Saturday, December 6, 2008
Yesterday was an interesting day for us. Lorena (the oldest of our charges here at La Finca) finally was able pass all her high school classes and she asked us to attend her graduation as her "padrinos" or sponsors. Many things seems to be planned at the last minute here or at least that is when we find out about them! We're learning to bend without breaking (in other words be flexible). Our plans for Friday afternoon had been to ride into Tegucigalpa with La Finca's newly formed choir for their first performance. We did get to that later. First, however, Janelle, Zackery, and I (Harlan) accompanied Lorena to her 1:00pm graduation ceremony. It was held at the community hall in Valle de Angeles. We escorted her to receive her diploma and signed as witnesses on some official looking form. It was very interesting to take part in a community event. Quite a large group of people were present for the graduation. The ceremony was a bit tedious but we had fun people watching. Michele (Alonso's wife was also present).
Angelica and Ali went to Teguc. with Alonso, Andrea, and the choir around 1:30pm. We left for Teguc. around 3:30pm after the graduation. We were able to arrive at the main office of the HSBC bank before they began their performance. This is the same bank that has been providing funds for building materials for the new housing project. The choir sang their Christmas songs from 5:00pm to 6:00pm for the bank employees in a conference room. They did a pretty good job with the songs their director picked. We met the bank president and his wife. I believe they are from England. The plan is for the choir to perform several times on the main floor of the bank for customers coming and going before Christmas. Apparently most of the banks here do something similar. Anyway it was an interesting experience and a privilege for our family and the kids from La Finca who are part of the choir. We pray God used their singing to bless those who were present.
On our way back into Valle in pouring down rain after dark I dropped Janelle off at the little restaurant where Lorena's graduation dinner was held. She met Michele and Lorena there. I took the kids home and got them into bed. Browny points for me! Janelle did bring me a plate of food later when she returned. Thus ended our somewhat unusual Friday. Hope ya'll had fun too!