Warning: This blog posts includes details of a father boasting about his children!
My children really do make a difference here at The Leadership Center in Honduras. Who would have thought that when God called us back to Honduras, He would be using 3 year-old, Micah, and 1 year-old, Abigail, to make an impact on the students, staff, and volunteers at TLC? Following are just a few examples:
-Few things light up our cook’s eyes like Micah and Abigail do. Our cook deserves to have some exciting things happen to her every day. She works so hard for the school and rarely takes a break. But, those few times each day that she gets to hold Abigail in the kitchen, or throw rocks outside with Micah are precious. For her, and for everyone watching!
-Many of our students have young siblings, cousins, nieces, or nephews that they “left” back home to come and study. Micah and Abigail are a constant reminder to them of the joy that their family brings. Being away from family is extremely difficult for our students, particularly in a culture where few young women live away from home. So, a small glimpse of their family each day is a warm welcome.
-Micah helps our students learn English. He is only beginning to understand that some students don’t speak English well because they have only been studying for one month. Nonetheless, he continues to ask the students to be his playmates and participate in conversation. This challenges them to listen and understand more English. (Micah is also picking up more Spanish phrases – he is a pro at “Buenos Dias, Buenas Tardes, Como Esta, Gracias, De Nada, Como manecio,” and a few others)
-Micah and Abbey provide some “late night” entertainment at the Rahm household from time to time. The other night, the three business students (Olga, Yanetzi, and Alex) came to our house for some help with their homework. Micah and Abbey entertained, and certainly did not disappoint. The students stayed for a while after their questions were answered, most likely because they had never seen a little white boy dance around the living room in pajamas before. It is a joy having students in our house!!
-Micah and Abbey bring an innocence to campus that may not exist without them. In a culture that is plagued by violence, crime, drug trafficking, corruption, and much more, two young children are a fresh reminder of God’s love and plan for humanity.
-Micah and Abbey are a constant reminder of God’s grace for me and Hailey. It can be easy for me to get focused on my responsibilities with the organization, but Micah and Abbey never let me forget that I am a father before anything else. Every time I walk in our door to Abbey saying, “Dada, Dada, Dada” in her high voice, I am reminded of what is most important in life.
While these are just a few examples, I am proud to see my children impacting those living at The Leadership Center in Honduras. It is a joy and privilege to watch them grow and learn here. I think the students would echo my belief that life for everyone is just a little bit better because of Micah and Abigail.
As Micah would say…”Hasta Luego!”