Our cows broke the fences one too many times. Even the Mennonites have limited patience when livestock wipe out corn fields. We were planning on ridding the farm of adult cows anyway, but we actually took some steps towards that today. A man came and tested cows for pregnancy. Whatever cows are pregnant have until their calves are birthed and weaned. The rest are hamburger.
We are really short on help with child care right now. I am going with Gerardo for both his weekly dialysis trips, which leaves Paula alone to care for our children, a couple of the boys, school all six, pick up little boys from the bus at the highway, take our girls to ballet and deal with all the farm business and walk-ups asking for handouts. So, she is a bit stressed.
Aside from all that, there is an increase in violent crime in Honduras. We hear of wealthy people fleeing to the USA for fear of kidnappings etc. I still hold that the former president sabotaged the economy by doubling the minimum wage in a year. In doing so, he put a lot of people out of work. Without work, people are desperate to feed themselves and families.
Walter came home from the academy this weekend very worried about superior officers selling themselves out to organized crime. The military is looking for evidence of bribery among the troops and officers. They believe things are happening, including collusion with foreign drug cartels, that all but requires cooperation with military officers.
Locally, our church has taken on the task of feeding lunch to over 120 children on a daily basis. This is very difficult task for all involved. You would not know that there were so many malnourished children in one area, but they come out of the woodworks for these meals every day.
So in the words of our good friend, Bob Ham, good's going to get a lot better, bad's going to get a lot worse. In other words:
The Parable of the Weeds
Jesus told them another parable:
“The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field."
But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.
“The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’
“‘An enemy did this,’ he replied.
“The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’
“‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’”