In July some of the students from Lesly's (Maria's daughter who also volunteers in the Milk Project...who will also graduate from high school this year after much hard work on her part, and her mother's part over the years) school came to serve with the Milk Project.
Those studying finance making a fruit salad for the kids, and those studying health giving classes related to such to the kids. This makes the first group of Hondurans coming to serve in the Milk Project, a very exciting thing that will hopefully not be the last.
More hands make the load easier as the saying goes, and we are praying about seeking funding to add another full time staff member to the Milk Project in the future. The needs of managing and loving the kids, and the families, is something Maria does extremely well, but there is certainly room for more help. There is a psychologist that comes up once a week now to volunteer, still getting to know the kids, but hopefully in the future can help with some of the particular issues the kids face.
Maria has also been trying to be a marriage counselor, not something she was particularly seeking, but in this case it involved one of our volunteers wanting to leave her husband for a new lover. What surprised me even more than hearing that was that the husband was willing for her to continue to live in their home, being separated but for her to still be there in one house to be there for the children (seen here to the right in the picture.) The desires to leave were strong though, and now a dad tries to work and care for the kids as best he can. Normally we see this same situation flipped around.
This situation is not unique to Honduras of course. How to serve these children and families, all involved? How to love them enough and correctly? These are daily battles to fight. Spiritual fruit is like fruit salad...it is time consuming, messy, you might get hurt, comes in pieces...and is beautiful when it comes together in the end.