Summer 2017 Newsletter – Loforna News
Great is His Faithfulness! [/mk_fancy_title][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″]IHF are celebrating an amazing milestone. It has been ten years since the first machete slashed into the jungle of our Loforna base. Looking back, it’s been an amazing journey with many people to thank for making this ministry a reality.
First, hats off to all of you that came from abroad to put your blood, sweat, and tears into getting the base done. Considering the primitive and dangerous conditions that many of you experienced, we give thanks for God’s protection.
No one was seriously injured or sick, bitten by poisonous snakes or done harm by other critters.
What stands now is a two acre campus covered in green grass, blooming flowers and bountiful fruits trees and crops planted around the edges. The main building comfortably accommodates thirty guests, has a fully functional kitchen, numerous gathering places and a three bedroom apartment for the ministry leaders. We are off the grid with our power source being solar and a generator. Rain water is collected into large tanks which includes a water purification system. There is also a carpentry cabaña stocked up with excellent donated tools and a traditional Mayan farm on the property.
To those of you who developed our outreach programs, we are also grateful. Included in your efforts are teaching and tutoring in the village schools, caring for the poor, sick and elderly, teaching hygiene and proper nutrition to young mothers, supporting a local girls home, performing skits, preaching, hosting youth retreats, purifying water on the base and in the village, providing emergency hurricane relief, constructing a village playground, providing school supplies, connecting with other ministries, and more.
Your support has also made it possible to get our skills sharing programs up and running. In the past year and a half, three sessions have been completed with thirty students graduating.
Of course, each of you was backed by supporters who believed in you being called by God to go and serve. They blessed you with their prayers and financial gifts.
We also thank our financial supporters who have allowed us to fulfill all our obligations to date. So many times, when nervously staring at the bottom of the pot, He continues to surprise us with His ongoing providence.
Trust us, this venture has not always been easy! However, when things became difficult, He opened our eyes again and again by reminding us that this is His ministry to do with as He pleases. Our maturity of our faith in Him allows us to persevere with an attitude of gratitude and the peaceful assurance that all is well.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][mk_fancy_title tag_name=”h2″ style=”false” color=”#dd3333″ size=”16″ font_weight=”inherit” font_style=”inhert” letter_spacing=”0″ margin_top=”0″ margin_bottom=”10″ font_family=”none” align=”left”]
A Big Congratulations! [/mk_fancy_title][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″]IHF wishes to congratulate the students who have recently graduated from our job skills training programs.
The following is the Facebook post from Alicia Pop who with her husband Lazarus have taught the baking and carpentry courses. [/vc_column_text][mk_blockquote style=”quote-style” font_family=”none” text_size=”12″ align=”left”]“Another milestone has been accomplished by our thirteen students who graduated today from the In His Footprints Ministry’s skill sharing programs.
First of all, I would like to make mention of a dream by one Canadian Christian man by the name Mr. William Kamphuis who founded a vision of creating a space for the young people of Armenia village to develop life skills to help improve their standard of living.
Well, that dream became a reality where by my husband Lazarus Pop and I have been sharing our skills with the young people for the past two years. In 2015 we had eight graduates, 2016 another eight, and now in 2017 we had thirteen including eleven girls from baking skills and two boys from carpentry. These intelligent students committed and dedicated their precious time. Through their efforts and patience in learning a new skill, they have touched their lives and the people around them. They had prepared themselves as to what they can do or become in the future probably in opening a business. This could be a pastry shop or one selling furniture to help their standard of living. Our graduation ceremony went as well as possible. Therefore, we would like to acknowledge and thank our master of ceremonies Mr. Grant Donovan (USA Peace Corp) who took his timeout to make this occasion a kind, happy and enjoyable one.
And also we would like to send our special thanks to our board of directors, Mr. Jonathan Wissink, Mr. Peter Van Der Meulen and Mr. Zach Fennema, for supporting us in everything we need to make this second skill sharing program a great success.
Last on all, we are hoping by the grace of God that our third program will continue next year as we already know many are line up and ready to take these courses of baking and carpentry.
To end this speech, I will say that I’m sad already! I will miss everyone. Janelle Moralez, Leilani Samayoa, Maiely Salazar, Wendy Moreira, Yesica Moran, Sulmy Orellana, Yoselin Suchite, Daisy Chock, Xiomara Sandoval, Evelyn Henriquez, Leticia Cartajena, I wish you all the best. Good luck in the future.” – Alicia Pop[/mk_blockquote][mk_gallery images=”8373,8371,8374″ style=”grid” column=”3″ image_size=”crop” height=”500″ hover_scenarios=”fadebox” item_spacing=”8″ margin_bottom=”20″ frame_style=”simple” disable_title=”false” image_quality=”1″ pagination=”false” count=”10″ pagination_style=”1″ order=”ASC” orderby=”date” item_id=”1504904937-59b306e9eb6b0″][/vc_column][/vc_row]