We’re excited to share this update with you from Ybelise Peῆa Rivas, the Principal of Herrera School.
We praise the Lord because He is good to us and we can see how many of our prayer requests are being responded to in His time. Coming back to school after the Christmas holidays is normally very slow, we saw all the students coming back to class the 14th, even the school was open the 7th. This is typical Dominican behavior after the holidays of New Year and epiphany.
We could not have a much better beginning of the New Year!! So many good news! We’ve been praying for years to see a door open at the government for help to pay some of our teachers and cover some of the expenses, Jan 17th we received the unexpected visit of some government officials who were evaluating our school to this special help. It was a miracle!
They were very positive and in fact told us that we qualify not just for the help of the teachers but also to get food, textbooks and more. We are really looking forward to the next meeting where we hope all the approvals will be made. Praise the Lord.
At the same time we were glad to receive the visit of a new church who is looking for a place to partner with, because we have so many children without sponsors, we are hoping they will consider us and sponsor many of our children soon. What a great time we spent at the national retreat with all the staff for all the programs, 39 of our staff participated and it was awesome, living for God and loving others was once again planted in our heart and has become the slogan of the year. Another prayer that was answered this month was the conclusions of the work in the kitchen, we have a brand new kitchen with many cabinets, pantry and many kitchen utensils we needed long time ago! This is very significant. The Lord in His time is answering all our prayers!
Top Praises to God:
- Very happy to share with you about a child who came to the Lord with tears in her eyes after her teacher was sharing the word of God with her in the class.
- We praise the Lord for the retreat with all staff, it was a very good for our spiritual growth and teach that to the children.
- We are thankful to the Lord because even Christmas can be dangerous in our area, none of our children were in problem, not even sick. The Lord protected them and they all came back to school.
- Very excited for the good possibilities of our school being help in a great way by the Dominican government. This is a huge need and we can see how very soon it will be accomplished.
- The new kitchen is very encouraging for the school, so many of those things were old and broken, now it looks new and shine! Praise the Lord!
- We praise the Lord for all the people that are helping us, and making this possible. We really appreciate each one of them.
Top 5 Prayer Requests:
- Pray so the Lord continues to give us wisdom and revelation to apply all that we learn at the retreat.
- Continue to pray for a good resolution on the government needed help.
- Many of the parents of the children are jobless and that also shows in the school budgets and their own families.
- Our neighborhood is getting more violent with the growth of gangs. Please pray for protection.
- Please pray for all our staff, so we can grow in Love for the work we do for the Lord.