News About Wilson
The latest news about WILSON... 9-19-07
It has been a long time since I have written any news about Wilson. I can't believe it's been almost two years since we went to Honduras for his high school graduation.
He emails me and calls me every few months. Our phone conversations usually last about 15-20 minutes and the communication is quite good. He seems to be practicing his English, so the preferred language is both Spanish and English.
We had him set up to attend a college called UNA which was located fairly close to El Sembrador. It was nice for me in that my missionary friends were going to help disperse his fees so I did not have to wire money via Western Union. This isn't always a safe venue for sending money.
Unfortunately, he did not make his grades and the scholarship he had was withdrawn. His academic abilities are limited and applying himself with a good, learning environment does not come easily for him. My beliefs are that he did not apply himself nor did he study. I think he was more interested in the cute librarian than his books!
I had to make a difficult decision about funding another school for him to attend. Deciding that going back to his hometown, San Pedro Sula on the northern coast, getting a job, and trying to support himself might help him realize what he really wanted to do with his life. (We had been through this same scenario with our youngest son) It seemed right to me that I would not support him at this time….that he needed to be on his own and see what he was made of. I think it's called "tough love". It was devastatingly difficult for me to do this, but I had complete support from missionary friends. I wrote him a very long letter which was translated into Spanish. I was not sure if he would still want to talk to me, but he did! This was in May of 2006.
He headed back to San Pedro Sula, got a job and lived at home for a while.
I recently heard from him at the end of August. We had a great talk and I found out many new things.
He is going to be a father in December! He is living with his girl friend named Yadira, who is 27 years old. He will be 23 on Dec. 23rd. He is working in some kind of job with dairy products. I'm not sure what exactly he does, but he likes the job. It costs him about 1.00 each way to take a 20 minute bus ride to work. He brings home $50 a week in salary, pays $23 a month rent for a small room with a TV. They share a bathroom which is down the hall. Yadira is 5 months pregnant, does not work and is getting along well. There was no talk of marriage, I didn't ask and he didn't say. This is fairly common practice in Honduras. Many times the women have several children by the same man and never marry. Even so, I wish he would marry. He said his hair is very long because he can not afford a haircut. Apparently Yadira's brother lives in Indiana somewhere, not sure where. He would let me know. He has sent me an address which doesn't seem complete. They are renting this room from Yadira's uncle. I'm not comfortable sending money thru the mail, the crime is too prevalent here.
This is the latest I know. I will try to keep you informed as I hear any news.
At this point, I have no plans to travel there. It makes me very sad that I don't know when or IF I will see him again. Before when he was at El Sembrador, I had a safe refuge in that the school was secure and I had friends to pick me up at the airport. I don't have this luxury any more. I always pray that someday I can see him and his child again. I have such wonderful memories, journals and pictures to refresh me from each of 8 trips. Hearing "I love you" from him at the end of the call, holds me over to the next time…
As I promised, here is a picture of Wilson. He has just come out of the church, probably on Sunday morning. The light blue shirt and navy pants are the uniform the boys wear to church. They also attend services on Wednesday evenings. I think you'll agree, Wilson is a very handsome young man! I always say to him, "Muy guapo!" which means, "very handsome"! My parties went extremely well in Wisconsin last weekend. I met some tremendous women who seemed to enjoy my story. As I told them, if someone told me I had to present a speech, I would say no thank you! But talking about my mission experiences and this business is a different story. I think its easier to share something that is your passion. For so many reasons, this business is my passion. I hope I get a chance to meet you so you will feel the passion from me!
As always, Julie
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