A lot has been going on with the kids up in Chimaltenango who have made Dick's home their second home. I don't get to see them all that often, but they hold a special place in my heart. I have had a chance to watch a couple of the games which the team Cesar is coaching has played, and have to admit I love watching Elder especially. He's always held his own playing with the big guys and shines now that he's on a team with younger kids.
School this year has been difficult for a lot of the guys. Looking at their textbooks, I can understand why, especially in math and science. What they are studying is more complicated than what I can understand or help them with, but they are plugging away for the most part.
Tony has accepted a job working at an orphanage in Parramos, so we are having a few staff adjustments. Marcos and Ebner David are filling in on weekends, and are a great help.
He is really coming into his own. He is completing his career education in teaching PE, and will be, God willing, going on to the University in January. He will be the first of "our" kids to do so. I admire his determination and his commitment to his education. School is not easy for him, but he makes up for it in diligence and hard work.
Just yesterday he completed one of his final requirements for promotion, and it was a tough one. To pass his swimming requirement, he had to swim across Lake Atitlan! Swimming is not his strong suit, and both Dick and I were very concerned that he would not be able to make it the whole way. We were more concerned that he would push himself too far, and would have problems before one of the kayaks accompanying the swimmers could get to him. We've been doing a lot of praying about this one.
I am happy to say that we worried for nothing. While I'm sure it was very hard for him, he succeeded without incident. He's really proud of this accomplishment, and we are too. What I am most proud of, however, is his conviction of where he received the power to do this. He posted on his facebook page:
I thank God for giving me this experience and the ability to do what I set out to do. Thank God for giving me the opportunity to cross the lake. "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!"