"So we take comfort and are encouraged and confidently say, 'The Lord is my helper [in time of need], I will not be afraid.'" (Hebrews 13:6)
Dear Radiate Coalition family,
As we were preparing to share an update about how Honduras had implemented phase 1 of reopening, the country quickly reversed course to an even stricter lockdown. The virus has spread significantly in the central district affecting families in our surrounding communities.
One on the biggest operational challenges we have faced is the shutdown of public transportation, eliminating transportation for 2/3 of our staff. After waiting 90 days to receive the necessary paperwork for our staff to travel via private transport as "essential" workers, the new lockdown measures have now invalidated that authorization. Anyone caught outside of their neighborhood will be arrested and placed in government quarantine, while also facing criminal charges.
Even as we enter another lengthy lockdown, we give thanks for how God has been faithful. The support of our partners has enabled our frontline work to continue, while still supporting the staff unable to commute to work. With zero government unemployment or assistance, staff layoffs or pay reductions would be devastating to their families.
1st day offsite after 90 days of lockdown
Telehealth Group Therapy
After 90 days in lockdown, the 2-week trial reopening did provide a brief opportunity for the girls at Casa de Ester to venture off the property for a nature hike. Although lockdown once again prohibits leaving the property, the girls and staff have found joy in the midst of the trials and are prepared for this next lockdown. The girls are able to spend time outside playing games and sports in the yard. Both schooling and therapy are continuing online via electronic assignments and video calls. The girls have loved devotionals led via zoom calls with stateside partners.
Earlier this year, Radiate Coalition received support to implement an English tutoring program at Casa de Ester. However, plans had to be suspended due to the pandemic. Praise the Lord - He moved a mountain... actually, He moved the English tutor to the mountain! The tutor is now living in our local community, and the girls have started receiving English classes 3-4 times per week.
Futbol in the yard
As we look to the future, stability and consistency are critical to ensure the resources needed to provide excellent care through our Honduras programs. Radiate Coalition currently receives 40% of the funding for Casa de Ester and Casa Legado via monthly recurring donors. Historically, our stateside team and ambassadors have worked to raise the remaining support through single gifts, presentations, events, and special campaigns. For our Honduras programs to thrive and eventually expand, we must increase our monthly recurring support base.
Over the last month, DINAF (Office for Children and Families) have reported a significant increase in cases of abuse, exploitation, and violence. With uncertain times facing the country of Honduras and the world, our ability to respond to this surge of cases - to be a safe harbor and a place of restoration - depends on you. We each have a decision to make: hunker down in the boat as this storm rages, or rise up and rebuke the storm, "Peace! Be still!"
If you are not yet a monthly partner with Radiate Coalition, we encourage you to sign up today. For every girl rescued and restored, there are hundreds of young girls still trapped in the storm of being exploited and victimized with no hope of living in freedom. If you believe the girls of Honduras deserve a life free from abuse and sexual exploitation, we would welcome you to join the Coalition at whatever level of support you can provide. Together, we will Radiate the light of Christ into the darkness.
"He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and He will deliver us again. On Him we have set our hope that He will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many." (2 Corinthians 1:10-11)