Trick or Treat!

Last week, we had our own version of trick or treating here at Love & Hope. All of kids dressed up and the adults hid inside the rooms. The kids were instructed to knock on each door and say “trick or treat!” It sounded more like, “chink a ching!” Regardless of pronunciation, they recieved a piece of candy at each room.

A couple of princesses and a singer were there for the occasion.

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Sebastian, Prince Eric, Ariel and Flounder came. 

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We also hosted a giraffe, a workman, and a surfer. 

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We got a little nervous when the ninjas and pirate showed up, but they turned out to be really friendly.

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The clown really made us all smile!

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Trick or treat! 

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Even the tios tried to get in on the fun. No costume, no candy, Tio.

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Trick or treating was a lot of fun!

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┬┐Puedo ir a la comunidad?

One of our favorite things to do here at Love & Hope Children’s Home is go to the Platanillo community in Quezaltepeque. Rachel has been ministering to the people there for over seven years, taking food and clothing and doing Sunday School with the little ones. 

It’s not just the missionaries that love going to the Community; the kids like to go too. On Saturday mornings the “regulars” like to gaurantee their spot in the car that will be going to Platanillo in the afternoon:

“¿Vas a ir a la comunidad? ¿Puedo ir?”

“Are you going to the community? Can I go?”

Saturday mornings we prepare everything we need and pack the food we will hand out in Platanillo.

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Some of us help by watching movies.

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We leave Love & Hope at 2:00, stop at the gas station to go to the bathroom at 2:30, and usually arrive in Platanillo by 3:15. Kirsten starts English class right away. The Love & Hope kids are always very helpful, lending their English skills for the benefit of the beginners that come every week.  

At 4:00, Rachel takes over for Sunday School. We sing songs, Rachel gives a Bible lesson, then everyone settles down to color their page for the week. The Love & Hope kids are always eager to hand out the coloring pages, crayons and lap desks to the children in attendance. They sit down and chat with their friends or help the toddlers finish their coloring. When everyone finishes, they also help pass out a snack. 

Around 5:00, we pass out food to the adults and children in attendance. Everyone recieves several bags of rice and whatever other food we have a surplus of at the house. The Love & Hope kids love being the ones to hand the food!

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Going to Platanillo every week is a great family activity for us. It is such a blessing to see our kids so wiling to serve God by serving others!    

¡CINCOKILOMETRO!

On October 6th, the Love & Hope kids ran a symbolic race at Parque Balboa in Los Planes de Renderos, El Salvador. We ran to show our solidarity with and gratitude for those entered in the first ¡cincokilometro! 5k race in Ohio to benefit Love & Hope Children’s Home. We had so much fun!  

We put on our running bibs, drove down to the park and made our way to the starting line. Everyone was excited, but some took it more seriously than others. 

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When Rachel said “Go!” everyone took off sprinting. The adults had to run to catch up to the little ones!

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Even a few of our caregivers and friends ran with us.

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Some of us enjoyed the run by not running.

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We brought along a roll of crepe paper for the start and finish. The little ones loved setting up the finish line for the older kids over and over again.

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We made sure to stay hydrated. 

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At the end, three people from each age group received first, second and third place. The first place winners won gift certificates!

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After the race we relaxed and had lunch. All in all it was a great run and a great morning!

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The following Saturday, October 13th, 70 runners and 50 walkers gathered at Wiegand’s Lake Park in Ohio for the first ¡cincokilometro! 5k run and 1k walk. 

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It was 33 degrees farenheit with hazy sunshine at the starting line of a trail that had never been run before. In fact, the northern portion of the trail was created especially by the Wiegand’s Lake Park staff for ¡cincokilometro! 

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After leaving the starting line, the runners encountered meadows, trails, foot bridges, rolling hills, and colorful forests with the leaves of Geauga County, Ohio at their peak. The runners enjoyed the brand-new course for its difficulty and beauty. 

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Nick Billock of Rootstown, Ohio was the first champion, establishing the course record at a fast (for a trail run) 22 minutes and 30 seconds!

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After the race, Kelly Moore had a few moments to share with the runners and walkers about the ministry of Love & Hope Children’s Home. Meanwhile, those who came out for the race were provided with hot food and snacks by the Wiegand’s Lake staff.   

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The top three men and top three women finishers received winners certificates and a pound of Salvadoran coffee! 

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Next year’s race has already been scheduled for October 12th, 2013 at Wiegand’s Lake Park in Novelty, Ohio! 

Thank you to Mark Zimmerman for organizing ¡cincokilometro!, Wendy Wiegand and family for donating their facilities to the event (seen below with a running bib signed by the Love & Hope kids), and the AME International advisory board for donating their time to volunteer at the race! Over $2000 was raised for Love & Hope Children’s Home!

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Motorcycle Ride

On September 23rd in Brecksville, Ohio about ten bikers joined together for the “First Annual Motorcycle Ride for Love & Hope Children’s Home.” Despite the cold weather and periods of rain, about 10 bikers and lots of family and friends rallied together for both a motorcycle ride and dinner presentation. In all, about 40 people enjoyed motorcycles, terrific food, and a presentation about Love & Hope. 

Sincere thanks goes out the hosts, Tim and Cindy Smith. It was Tim’s vision to put on the event, and he did a great job of organizing the riders, while Cindy put out a spread that was delectable.

In total, over $1,100 was raised and one new additional child sponsor was made. Praise God! We are so appreciative of the overwhelming financial generosity and the giving of people’s time to attend this first annual ride. As always, it is so encouraging to see people coming out to support Love & Hope or to hear about it for the first time! 

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Children’s Day

Monday, October 1st was Children’s Day here in El Salvador. The kids looked forward to special days at school full of parties, games, sugar, and crazy hats.

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We enjoyed a special breakfast Monday morning: waffles with whipped cream and chocolate syrup!

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For dinner, Mandy made baked chicken and V, our cook, made french fries. We enjoyed them with all the toppings!

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Wednesday evening, our local board joined us for dinner. We had pupusas with loroco. They were delicious and we enjoyed some fun fellowship!

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Happy Children’s Day!

“Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, but Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.’” – Matthew 19:13-14