Friday, March 9, 2012

Saying Goodbyes

A lot has happened in the last few months that we would have liked to share, however time has been flying by and we now find ourselves wrapping up our ministry responsibilities and packing our bags to return to the U.S. for a while. We will continue to share about our experiences and memories of Honduras as we adjust to life state-side. We will greatly miss this little country and all it's people. 

Friday, November 4, 2011

Celebrate with a Laugh

Today was Eulogio's last day teaching English class at INTEAH high school (though he is still committed for a couple more weeks to give recuperation to those students that failed... a mandatory part of the Honduran educational system) 

Being a teacher can be a difficult and thankless job. It certainly isn't for everyone. While my husband is a very talented and a good teacher, he never really liked it. In fact his favorite part of teaching was "making kids cry" (for example giving failing grades where they are deserved). So if you know him pretty well that comment makes a lot of sense. If you don't know us that well... don't worry he isn't intentionally mean to children and most kids actually like him. But I bring this all up because I stumbled upon a very funny video about kids crying and I thought I'd share it with you in celebration of Eulogio's last day of teaching. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

What Bees and Beavers Do

Well ... bees and beavers are probably as busy as we are, but if you are reading this blog I would assume you aren't really interested in discovering what they are busy doing or else you would be reading Wikipedia or some other website. Unfortunately, you must also realize that we don't blog that often and therefore you cannot discover how very much like bees and beavers the Crespins actually have been. So to ease my guilt (and because I like making lists) I am going to actually post a new blog to summarize what we've been so busy about...
  • Teaching (English, Sunday School, Youth Group)
  • Grading papers
  • Yelling at students
  • Creating Children's Ministry Curriculum
  • Cutting out a lot of felt (600+ pieces)!
  • Celebrating Independence day
  • Marching in a Parade
  • Babysitting
  • Youth group field trips
  • Writing several rough draft blogs/newsletters
  • Staring at rough drafts and forgetting what to say
  • Renewing our Visas in Guatemala
  • Romping around an old Castle 
  • Not eating a Gibnut
  • Fixing our car
  • Taking care of a sick dog with worms :(
  • Counseling couples
  • Music Lessons
  • Studying the Bible
  • Studying Spanish
  • Translating stuff
  • Dealing with computer problems
  • etc... (because every good list should end in etc.)

A sample of the felt characters that Leah has been cutting out since July

Angel David holding the Honduran flag for one of the many parades on Independence Day

Eulogio and his fellow teachers walking in their school's parade

Eulogio's method of babysitting and still getting work done!

Gibnuts that we saw in Guatemala but were not allowed to eat

Bot Fly larva that was living in our dogs skin! She had over a dozen :(

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Alabanzas del Rey

Recently Eulogio has been charged with putting a worship band together for the church. There are several people interested in being a part of this ministry and Eulogio spent about a month teaching the group about the purpose of worship in the church. Now our days are filling up with drum practices, guitar lessons and singing lessons. We are looking forward to the day when everyone is ready to start playing and practicing as a group instead of individual lessons, but even more so, we look forward to when the group can begin leading worship at the church.  
It is a joy to be able to worship our King with our brothers and sisters as one body, but due to the bilingual aspect of our church many people were not familiar with the songs. After several months our church now has bilingual hymn books. It was awesome to be able to hear our little congregation singing praises God.
(Special thanks goes to Maria Lucero, Nikki Chavez, and Kathryn Cowan for helping Leah finish this project)

Sing to the LORD, for he has done wonderful things. Make known his praise around the world.
Isaiah 12:5

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Happy Day of the Child

This past weekend was a Honduran holiday called "Dia del Niño", which is a lot like Mother's day or Father's day. Schools usually have parties or some other special way of celebrating and families usually try to celebrate at home. For the past 3 years the kids at church would ask us if we were going to do something special for this day, but being unfamiliar with Honduran holidays we would never know about it until it was too late. Well this year was an exception. 
Rather than having a normal service where the children are separated in Sunday school, we had everyone together as one big family. The adults had to be a bit silly with children's songs that had us jumping up and down. We shared a Bible story using the feltboard, ate lunch and had a piñata. 
As we were planning we got really excited about being able to share God's message about how He values and cares for even these little children. Our hope was that the children understood that God loves them and died to save them, and also that the adults would understand the importance of being Godly examples and maybe even be motivated to help in children's ministry. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Nacho Night Videos

Apparently I did not upload the videos correctly on the previous post. So here they are again:

"A very unpolite way to eat"- Natalie

It is hard to see, but all the "fish" are covered in sugar! It was super funny

Friday, August 12, 2011

Nacho Night

Tonight was our first Youth group meeting in the church building! We have been praying for God to provide extra transportation so that we can use the building more (and not continually have everyone in our house). God has been so faithful to provide for us! We also just finished over a year and a half study through the book of John, so we took a break to celebrate and have some fun. Pastor Chris volunteered to provide nachos and we met for worship, food and games! We even had several first time visitors!
"Spoons" - always a crowd pleaser!

We provided donuts for dessert, but made them work for it! Here are some photos and video of our "Fisher's of Men". Apparently donuts are great bait for people fishing and it was hilarious watching the sugary mess they made!

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