On this stormy Friday I sit on top of my freshly made bed. Below me are three quilts that two of my grandmothers made for me over the years. On bottom is the last quilt my Momma Dot ever made, and layered on top are two Meno quilts. They bring me warmth. They bring me comfort. They bring me love. Most of all, however, they remind me of the generations before me who worked hard to get me to where I am today: a BA and MA degree holder, a teacher, and a missionary. With a reported threat of twisters and hailing balls of ice in the sky I consider the fortunes of some of my Honduran brethren. Do they have people that love them? Yes, of course they do, but can those loved ones provide the same opportunities with which I have been blessed? No.
|Nelson is a 6th grader. He wants to be a teacher.|
That is why the AHMEN-SIFAT Initiative is so important. The 3-year community development workshop offers a quality education in critical thinking, integral health, nutrition, self-motivation, appropriate technology, and a means to train as the future leaders of Honduras. They comprise a partnership with Honduran families and a pathway toward being able to manifest their own destinies. Will you please join me in a monthly donation to ASI today so that over 120 community agents may positively transform the social, political, and economic landscape of Honduras unto the 7th generation? There, really is, no time to waste.
|ASI-Jutiapa February 2014 Workshop|
What goes on at the three ASI workshops in Cusuna, Jutiapa, and Yorito? Well, check AHMEN's YouTube to learn more about Cusuna. Read this blog for info from Yorito's chief community agent, and continue reading for a look into Jutiapa.
Forty-five promoters currently attend ASI-Jutiapa. Some of them, not all, are in the pictures below. Most, not all, of them live in the area. They are highly motivated. Some even skip a chance to earn money working in order to walk for hours just to quench a deep thirst for education.
Local municipalities support the ASI workshops. One truly remarkable aspect of ASI-Jutiapa, however, is that the mayor's office actively partners with the community agents as a resource for food, logistics, and feedback. In Honduras, where government often acts as a hurdle to progress, support from local officials is crucial to transformation.
|Alcadesa Jessy Carcamo|
The development of individual minds through group discussion also represents a key component of the AHMEN-SIFAT Inititiative. ASI provides a mechanism by which often very different individuals may express their own opinions and experiences without fear of reprisal. “Paso a Paso” the workshops permit individual community agents to develop an understanding that they matter and that they are part of a dedicated community committed to shaping a more just and merciful society in Honduras.
Won't you help me reshape missions in Hondurans? Let's move forward by proclaiming the Jubilee! Whatever your thought of missions, take a closer look with me.
|Small group discussion is fundamental to developing problem solving skills.|
Please stay tuned for more updates on each of the three ASI community development workshops. Please pray that this program is able to continue. Please begin making your monthly donation today, and please contact me to learn more about how to join a team to Honduras working with one of these vital centers of transformation.
Together, we are the difference.