Friday, December 31, 2010

Thanks for Your Prayers!

This year we were blessed when the Central American Orchestra decided to donate the proceeds of their Christmas concert to AFE. How this came to be is a long story of God's extraordinary provision, but the ramifications of this small decision were amazing.

AFE was featured on Honduras' most-watched morning news show, "Frente a Frente" (face to face). Pastor Jeony, Jesi, Rey, and five AFE young people were interviewed on the show that the entire country of Honduras watches in a two-hour special feature. Amazing garbage-dump footage was shown in the background of the children's testimonies, bringing many viewers to tears. The news team came to AFE and videotaped this year's graduation and promoted our web address. Now Pastor Jeony and Rey can barely keep up with all the emails and offers to help that have locally. Some of these include:

1. Two scholarships donated to the most expensive university in all of Honduras.

2. A personal visit from the Mayor's wife and her pledged support of the project.

3. Land offered, lawyer's services donated, we could go on and on.

Thanks you so much for all of your prayers, we are excited to see what will come of this publicity and what God will do next!

Here is a link to a segment of the show, "Frente a Frente" (and yes, it is in Spanish).

Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things!

Noah is ten years old and visited AFE last March. His heart was moved, but what can one little boy do to help his friends in Honduras? Make wallets, out of duct tape!

“Wallets for Change” cost $10 each and the proceeds go to AFE. Noah puts AFE’s business cards inside so that more people can lean about the project! To purchase a wallet, contact:

Jana Goad loves gardening and the children of AFE. Last spring she joined her passions and raised $7,000 at a plant sale. She created merchandise by dividing plants from her own garden and asking for donations from local nurseries.

Michelle Dirks is a stay-at-home mom who works full-time in her volunteer positions. She organizes an annual fashion show, golf tournament, and sells cookbooks. Last year she and her friends raised $20,000 for Honduras!

What can you do to help those in need?

Monday, December 13, 2010

Prayer Request

Dear friends,

This Thursday, the Central American Philharmonic Orcestra will perform a special concert to raise funds for AFE! Please pray not only that pocketbooks would open, but hearts as well! One of our major goals to to increase more local support and action. If powerful Hondurans can catch the vision of no more children in the garbage dump, perhaps they would have the means to make this dream a reality!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Summer Break

In Honduras, students take their “summer break” in December and January. This is because the school year runs from February to November, as opposed to the September-through-June school year in the United States.

As of November 29th, AFE students are officially out of school. We offer vacation activities (mostly to continue providing the one nutritious meal the children receive all day), and of course AFE’s “Gran Fiesta de Navidad” for the garbage dump community. Nevertheless, during this break AFE’s children often find themselves with more free time and sometimes they get into trouble.

Last year, a promising seventh grade student became pregnant over break and decided not to continue at AFE. In years past, gangs have tried to recruit our children, alcohol and drugs have been experimented with, and older children have simply discovered the independence and freedom they crave by working in the garbage dump instead of attending school.
Jenny Elvir is fourteen and will be in the 8th grade next year
Still, a break is needed. Our children have worked especially hard this last year. Now is the time that AFE’s teachers begin another sort of work, on our knees in prayer for our children as we send them back home. We ask their parents to watch over them, but most agree with a perfunctory nod. The parents believe that their fourteen-year-old is an already an adult....because at fourteen they were already raising two children of their own.

Will you join us in prayer for AFE’s children?
Jeyson Ordonez is sixteen and next year will finish his last year of high school.