While on mission to Honduras in March 2017 we sponsored a Women’s Conference.
About thirty women attended the 2-day conference hosted by the staff of HOPE School. Though small in number (which was the intention all along) this was an important event.
The HOPE School staff planned the conference.
We told them, “We have a budget of around $200 for the conference. We will teach, encourage, and pray for the women, but we want you to put the event together, Honduras style.”
The first morning, we were blown away by the beautiful time of worship and singing. Between the teaching sessions, the HOPE staff organized games and gift giveaways.
The women loved this.
While we waited for lunch to arrive, HOPE School Director Celenia Carvajal asked them to share something they had enjoyed about the conference, so far.
Two or three women shared how God had blessed them through some aspect of the conference – the worship, teaching, fellowship, etc.
One woman seemed a bit unsure of herself as she struggled to share what being at the conference meant to her. She became emotional as Celenia translated her words so we could understand.
“I never thought I’d be invited here,” she said.
We later learned this woman’s husband abandoned her. The need to provide for her children led her into circumstances that left her with a questionable reputation.
This is a scenario of epic proportions among women in developing countries like Honduras. It’s the need to survive without the basic skills and resources necessary to earn a living.
She received a simple invitation to join a small gathering of local women. She wept during the worship time and teaching by los Americanos.
She joined the other women in playing silly games. We can still hear their laughter when we reflect back on that hot, humid Honduran morning.
We remember she gave her heart to God that day. And that she thought she’d never be invited.
| by Karlene Arthur, VI Staff