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    9:15 & 10:45

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This is El Sembrador

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Catacamas, Honduras

After travelling from a busy and crowded city, it seems as though El Sembrador is in the middle of nowhere. The dusty road leading to the school is well traveled by trucks and bikes, but few homes line the street. And then when it seems as though the bus has traveled to the end of the world, a sign is spotted on the horizon: El Sembrador (The Sower). Compared to the brown of a Northern Indiana winter, the colors of the campus seem too vibrant, as if they were manufactured with fluorescent shades of green and pink and blue and yellow. At El Sembrador, the gardening and grounds staff work diligently every day to maintain this luscious haven off the dirt road.

This is El Sembrador.

This is a school that teaches both the theoretical and the practical to 126 students. Grades seven through eleven fill the classrooms, eager to learn. Most of these students come from extreme poverty, only able to be educated here because of sponsors who have caught the vision of what God can do through the work of the teachers and the staff at El Sembrador. Many students come from homes constructed from tin roofs and dirt floors. Many come from broken homes and big responsibilities. Yet, this is not what defines them. Rather, they are defined by their hard work and diligence in their studies. Despite the challenges they face, they eagerly seek opportunity.

This is El Sembrador.

Some of the kids commute from their homes in the nearby city of Catacamas. About 86 students live on campus as residents. Although the classrooms are filled with both boys and girls, only the boys live in the dorms on campus. They live together; they work together; they study together. With the help of school counselors and pastors they grow into young men together.

Every Wednesday, everyone in the school begins their day at 7:00 a.m. with chapel. Lifting their voices together, they worship the Lord through song and hear a message from one of the pastors on staff or a guest speaker. Not every student who comes to El Sembrador is a follower of Christ. They come from a variety of backgrounds, but in the course of their time at the school, they will have learned what it means to accept Jesus. Because of the investment of the teachers, pastors and staff at El Sembrador, many do come to accept Jesus as their Savior.

This is El Sembrador.

The school day ends at 1:00 p.m. Those who don’t live on campus travel back to their homes on the bus. For the 86 boys who live at the school, they eat lunch and gather in the plaza to receive their work assignments. The school is all about holistic education, equipping the boys in the classroom and in vocational skills that can help them get a job later in life.

Some boys head to the field to work with the crops. Some head to the barn to milk the cows. Some head to the hog project to work with the pigs. Others head to the kitchen to make tortillas for dinner. The campus stretches for miles, and the work projects are numerous. As they work, the boys are trained. The adults who work with them intentionally teach and instruct them how to do what they are doing. It’s all about passing down skills to the next generation, transforming the next generation of leaders in Honduras.

This is El Sembrador.

The campus goes quiet for about an hour and a half in the evening. During this time, the boys study and do their homework. But at 7:30 p.m., the sound of running feet, shouting, laughter and games can be heard from the gate at the entrance all the way to the cow barn at the back of the campus. Boys challenge each other in volleyball, soccer, foosball and arm wrestling. Every evening is filled with friendly banter and competition. After studying and working hard together, friendships are forged as they play together.

This is El Sembrador.

El Sembrador is more than a school. It’s more than a farm.

El Sembrador is a place that offers a way out of the poverty cycle, providing opportunities for the students who are willing to do the hard work of learning and growing. It’s a place that is transforming lives.

This is El Sembrador.