Spring 2013
A Time for Renewal 
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away, and the new has come. 2 Cor. 5:17
Just as spring is a time for new life and growth on the Earth, we at Emmanuel have been blessed with growth, new opportunities, and fresh life through the merciful hand of God.  We are grateful for the way He has been working through groups, volunteers, and donors to bring about new projects and renewal at Emmanuel. We continue to praise Him for His provision and attention to detail in the lives of our children and look forward to seeing how else He will "grow" us this year.  
Opening of the Scott House

Many hours of labor and love, painting and sewing, cleaning and bed-making, hammering and building, planting and decorating culminated in a beautiful and comfortable, new girls�home. Thanks to many helping hands and generous donations, the Scott House opened at the end of February, with the capacity to house 60 teenage girls at Emmanuel.  The special touches added by the Red Bank Baptist team really have made the dormitory more than a house.  It truly is a home.
New Educational Opportunities

The beginning of the school year brought with it some fantastic opportunities for several of our children.  Four of our older girls are now enrolled in El Centro Artesanal e Industrial para Ciegos (CAIPAC), a boarding school in beautiful Santa Lucia that specializes in education for people with vision impairment.  They join two of our young men, who began studying there last year.  Two of our small boys, who are also visually impaired, have been blessed with the opportunity to attend Escuela para Ciegos Pilar Salinas. It is located in Tegucigalpa.

Although all of the students return to Emmanuel during their vacations, they spend the majority of the year living at the schools, where they attend vocational classes to learn skills that will help them improve their daily lives.  After learning basic life skills and Braille, the older children have the opportunity to choose a workshop where they can focus on learning a trade or career.


Semana Santa


The children experienced a week of relaxation, refreshment, and fun while out of classes during Holy Week.  With the help of staff, volunteers, and our visiting teams, the kids participated in egg hunts, water activities, hikes, camping, campfire cooking, games, and a soccer tournament.  Our week of renewal ended with a church service on Easter, celebrating the resurrection of our precious Lord and Savior.



Teams and Volunteers


January, February, March, and the beginning of this month have brought us new volunteers and several teams.  We are grateful for their dedication to Emmanuel, their energy, and their willingness to serve alongside us. Thank you to Gainesville FUMC, Red Bank Baptist Church, Union University, Whispering Pines Baptist Church, Loudenville Christian School,  Grace Point Church, and Soles 4 Souls for the work you did and for the refreshment and joy you brought with you.


We also send a special thanks to the friends of Emmanuel who work hard to provide continued support by assisting with and sending containers throughout the year.  



First Tilapia Harvest


Last year, Emmanuel was blessed with the addition of a Tilapia-raising facility. The first Talapia harvest resulted in approximately 1,700 fish for the children of Emmanuel. It was an exciting time as the kitchens prepared their first meals with the Tilapia and were able to freeze the rest for additional meals.  Several more harvests have taken place, and currently, we have 6,000 Tilapia that are growing and thriving. 


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