So, I have been back in Honduras now for about a month since my first visa trip back to the states. I had a wonderful time with family and friends at weddings and new baby outings. It was a very enjoyable time and I am very thankful to all of you I was able to visit with. Thank you for the encouragement and the prayers.
On Mother's Day, we had a wonderful celebration at church with a the baptism of a new believer. Jorge who became came to know the Lord about a month and a half before that was baptized right after the service out at the Rio Estaban river. Many have seen his life change since he came to know the Lord. Please pray that he would grow in wisdom and knowledge of the Lord day after day.
There were 4 birthday celebrations with lab employees and their children in this month in a span of about two weeks. I was able to go and visit both of their families and celebrate with them. This is Veronica's family and this is the first family photo they have ever had taken (I did take one for her without me in it).
Things in the lab have been crazy as usual, but good. Right after getting back from the states, Irina left for her vacation. Their vacation here is a lot different than in the states. They take their vacation all at one time around the month they were hired. It leaves huge voids when people go on vacation here for a month at a time. It is very difficult to cover areas when everyone is already busy…somehow it seems to work though. So, for the last month since I have been back, Irina has been on vacation. It has given me a great opportunity to get to know the other girls in the lab, Ruth and Veronica.
I have seen the provision of the Lord just in small things. Some of you may know that almost every piece of equipment in the lab has broken in the last four months since I have arrived. It was very discouraging at first and was difficult to handle, but now I know what to do and when things break, it is not such a big deal. Just in the last several weeks I have had three centrifuges break out of the five that we have. One type, we just recieved several on the container from the states right before two broke. Another centrifuge broke that we bought about 3 years ago and one of the girls who was on her visa trip was able to get the part from the man who goes to her church that owns the company we bought the equipment from. She brought the part down and the centrifuge is working great. Another centrifuge broke that we use everyday to spin specimens down and a man was here from the states that comes a couple of times a year with his wife and was able to fix that centrifuge in the time he was here. Some of you who are not lab people will have no idea what I am talking about, but hopefully through all the lab talk, you can see how the Lord just provided and knew ahead of time what was needed.
My mom is coming this coming this Friday, June 4th to visit for the first time. Please pray for safe travels for her. Hopefully will get a chance that week to post about some of our adventures.