In this Thanksgiving month, I'm very grateful with our Lord and each one of you for many things:
First, you have been very faithful in supporting us and our mission this whole year.
Second, this has been a very successful year at the Newman School.
Third, my wife and I are very thankful for many of you who contributed generously for the purchasing of our new (used) truck. The old blue Isuzu truck had served faithfully for almost 20 years and was sold to provide for the rest of the funds needed to complete the purchase.
Fourth, we are very grateful with The First Baptist Church of Hingham in Massachusetts for donating their bazaar funds to complete the water system at El Arca.
Fifth, for the Greenville Baptist Church in Rhode Island for raising all the necessary funds needed to build the new church building at Cofradia, Honduras. Lord willing, this January 2018, we will be able to finish and dedicate the building in February 2018.
Sixth, we are very thankful with the Lord for a very successful national youth conference. This past month, more than 50 leaders and young people from all of our churches in Honduras arrived to train at EL Arca. The conference theme was: "Looking forward towards the future." We had four conferences entitled: The Youth in Today's World (pastor Carlos Banegas), Making the Difference (Pastor Javier Ayestas), Him & Social Media (pastor Carlos Banegas) and Youth and God (Pastor Delmer Rodriguez). These conferences were of great impact to theirs lives.
Let me tell you about two very special people. Noe Ramirez is 23 years old and he came to the conference not expecting too much. He had been struggling with his faith and told us that he was going back renewed. He also testified that he was going back with a new vision for his life and with a clear commitment with our Lord and his church (Dos Caminos Church in the North).
The other youth that impressed me was Danner Blandin. He is a thirteen years old that came from the Altamira church in Choluteca. In his testimony, he mentioned how the conferences impacted his life. He is now considering a future in ministry at his church. His grandfather, pastor Adan Blandin, just recently retired. Pastor Blandin's home was the place were we started our Iglesias Comunidad de Amor, Internacional organization in 2001. Today, we can count over 23 churches. I see Danner as the future pastor of that congregation. He was born and is growing as a Christian leader learning a lot from his grandfather and the Lord’s business.