Friday, December 10, 2010
Dear Friends and Family,
Blessings from Tegucigalpa, Honduras! My deepest apologies about not posting any prayer requests in the last three weeks! However, things here at the project have been very joyful - last month, our graduation was well worth the time and energy spent on it as we celebrated the graduation of Jeferson, Maycol, Brayan Chavez, Hector Licona and Hauner Amaya from high school. Several of our friends from the U.S. were able to fly down in order to spend the weekend with us and the graduates. The next weekend, the Micah guys celebrated the beginning of school vacation by going on a trip to the Northern coast with Roger. After returning from the Northern coast, the Micah guys have started a construction project out in the Villa Linda Miller. In short, these have been a busy few weeks! As we start a new month, we would like to ask you to please be holding the graduates, the Micah guys and us (the staff) in your prayers. Please be praying for:
* The New Micah Graduates
As our graduates look ahead to the future, we would like to ask you to please keep them in your prayers. Please be praying for wisdom and for the hand of the Lord to be on them and their lives. Even though they have graduated from high school, their journeys are far from over. Please continue to hold Chavez, Jeferson, Maycol, Hector and Hauner in your prayers.
Last week, the local newspaper named (for the second time this year) our barrio as one of the "hot zones" for crime in the city of Tegucigalpa. This claim has been born out in reality with several murders in our neighborhood during the past two weeks. Additionally, Wilmer and Arle were unlawfully detained and threatened by corrupt police officers last week. Our neighborhood is truly becoming a "hot zone" of crime. Please continue to hold all the Micah staff and guys in your prayers. Please continue to pray that we can be Christ-like influences in the midst of so much darkness and that the Lord will complete a great work in this city and stop the violence.
*The Micah Staff
As we labor to bring these young men off of the street and strive to be God's agents in transforming them into future Christian leaders, we face a long and hard fight. Often, we are called upon to work long hours and deal with stressful situations day after day. We ask you to please be holding us in your prayers this week! Please pray for patience, for wisdom, for grace and for the love of Christ to flow through us every moment as we work to raise up each of the Micah guys.
* And, let us always remember to PRAISE!!!
- For the Micah graduates! These five young men have completed the long road to graduation, and we are extremely proud of their hard work!! Praise the Lord for all the change that He has brought about in their lives and for strengthening their hands to do the work that they needed to do!
- For a smooth graduation weekend! This weekend was a wonderful time of praise and fellowship with friends from the U.S. - praise the Lord that everything went well and that we were able to have a joyous time celebrating our graduates!!
- For encouragement when it's needed! Praise the Lord for giving us all that we need to do everything that He has called us to do - including giving us wonderful friends who lift us up when necessary!!
On graduation weekend, as the new graduates worked their way through all of the staff and Micah board members, giving hugs to each one, I remarked to David Miller (Michael's father), "These are the moments that make it all worthwhile." It is moments like those that remind us why we fight so hard for these young men; these moments remind us of our goals for each of them in their long journeys. We pray, and we also ask you to pray, that each young man who enters our doors is able to also arrive at the same moment of triumph. God bless you all and thank you for your prayers!
David Hawthorne (on behalf of the Micah Project)