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Dear Friends,

July 11, 2011

You might be thinking, “I wonder when the Weltons are going to do another newsletter?” Well, here it is! We now have 6 kids and the oldest just turned 7. We are super busy around our house! We had a two week visit to the States in February to do things like taxes, insurance, doctor’s appointments and rental house repair. Other than that, we had a great time. We loved seeing as many of you as we could. The conclusion is that furlough is not like vacation but more like being a pinball –hit as many things as you can in the short time you’re there! When we got back from the States, we went to immigration to get our long-term residency cards (it took a year to process them). The next step is to get our local driver’s licenses. We heard it’s a simple process, but so far, nothing here has been a “simple process.” When we went to Transito (the local D.M.V.) they said that we have to take a class (in Spanish), take a written test (in Spanish), pass a psychological evaluation (in Spanish) and do a driving test in the city. We don’t have enough vocabulary yet to do the first three, so we’re sort of stuck. We’re trying to get an exception because we work with a benevolent organization, but it’s a tedious process, and only certain people can grant that sort of exception. We’ll let you know how that turns out! rker s ou tsi de g wo ng el wa tchin Olm an & A

Ministry Children

We especially want to update you on the ministry kids. We are always working through issues with each of them, which can be hard. They are beautiful, sweet kids that have been deeply hurt through situations beyond their control. They come from a world of broken homes, neglect, and sin. All of these kids have been abandoned and deep in their hearts they wonder why. At 2, 3, 5 and 7 years old, they can’t express it, but you can see it when you look into their eyes. Our job is to love them and teach them to love Jesus, others, themselves, and to begin to trust us to care for their needs. That sounds straightforward but as you can imagine, life isn’t that way. That is our ministry here, and we want you to know how profoundly your support changes these precious little lives. Each time we bring a child home, they come with no possessions – only a load of hurts. We shudder to think about how thin the thread was that drew them into our house, Ka ti doin g homewo rk and we praise God that He has blessed us with kids to love and such a great group of people here at Rancho Ebenezer to help us love them well. Here is an example of what we see. Olman (3 yrs old) was holding about 5 or 6 cars. He didn’t want to share, but he had so many cars in his hands he couldn’t play with them. All 3 year olds do that, but he already understands that when you get something you have to hold onto it or it will be taken from you. This idea shows itself in various ways, from not being willing to share, to finding other kids’ toys hidden under a bed or in a drawer. They want it, so they take it and hide it so someone doesn’t take it from them. Learning to share, be honest, and trust others are going to be long, difficult lessons for them. Kati, Jesse &

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Ministry Life

Several of you have asked for examples of what life is like here. It is very different from the U.S. Sometimes we are advised by the U.S. Embassy that it’s too dangerous to venture into the city because of civil unrest, so we have to wait to get groceries. The lack of safety and unrest is easily illustrated by the prayer requests we hear at church. We go to a church in the city called Impacto. It is in a “safer” neighborhood and thus has many upper class families. Here are some of the typical prayer requests we hear:*”Pray for the.... family, as their son was kidnapped this week

and is being held for ransom.” (In Honduras, it can be very dangerous to be “wealthy”.)*“Pray for the....family as the mother and baby were swept away this week in a flash flood in the market. The mother’s body was found but the child is still missing.”* “Pray for the.... family. Their 16 year old daughter went to a soccer field to watch some friends play, and never returned.”

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Along those lines, one of the security guards at Rancho Ebenezer went to a medical appointment in the city in March, and never returned. His body was found in mid-May, and the family is still waiting


for the police to release it so they can have a funeral for him. We pray for protection and thank God each time we go in and out of the city of Tegucigalpa safely. It is actually a very dangerous place. We live on the edge of our seats with random power outages, too. Power goes down no less than 2 times a week and sometimes 5 or 6 times a day. Sometimes we’re in the R oa d re pa middle of bathing the babies or worse – changing a poopy diaper – and the house goes ir completely dark. The funny thing is that these kids are so accustomed to it that they don’t react. They just wait for us to find a light and finish what we were doing. When we were in the States on furlough,we had a 2 minute power outage and we noticed that our family didn’t stop talking or act any differently, but all of our friends looked around like, “What just happened?” It’s funny the things you realize you once took for granted. Another strange thing is the inconsistency of products. One day every store has tomato sauce and Cheerios and the following week nobody has any. Some days we go to buy diesel fuel and the station attendant says, “Sorry, we don’t have any.” This could be because they don’t have any or that they heard fuel prices are going up and want to save their fuel to make more money. It’s not very honest, but it’s just how life is here. Buyer beware has a whole new meaning, and you learn not to let your tank get too empty. Com mon stree t-side market In late March and early April the mountain we live on was covered with little fires. It was dry season, and it is customary for farmers to burn their fields to help prepare the soil for the next crop. Sometimes a fire gets out of control and really does some damage. We had a pretty serious forest fire that came right up to the edge of our property and miraculously stopped there. We had men watching it around the clock and working to clear the ground at our property line to make a fire break. Not one thing on our property was burned. We see it as another example of how God is always protecting the work we’re doing Fire at our prop erty line with the kids here at Rancho Ebenezer. We didn’t have to evacuate, and we didn’t even have to close the school a single day. God truly is good all the time!

Thank You

We know you’ve heard it before, but we want to say it again – thank you all for your faithful prayer and financial support. The work we’re doing with these little ones is so important! In this newsletter, we have shared with you some of the struggles and challenges of life in Honduras. Our ministry kids come from an environment with these hardships and many more. As adults, they will eventually return to a culture where struggles for safety, security, and even the basics of food and shelter are common. We are so grateful for the opportunity to teach them about their Heavenly Father who loves them, knows their needs, and can be trusted to provide for them. We truly appreciate your partnership with us that provides for the emotional, physical, and spiritual growth of these precious kids. May they grow strong in the knowledge and love of the Lord! He loves these kids and we can see evidence of that every time we open our eyes here at the ranch.

“but Jesus said,‘Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.’”Matthew 19:14

Blessings in Christ, Jim, Wendy, Jesse, Alex, Kati, Eunice, Olman & Angel


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