27 to September 29. This systematic program was developed by The Executive Committee and Dr. Byron Morales over a period of three years. The workshop was directed by firefighters of Yoro, under the command of Lieutenant Vallejo. All was executed satisfactorily, and all went as planned. 

Workshop Development

President of the Support Committee Jovel González, eloquently expressed words of welcome to all of the participants and introduced the team of firefighters. He briefly explained the purpose of the volunteer group and their intentions for being in Yoro, and concluded by inviting the volunteers to take advantage of the opportunity by asking questions. 

Jovel, on behalf of the Secretary of Health of Yoro, gave a brief review of general health concepts and the importance of these concepts to the lives of individuals, families, and society. He also highlighted the consequences that occur when the recommendations of health specialists are ignored.

He then ceded the floor to the firefighters, who touched upon topics related to first responders.


The firefighters employed a method called staggered rhythms. . They formed three working groups and in sequences, each subgroup took turns examining the first responder module. These themes included:

-Definition of First Responders

-How to react in an emergency and apply first response

-Bleeding and how to control it

-How to protect wounds 

-Breaks and fractures, and how to proceed

-Shock and how to help


Active participation of 98% of the participants during the first responder training. 14 volunteers from the local fire squad and "World Vision" experts joined us in the development of the workshop. 
Contribution by 40% in the contribution of quota agreed by the committee of L.30.00 support per

participant. Opening fire department to strengthen the subject of first aid developed long as workshop participants cover their fuel.


The material that was used for the development of the workshop support committee promised to print for given to each participant. The next date for the development of next module was agreed with Dr. Byron Morales that were subsequently communicated to participants as is being done at present.

The support committee to defray the cost of the next module will meet to plan and manage resources required to support the same and also the participants voluntarily provide the amount of L.30.00 per person.

 By: Fanny Aviles, Gloriayohana Gonzales, Melvin Lopez, & Yarela Velazquez

ASI trains local leaders to be the solution to their own community's health and economic issues.  To learn more, or to make a donation, contact me today!  

Together, we are the difference.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Itching to Do More

Good Morning Friends and Neighbors,

Don't be alarmed or rub it in ... I know how long it's been since my last blog post.  For those of you on my contact list, you know that a month between blogs is simply not a normal pattern for me.  In fact, it burns my britches!  When I think about the urgency of the messages I know I have to convey, I feel like I'm letting God and wo(man) down by not writing more often.

I am reminded of when my preacher Dr. Rev. Genia Garrett said that "God is waiting on us for miracles."  Looking through some Honduras pictures the other day I see that the youth of Honduras are actually "pushing" us to do more.

Get moving ... I'm growing up fast!

Poverty cannot wait to be resolved.  Injustice cannot wait to be corrected.  Hunger, malnutrition, preventable disease and subjugation by the minority fill the void when we do.

How can you take a stand?

October 27 come listen to Evelyn Castellar and Byron Morales speak about their work in Honduras.

November 3 at 1:30 PM at River of Living Water United Methodist Ministries in Jasper, Al attend a meeting for a team I will be leading with Dr. Tom Camp to Honduras next June 19-28.

November 9 from 10AM to 2PM attend a Team Leadership Training in order to discuss best practices with fellow AHMEN volunteers.

January 10-11, 2014 attend the AHMEN General Meeting to learn about and share the range of team activities and projects AHMEN supports in Honduras.

Honduras needs you.  AHMEN needs you.  God needs you.

For more information, please contact me directly or join our Facebook groups and Twitter.  Unite with AHMEN today!

Together, we are the difference.