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Jubilee Family Team Update
by Katherine Cheng
Posted on Thursday, June 12, 2014
Day 3- First day to visit Jubilee School: What I did not see today was luxury cars, manicured lawns or nice houses.  What I did not see today was an orderly drop off line, perfectly clean and pressed uniforms, or a beautiful campus.  No frantic stay at home moms or professional dads.

What I did see today on the bus ride to Jubilee was rush hour traffic with no order and motorcycles weaving in and out of busses and trucks.  Where the biggest vehicle goes first and a honk precedes each movement of every car on the jam packed road.  I saw trash in the streets and smog in the air.  I saw starving dogs and people digging through garbage for food.  I saw bars on windows and military police stationed randomly throughout the city.  Somehow, this made me feel safe.

Arrival at the school involves a person getting out to open a large solid metal gate.  The school is accessed through a steep cement driveway.  The stairs leading to the school are cement and steep.  The classrooms have bars on the windows except the windows have no glass.  No air conditioning, no heating.  I see one boy being tutored—outside.
Our first stop at the school was during daily praise and worship at 8:00am.  We stood at the back of the room filled with children---everyone standing, no chairs.  I notice the paint peeling from the cinder block walls and the squeaky sound of the two ceiling fans.
Then the worship begins with Emily playing her guitar.  The songs are in Spanish, but this doesn’t matter.  The words are projected on the wall, so we all sing.  The feeling I have are almost indescribable.  I am moved to tears as the Holy Spirit fills the room.  Our surroundings did not matter.  How we got there did not matter.  The fact that we are brothers and sisters in Christ matter and we are worshipping our God together with these precious children.

I witnessed my son’s personal testimony of answered prayer for a little brother.  I saw him smile more than I ever have.  I see him answering his call to be a servant for the Lord.
The children at Jubilee live a rough life with very little of the material world.  However, they are so full of joy and love.  They accepted us immediately literally with open arms.  They could not give away enough hugs.  I ask myself how they could be so giving.  But I know the answer…….JESUS.
Romans 12:9-10 "Let love be genuine.  Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another with brotherly affection in showing honor."
- Cindy V.

Today was the day that we had all been waiting for—we finally got to meet the kids at the Jubilee School. The awkwardness of being thrown in front of kids who live in such a different culture than us and being told to interact was quickly overcome by smiles, hugs, and laughter. Simple questions such as “What sports do you like to play” and “What is your favorite class in school” seemed to mean so much to them, and soon we were all able to interact easily. Recess was great; kids are kids, and the simple fun of playing games will never end. In the afternoon, we presented a lesson about prayer to the classes using the guideline ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication). They enjoyed the concept and the craft (a prayer booklet), and each thought of examples for the categories. I was particularly amazed by their thoughts on thanksgiving—that they are still so thankful even though they live in such difficult conditions.

What stuck with me the most from today is the stark contrast between the kids and their circumstances. At the school we see lively, smiling, loving kids who want to play and give hugs, but as we drive through their communities we see the conditions they live in, and Austin shares sad stories of some specific difficulties they face. It is truly sobering. Thank God that there is good news in Him through Jesus Christ.
- Philip V.

Day 4
The children are beautiful. They aren’t at all concerned about the language barrier. We did a lesson on gravity, and they loved it, when I was downstairs I could hear them yelling and cheering, because the boys were shooting rockets and the water balloons. Even in the heat the girls were sitting on our laps and hugging while listening to the lesson. I really connected with a second grader named Victoria, she is gorgeous and so full of joy, and gets the biggest smile on her face when I see her. Then we played a game, where we wrapped a Popsicle stick on string around their waists and they had to get the stick in the bottle. Then we just took string and threw it around and the kids got to crawl through it like in a spy movie. It’s amazing how happy the kids got with a little string.  We went to Claudia’s house, and it was beautiful to see how the Hondurans sing with all their heart, they are so loud and passionate about worshipping the Father. My favorite part about church, Monday morning praise, and the service at Claudia’s house is the greeting. Where everyone hugs everyone cheek to cheek, make a kissing sound and say God bless. The testimonies were so personal and moving, people were brought to tears. It’s amazing how these people make themselves so vulnerable in front of good friends and complete strangers, for Gods glory. That kind of faith is amazing to me.
- Kathryn M.

“Look among the nations, and see; wonder and be astounded. For I am doing work in your days that you would not believe if told”(Habakkuk 1:5).
This place is so beautiful and these people are so beautiful. I did not realize how much I truly missed this place until I returned. God has painted such a masterpiece in Honduras . As we have sung many times this week “Cuan Grande Es Dios”( How Great is our God).

On Monday I finally got to see the precious faces I have been thinking about and praying for this past year. I was overwhelmed with hugs from so many who I have missed so dearly: Angelica, Jennifer, Alexa, Wendoly and so many more. Their faces are so full of joy that only the Holy Spirit can fill us with. We walked into the 4th grade classroom and Wendoly pulled out 3 or 4 cards that Natalie and I sent to them throughout this past year and I almost lost it.

Today we went to the Jubilee School again. We finished the prayer activity that we began on Monday and it was so cool to see how deeply the students understand the Lord. We did a science activity and then we also played with the kids at recess. They all wanted to play something different with me so we played duck duck goose and then we played some game where you sing a song and hold hands. I told them to sing it in English with me and even though they had no idea what they were singing about they still were not afraid to sing out as loud as possible. It is also like this in worship. Anytime we sing to the Lord together everyone here sings at the top of their lungs and I feel like this is something our culture lacks. We worry so much about how we look or sound or what people will think about us when we talk about the Lord but we shouldn’t worry about any of this.

This trip so far has truly been amazing and I am learning a lot about God. Even when I doubt or have questions I am learning to “let what I have heard from the beginning abide in me” (1 John 2:24). I can feel the Spirit so present here in Tegucigalpa and I cannot wait to see what the Lord has planned for this city. Thank you for your prayers and support!
- Megan Eastabrook


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