Chats with the spratts 4th quarter 2013 and 1st quarter 2014 page order
SprattsJohn and Madonna
Normanda Christian Church
c/o Mrs. Larry Alderfer
P.O. Box 8
Tipton, IN 47072
John & Madonna Spratt
P.O. Box 89
Honduras, Central America
Cell Phone: 011-504-98596475
4th Quarter, 2013 and 1st Quarter, 2014
We do apologize for being so late with another newsletter.
Our only excuse is that we are getting older and slower!
John had been having pain and swelling in his
right knee for some time, so we arranged an ap-
pointment with Dr. Benitez, an Orthopedic Surgeon
recommended by our friends, Chepe and Chela
Canahauti. The surgeon who did Madonna’s knee
replacements is getting older and later we learned
he was sick. Dr. Benitez arranged for John to have
arthroscopic surgery on February 28th. He allowed
Madonna to be in surgery, and it was interesting to
see via a television-like screen how he went inside
the knee to clean out the cartilage. He gave us some
as a souvenir. John did well and we came home
the following day. We couldn’t make our first ap-
pointment after the surgery due to our road being
blocked with water across it in places and the buses
were on strike, too. Madonna removed the one su-
ture and we finally saw the doctor again on March
17th. Dr. Benitez was pleased with how John was
walking, put a knee brace on, told him to stop us-
ing the cane, continue exercising on the stationary
bicycle and to walk more. John’s pain is much less
and he continues to do well. Thanks to all of you
Christmas Eve Service
Once again, Madonna had help from some of the
young Christian girls from the congregation in mak-
ing the popcorn balls. Our friends, Chepe and Chela
nated the ap-
ples and we
balls to share
and the build-
ing was full to overflowing with some standing at the
back. The youth did several dramas that the people al-
ways enjoy. And, to make room for more people, some
of the children sat on the steps in front of the pulpit.
Hermano Marlon Velasquez gave the Christmas mes-
sage this year.
(See more pictures on top of page 2.)
Angie Czrolina, Keiri, Nolvia and Quelin,
the young ladies who helped Madonna
make popcorn balls.
Hermano Reyno presiding at the Christmas Eve Service. The youth doing one of their dramas.
The many children sitting on the steps in front of the pulpit. Marlon Velasquez preaching.
At the end of the service, Marvin Jimenez and Zaira Lara
dedicated their new baby girl to the Lord. They asked Madon-
na to stand with them and she shared a scripture from Psalm
27. Marlon Velasquez, Marvin’s uncle, also participated.
Marvin Velasquez, Madonna, Zaira Lara, holding their daughter,
Marlon Velasquez and Reyno Hernandez, our minister.
How About Some Iguana
A treat for the Honduran people is iguana,
and Yeilson, one of our young Christian men,
a big one for
his family to
tried it once
and it wasn’t
too bad, but
that she want-
ed to eat again.
Yeison Jimenez with the big
iguana he caught.
Can You Find The Pick-up?
One day when we were traveling in San Pedro Sula, we saw
this pick-up loaded down with bags of plastic soda bottles.
This is a common sight as we travel to the city. They sell the
plastic bottles for recycling.
A pick-up loaded with plastic bottles.
Emily is the daughter of Oscar and Bessie
Avilez de Romero and a joy to her family. She
entertains us at Sunday School. One day she
kept circling around the minister as he was
teaching the Sunday School lesson. Need-
less to say, the little ones aren’t disciplined
in church. She is the granddaughter of Her-
M a d o n -
Gilma. Emily Romero
The women continue to meet each
Thursday afternoon. Recently we met
at Hermana Eva’s home. She had been
sick with bronchitis and had not been
able to get to Church. The women enjoy
singing at these meetings.
Left to right: Martha Guerrero, Blasina Licona and Alejandrina Castellino.
The Miracle Baby
Idania Velasquez with her son, Junior
Omar, and her daughter, Kendra.
Idania Velasquez had been told
she could not have any more chil-
dren after her daughter, Kendra
was born. But God still provides
miracles and her son, Junior Omar,
is one of those. Her husband,
Omar is in jail for killing a
man in self-defense, so this
is a difficult time for the fam-
ily. Omar is a Christian, but
had a problem controlling
his temper. The good thing
that has come from this is
that he has turned his prob-
lem over to the Lord. Fortunately,
the family of the young man he
killed recognized the problem their
son had and do not blame him. He
is hoping to get out of jail soon.
Madonna holding Junior Omar.
1. For John’s recovery from arthroscopic sur-
gery and for a good doctor.
2. For the good Christmas Eve Service.
3. For Marvin and Zaira dedicating their new
daughter to the Lord.
4. For our faithful Christian women.
5. For the miracle of the birth of Junior Omar.
6. For the blessing of having fresh fruit.
1. Pray that John will continue to do well after his ar-
2. Pray that the church will continue to grow in number and
3. Pray for Omar Diaz that he will be released from jail and
that he will seek God’s forgiveness for taking the life of
4. Pray for Sisi Limas who was recently baptized and for her
family situation. Her parents are separated and have not
been faithful for some time. Pray for Leslie and Anibal.
5. Pray for Maribel Hernandez who suffers from AIDS. She
is back in Church again.
6. Please continue to pray for the salvation of Marco Ale-
jandro, Fredi, Ismael, Lorena, David, Azucena, Japhet,
Marilyn, Eliphat, Fani, Dilcia, Jose Angel, Marlen and
7. Please continue to pray for those who need to return to
the Lord: Gustavo, Antonio, Anibal, Leslie, Dayana and
Yolani.Abundance of fruit.
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