Friday, October 17, 2014

There’s something really special about a kid who has come full circle, a kid who was once the one being helped, but is now helping others. I can’t help but feel that way when I am around these precious kiddos. Their hearts amaze me. They had everything against them, every reason to hurt and to hurt others. If anyone had an excuse it was them. But that’s not who they are. 

They see others and they have compassion. 

They look for the outcasts and they include them. 

They identify the desperate and give them hope. 


They notice the poor and they share what they have. 


They recognize the hurting and show them love. 

That’s who they are, and I couldn’t be more proud. 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

That's what friends do.

This is my friend Alisia.

 (Photo courtesy of her big sister who wants to be a photographer.)

Alisia and her 3 older siblings live in Chixolis where we deliver food each week. Whenever the see the 15 passenger vans drive through they run outside yelling my name. I yell back for them, and they latch onto my side proudly trailing the group throughout their village.

Alicia and her siblings are being raised by their widowed grandmother in a simple house with no electricity and one shared bed. They have been abandoned and are normally cared for by whatever neighbor is around because their grandmother is old and has bad vision.

But they are my friends now.

Every week we bring them extra cookies along with their weekly food basket and every week they take me around introducing me to new friends and teaching me about the plants they grow. I teach them new English words and encourage them to be whatever God wants them to be. They tell me about their favorites ice cream and warn me about how to avoid the dogs. We laugh together as we walk hand in hand and take funny pictures, pausing to pray for a neighbor or a friend.

Last week before we said good-bye they told me that I'm no longer a gringa- a foreigner. They told me that I may be lighter than them, but they accept me as one of them.

That's what friends do. 

Friday, June 20, 2014

Love changes everything.

"I know it was wrong, but I just wanted someone to love me. My mom and dad never did."

I sat at a table across from her looking into her eyes. She was so young, but so tired and worn. I could see the pain wearing on her tiny body. How could anyone have tried to hurt her?

Some things don't make sense to me. I don't think I will ever understand why someone would abuse a child in this way, but its not my job to know. Its not my job to sit around asking questions. Its my job to act and to change things. 

We can't make a difference in the life of everyone, but for one- her life was changed because she has found the Father who will always love her, more than she will ever know.

When Michel first came to Village of Hope she told me that her mom went to church, but that she didn't want to turn out like her mom did. She didn't want anything to do with Jesus. 

Last week, Michel was baptized. 

Love changes everything.
"We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty." - Mother Teresa

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Worth the Wait.

So many people want to settle into something that has already been established.

It the easy thing to do.

To just magically appear into the pre-cleared out promised land.

To move into the house that's already built and furnished.

To serve at the ministry that is already started and supported.

To marry the man that already has his careers and life plans figured out.

To preach to the congregation that is already there.

To work at the company that is already running.

None of those are bad things.

In fact, they're all really good.

But lately, God's been teaching me that some things are worth the effort, and sometimes the rewards are so much bigger if you wait, and work for them, and build with them.

So many times throughout the bible and especially in the old testament we can see examples of times when God promised something, yet for a long time, nothing seemed to be happening.

Its so easy to give up during those times, doubting ourselves and doubting God.

"Surely I must have make a mistake."

"Maybe God didn't really tell me that."

"God must have shut that door."

"Did He forget about me?"

Waiting is hard, especially for someone like me who doesn't have much patience. 

God easily could have brought the Israelites from Egypt to the promised land in a matter of minutes, but 40 years of waiting and praying made it so much more valuable when the goal was finally reached.

Joseph was sold into slavery and imprisoned for 13 years. God easily could sent him to the King immediately, but those 13 years were used to prepare him and teach him. Because of the wait, his story is so much more amazing. The wait made it so much more valuable. 

It could have been so much easier for my family to serve at a ministry that was already founded and funded, but being at Village of Hope since the very start and being a part and seeing it come together makes it so much more rewarding when we see lives changed. Because we know where we come from.

Some things might are easy to give up on, but if you stick through with it. It will be so much more valuable in the end.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Small things.

Some days I'm floating on clouds. I can't believe I get to live this life, yet other days I just want to go back to being comfortable. I'm not sure those feeling will ever go away- no matter how long I live here- but through all of the hard times I have seen God move mountains.

Lately, we have been attacked at every angle, and that excites me. It excites me because I know that every time Satan starts moving, God moves more. Its been hard and many times I have thought about giving up, but I won't quit. I know what lies ahead for me. I know who wins. So I celebrate the small victories like when Yesenia starts calling her houseparents mommy and daddy

and when Andres gets his first tooth

when Carlos learns to forgive

when Jessica realizes she never has to be alone

when Michel hears her baby's heart beat for the first time

when Vilma learns to write her name

when Stefany gets up the courage to dance for the Lord

when Griselda takes communion

and when Kimberly understands that she is valuable. 

The Holy Spirit is working here and lives are being changed, even when it hurts- not all at once, but through the small things. So I choose to praise Him.

Monday, March 17, 2014

“We must know that we have been created for greater things, not just to be a number in the world, not just to go for diplomas and degrees, this work and that work. We have been created in order to love and to be loved.” -Mother Teresa

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Give future.

 When you give up your lunch and give to someone else, you are not only helping provide a year of education, you are giving something that will last much longer than that. You are giving a child that has lost all hope the chance to move forward.

You are giving the little girl who was gang raped the chance to forget her past and build a future.

You are giving the 13 year old mother the chance to learn how to provide for her child.

You are giving the 16 year old deaf boy the chance to learn to communicate.

You are giving the girl who was locked in a room for 6 years the chance to heal.

You are giving the burn victim the chance to show his face without fear of judgement.

You are giving the prostitute's daughter the chance to break  the cycle and be the first to work for something better.

You are giving the 16 year old second grader the chance to learn at her own pace without being embarassed.

You are giving the 6 year old severely abused boy the chance to learn in a safe environment.

You are giving future. You are giving life.

Let me share with you the story of David. Since David was just two years old he has lived in an institution. Because of the scars on his face, he has always been made fun of by the other students, making him not want to go to school and not want to learn. Now, he is thriving. He loves being homeschooled and learning in a place where he feels comfortable.In order to be able to afford for David to continue his homeschooling we need your help. Can you spare your lunch to give kids like David a chance?

"John replied, "If you have two shirts, give one to the poor. If you have food, share it with those who are hungry."- Luke 3:11

 Join me in giving up your lunch to invest in a child like David. You can make a difference that will last a lifetime. All it takes is One Day-One Lunch.

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