Rosalinda will finish up her social service with us in March, and has been recruited to join Dr. Jeff and Rosanne in the OR. She was our first student to try out the public program vs. the private one. Consensus seems to be same results for about the same amount of money!
Raul is in his last year of highschool and gets a stipend to work on the Margarita church maintenance, which allows him to finish his studies. His father is blind. Raul's goal is nursing school!
Anael is beginning his 3rd. year of a 4 year seminary in Siguatepeque. His goal is pastoring. He studies 8 times a year, for 15-18 days each session, then returns to the church to put it into practice!
This past visit the first 2 weeks of January, 2015, we became aware that our friend/househelper of years past was going to be unable to continue sending her 2 little girls to the ministry's bilingual school, El Camino. We made a contract with her to help her with the $70 monthly tuition (combined) for Noelia and Shelby, in which she committed to helping both her 2 and 2 other relatives that attend the school with their studying weekly. This is a big commitment for a single mom who works fulltime.
Each of these young people deserves a book of his own! There is one more scholarship-needy young man, Joni, just turned 17. He will get a blog of his own! Suffice it to say for general scholarship supporters that he began attending a bilingual college prep highschool in the city 2 weeks ago, and if he can handle the load, will do 2 1/2 years to finish up his highschool and then be applying for medical school should the Lord continue to lead him towards that dream.
Dr. Jeff and Roseanne are leaning towards some other scholarships-seeing the need to contemplate other disciplines as necessary, like business. They would also like to see some men scholarshipped to meet ongoing nursing needs.
At present, the cost of nursing school as about $110 monthly for about 2 years. Anael's seminary is about $1500 yearly, Raul's work/study is $700 yearly, Joni's schooling/room and board/tutoring/transportation is about $5000, and the little girls, Noelia and Shelby, need about $70 monthly between them.
So those are our commitments in a nutshell! With Patricia being the only nursing student left with any time to speak of, that commitment is close to completed. There is one other prospect pending need and approval by the committee. As funds are available, we will take on more students.
To those who have made this possible thus far, we are grateful, as is the Hospital!
Our current position with our mission board, Cornerstone International, is long term/part time, so this allows us to still keep our account active for these needs. Any contributions can be send there via online donation (http://www.cornerstoneinternational.org/staff-alden) or still the old address of PO Box 192, Wilmore KY 40390.
Gratefully, John and Penny Alden
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