Things have been going great in Honduras. So many God stories along the way, and we are beginning to see the pathway coming together to take us into the future. To see pictures from the last few days . . . Click here.
There is a story in the bible where Jesus gave sight to a blind man, and he saw for the first time. I saw Jesus do the same thing in people's lives today . . . giving sight to the blind.
For many of us it is easy to have a vision for the future. To be able to see what it could be . . . what it might be one day if we give ourselves to something today. For some, it is difficult to envision what the future looks like.
For a couple years I have had a shared vision with others about our church sending the Wiggs family to launch a vocational school in Honduras so that street kids who are addicted to glue, and have no hope for a future might be able to be trained for a vocation, find a new life in Christ, become self sustaining, and make a difference for others in Honduras.
For those who share this vision, it is easy to see, and know what a street kids will become if they are willing to leave the glue bottle behind and start a new life. But while inhaling the toxic fumes the street child has no vision or hope for the future. Their mind is numbed by the glue and they are blind.
For the Micah Boys, they are not street kids any longer . . . they have left the glue behind, and are beginning to see in new ways. For a while they have heard about a "vocational school" starting at the Micah project. Something distant and something they really didn't understand. But today it is becoming a reality.
the Vocational School is beginning with simplicity. A few wielding stations on the top of the roof at the Micah house (which by the way to enroll you have to start a discipleship program, and get involved in a local church). It is a humble beginning, yet it has launched . . . Brian just recently purchased the tools and materials to put it together.
As the tools came in a few of the Micah boys eyes got wide open, and they are beginning to see the school take shape. Our "future" vision is becoming a reality as Brian taught Eric to cut metal with a torch. Eric has had a rough past and has struggled with addiction. But today he saw with eyes wide open a clear pathway into the future as he made the first official cut with the vocational schools first tool.
As I sit here in Honduras on this warm evening, it is hard to describe how amazing it is to see a once future vision start to become reality.
On our journey today, not only did we make the first cut in metal in the Vocational School, but we got to go to the streets to play with and love on the street kids. Later we headed for the city dump where 1000+ adults live and work with their families . . . some 250+ children.
While we were there we handed out bread and water, and got to talk with them for a while. The AFE school (which was started by the Micah Project), is trying to give vision to the children of the dump. Loving on them, and teaching them so that they might have a future out side of the dump. A future outside of the dump is hard for them to see when they were born in the dump and have lived there their whole lives. They have no idea of what life for anyone is like outside of the dump. Yet some of them are beginning to see. It is not only Hondurans that are gaining sight today though. My other two friends who traveled here with me and I are beginning to see as well. As Doug and I see the effort we have put into this project so far, and the difference it is only beginning to make we are reminded that those who want to keep their lives will lose it, but thought who want to give it will find it. I over heard Doug saying today "this has been the best day of my life." He has traveled the world, he has seen more things than most people dream of . . . I have also had my share of nice vacations and lived for self, yet nothing compares to the fullness of life that you feel when you put your life aside, and see what that one act does for so many others.