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Many Thanks from Honduras
Children from the public school in La Vertud, Honduras, show the markers that the children of Cottonwood Middle School provided for them. Mrs. Judy Leeper, substitute teacher at CMS, took these markers with her on a trip this summer.
8/9/2012 3:14:00 PM
When Judy Leeper moved to Cornville five summers ago, she had been involved in leading mission trips for Maranatha Volunteers international from California.
She still wanted to be involved in mission trips, but she didn't know if there was enough interest in the area to have one just for the people of Verde Valley. Because of that she continued to go on trips but went with others instead of leading them. Since 2009 she went to Quirihue, Chile; Chiapas, Mexico; Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe; and Olanchito, Honduras.
However, she really enjoyed leading groups to various places in the world, so for the summer of 2012 she decided that she would organize a Maranatha/Verde Valley Mission Trip. There were six others from the Verde Valley that wanted to go with her but for various reasons, they all had to cancel. She advertised through the Marantha organization and was able to recruit a group of 35 people.
Another different thing she wanted to do was to encourage the children of CMS, who were aware of her trips and seemed to show interest in them, to become involved with students in another country by providing funds for markers and crayons for the public school children of La Vertud, Honduras, whom she would be working with. There are approximately 135 children in grades K-6.
This project raised $129, and the last markers were bought three days before she left for Honduras. Even though the Back to school sale was not actually on yet, markers had been reduced to only 50 cents a box. This helped to make the last 25 boxes of markers possible.
While the group was in Pena Blanca, Honduras, June 27-July 9, they build three One-Day Schools and helped to complete two others. These classrooms are on a 12-grade campus and will be used as bilingual or technology classrooms. Approximately a third of the participants held medical clinics in three places, seeing over 500 patients, and held a dental clinic in one place for two days, seeing 51 patients. Nightly health meetings were held, and the programs for the school children.
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