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June 29 , 2003
Santa Rosa de Copan, Honduras

Rain. More rain. Just a little bit more rain. Sun -- oh no, just looked like it might come out for a bit, but didn't. We have 2 seasons, wet and dry and right now it isn't dry. Actually Friday and Saturday were dry enough to allow us to pour the concrete for the floor of our bodega (shed/warehouse) and the taller (shop for industrial classes).

We were able to launch our Spanish version of our web page, although for safety's sake I'm still going to get one of my local friends with good gramar to check it out to make sure we aren't accidentally insulting anybody or sounding like hillbillies. On Wednesday I was able to change my flight back to Canada to July 8th. I expect to be there until August 10th, and hope to visit some of our past volunteers in the Vancouver lower mainland around the weekend of the 25th.

This week saw the goodbye party for Laura, one of our volunteers who has very dutifully built up the math tutoring class to almost equal the English class. She also assisted in the Casa de la Cultura theater classes for the youth. On Monday she worked with the kids to finish up a mosaic on our pila. we now have a buterfly on one side, a fish on the front and a soccer ball on the other side. I need someone to take her place!!!

Thursday morning we hosted a meeting in our center for various health directors from across western Honduras. They were meeting with various people from our neighborhood to find out what are the principal health concerns and how do the neighborhood associations help to address these issues. Ricky and Freddy finished tying the rebar in the rain. As a reward, I made them Nestle "mochas" which were worth about 10% of their day's wage. Can you imagine how ridiculous that is?

La Casa de la Cultura had guitar lessons late in the afternoon at the center -- I didn't know about that program -- and English class in the evening for the adults consisted of a "noche de comida tipical" or typical Canadian food night. We made stew, which turned out to be suitable since it was rainy and cold. Imagine buying 2 lbs of carrots, 2 lbs of potatoes, and onion, a big green pepper, a mango and 2 grapefruit for about Cdn$2.00.

Sunday saw another victory for our soccer team. Of course it shouldn't count for much as we were bigger and on average probably a year or two older and the score was something like 10-1... The rain held off for the day and we had a good time. Of course the afternoon was spent washing clothes by hand in our newly decorated pila. Some things like washing machines are sorely missed sometimes. The lady who normally washes my clothes was occupied by the birthday of her daughter and refused (can you imagine) to spend the day washing my clothes. Just kidding, when I found out it was her daughter's birthday, I didn't even ask her. I'm just that nice of a guy. Of course when I was finished, two other neighbors offerd to wash my clothes. I think they felt sorry for the dumb gringo that took so long to wash clothes.

Still looking for groups to talk to in July / August regarding our projects in Central America as we are always looking for partners to help develop and strengthen our projects here. If you know of any opportunity, please contact me at phil@timko.ca

Prayer requests:

Praise that we finished the concrete for the shop and warehouse floor.
Wisdom for the meetings in Teguc with the Canadian Consul General as well as the Honduran Secretary of Tourism hopefully this coming Friday.
A fantastic director for Tela with lots of initiative, patience and a heart for God. Sailing abilities a bonus...
Preparation for the team coming in October. Think we'll put in the false ceiling then so that we can continue classes despite the noise of rain on a tin roof.
Need to sell my home in Canada as my renter left one year early and I need the funds from my house to continue our project in San Pedro Sula.
Christian volunteers to help us achieve our ultimate goal of helping to make Christ real to people we're helping
Opportunities to speak to groups in Canada when I'm back (July 9 - Aug 9)