July 2015 Update

Dear Friends and Family,

My second month here has come and gone so incredibly fast!! Once again, I’ve gone crazy with the camera and taken over 200 pictures this month! 

This is Larry’s most recent planting of inga trees. Due to poor soil quality, the trees average anywhere between 2 to 5 years to get established and shade out weeds enough to plant the corn and bean crops in between the tree rows. For the subsistence farmer, that is a huge drawback in using this system. Every system has its advantages and disadvantages, but we are constantly looking for ideas to improve this system to make it a real option for the subsistence farmer.
This is Larry’s most recent planting of inga trees. Due to poor soil quality, the trees average anywhere between 2 to 5 years to get established and shade out weeds enough to plant the corn and bean crops in between the tree rows. For the subsistence farmer, that is a huge drawback in using this system. Every system has its advantages and disadvantages, but we are constantly looking for ideas to improve this system to make it a real option for the subsistence farmer.
While hiking up to that field we encountered this insect, which I assume is just a tropical species of a walking stick. Here it is known as
While hiking up to that field we encountered this insect, which I assume is just a tropical species of a walking stick. Here it is known as “madre de culebra” which means “mother of snake.” People here believe a myth that snakes are born from it, and also that if it bites you, you will shrivel up to as thin as a snake and then die.
Every Friday night is game night with the discipleship group. This game night was special as Anna Fuglestad, a long-time friend of Larry and Allison, happened to be visiting from the States. Anna is in med school and creatively came up with a game of jeopardy to teach about different health topics. Honduras lacks good health education, so that kind of expertise is much appreciated!
Every Friday night is game night with the discipleship group. This game night was special as Anna Fuglestad, a long-time friend of Larry and Allison, happened to be visiting from the States. Anna is in med school and creatively came up with a game of jeopardy to teach about different health topics. Honduras lacks good health education, so that kind of expertise is much appreciated!
On July 12th Anna (Larry and Allison’s middle girl) turned 3! In Honduras, it’s not a complete celebration without a piñata. Several of the kids took a whack at it before it finally burst… they must be well-made here… being a piñata country and all.
On July 12th Anna (Larry and Allison’s middle girl) turned 3! In Honduras, it’s not a complete celebration without a piñata. Several of the kids took a whack at it before it finally burst… they must be well-made here… being a piñata country and all. 
July was also a special month as I got to butcher my first rooster. I had been taught a few times before how to butcher hens, but had never taken on the challenge myself. I may have been smiling in this picture… but inside… well, I was not. I have to admit though, the soup was good.
July was also a special month as I got to butcher my first rooster. I had been taught a few times before how to butcher hens, but had never taken on the challenge myself. I may have been smiling in this picture… but inside… well, I was not. I have to admit though, the soup was good. 
(Job – front in gray T-shirt) A couple weeks ago I took a weekend to visit Job in Siguatepeque. We do miss each other; it’s hard being 5 hours apart. I enjoyed going back to Siguatepeque for a visit though, and got to see several other friends there. That weekend happened to be the Annual Expo Fair at ESNACIFOR, the forestry school where Job graduated. Each year during the Expo they have competitions ranging from hauling logs, cutting trees with an axe, and tree scaling. Job and a few of his friends, also ESNACIFOR alumni, won the log hauling.
(Job – front in gray T-shirt) A couple weeks ago I took a weekend to visit Job in Siguatepeque. We do miss each other; it’s hard being 5 hours apart. I enjoyed going back to Siguatepeque for a visit though, and got to see several other friends there. That weekend happened to be the Annual Expo Fair at ESNACIFOR, the forestry school where Job graduated. Each year during the Expo they have competitions ranging from hauling logs, cutting trees with an axe, and tree scaling. Job and a few of his friends, also ESNACIFOR alumni, won the log hauling. 
I would like to introduce you to Dilmer, a pastor and farmer in La Muralla that Larry has known for several years. Dilmer is basically a “tent-maker.” He started a house church in his home in La Muralla but literally lives off the land as a farmer. This is the bean field he planted to start raising funds for a building where the church can meet a few days each week. I have to say that Dilmer is one of the most inspired and motivated pastors and farmers I have ever met. He may be just scraping by, feeding his family with the corn and beans he has, and yet sacrifices what little more time and energy he has left to plant beans for the church. A true disciple of Christ.
I would like to introduce you to Dilmer, a pastor and farmer in La Muralla that Larry has known for several years. Dilmer is basically a “tent-maker.” He started a house church in his home in La Muralla but literally lives off the land as a farmer. This is the bean field he planted to start raising funds for a building where the church can meet a few days each week. I have to say that Dilmer is one of the most inspired and motivated pastors and farmers I have ever met. He may be just scraping by, feeding his family with the corn and beans he has, and yet sacrifices what little more time and energy he has left to plant beans for the church. A true disciple of Christ. 
Odalis (Dilmer’s oldest daughter) and I harvested 14 bunches of beans. Dilmer held a special service in his house last Sunday and invited 7 pastors from around the area. He sent each pastor home with 2 bunches of beans. Dilmer wanted to give the first harvest of his bean crop to the pastors as a tithe, giving thanks to God while blessing other pastors. Just a note about the beans grown here. Hondurans prefer to grow red beans. These are bush beans and are grown here as a dry bean. Once the bean pods have reached maturity and are starting to dry on the plant, the farmers will harvest them all at once. So the entire plant is pulled up, hung up to dry, and later the beans are shelled.
Odalis (Dilmer’s oldest daughter) and I harvested 14 bunches of beans. Dilmer held a special service in his house last Sunday and invited 7 pastors from around the area. He sent each pastor home with 2 bunches of beans. Dilmer wanted to give the first harvest of his bean crop to the pastors as a tithe, giving thanks to God while blessing other pastors.
Just a note about the beans grown here. Hondurans prefer to grow red beans. These are bush beans and are grown here as a dry bean. Once the bean pods have reached maturity and are starting to dry on the plant, the farmers will harvest them all at once. So the entire plant is pulled up, hung up to dry, and later the beans are shelled. 
Now your questions are answered, after seeing this picture, you know… I really AM crazy! I may look funny but I just wanted to show the slope of this field recently cleared for planting. A common sight here. On the left you can see another field cleared on the opposite side of the valley.
Now your questions are answered, after seeing this picture, you know… I really AM crazy! I may look funny but I just wanted to show the slope of this field recently cleared for planting. A common sight here. On the left you can see another field cleared on the opposite side of the valley. 

Prayer Requests:

  • Please pray that I can get my annual residency renewal finished. Maintaining residency allows me to stay in the country long-term, rather than leaving every 3 months to get a new visa. Currently, the immigration office is out of the plastic they use to print residency cards. Please pray they get the plastic re-stocked soon!
  • Over the past couple months I have gotten to know Dilmer and his family a little better. I, as well as Larry and Allison, think it would be a great experience for me to do a one-month homestay with Dilmer’s family. Because he is a pastor as well as a subsistence farmer, I could learn so much about the challenges rural farmers deal with in this area. Please pray that if it be God’s will, the details would be worked out soon for this opportunity!
  • We are passing through a rough season at campus with the discipleship group. Without going into lengthy detail, we are dealing with an attitude of apathy, a spirit of division, and just disagreement in general with the youth at campus. Please pray for us, especially for Larry and Allison, that God would give them confidence and wisdom through His Word to work through this difficult situation.

Praise God:

  • Through Larry and Allison’s relationship with Dilmer, as well as the hired hands that work for Larry, I am beginning to develop relationships with subsistence farmers in this area!
  • For the good health that helps keep me going each day and the safety and protection I experienced while traveling to and from Siguatepeque by bus this month.
  • I am continuing to improve my Spanish skills, slowly but surely!

Thank you for your continual prayers, encouragement, and financial support. Please know your part in this ministry is appreciated with each and every step I take!

Love,

Adria

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