I just wanted to begin by sharing a little bit about my heart for the orphans in Guatemala. For those of you who don't know, I have 3 younger adopted siblings (2 of which are from Guatemala). My first visit to Guatemala was to visit my sister Kenzie who is now 6 years old. She wasn't in an orphanage, but each time we would go down there, we always made sure to visit the orphanage known now as "Dorie's Promise." My second visit there was one I will never forget. This visit was just with my mom and older sister. We played with the kids, sang songs with them, and handed out little candies and stickers to them. When we had to leave, the kids were getting ready for nap time. One little three year old girl was sitting in her top bunk and would not let go of me as I was hugging her goodbye. She kept saying something to me and all I could say back was "Te amo," which means I love you in Spanish. Finally, we walked out of their room and our translator told me what she kept saying to me. She was saying, "Will you please take me home with you?" Tears automatically ran down my face....and all I wanted to do was go back and love on her some more. I found out that something was wrong with her paperwork and she had been waiting to be adopted now for 2 years by a family. She ended up being adopted 2 more years after that, which is such an answer to prayer. I will never forget her precious little face looking at me that day. I knew right away that God was moving in my heart and I am so thankful for that special, life-changing memory. Unfortunately today, adoption is shut down in Guatemala. Thousands of orphans are being thrown into government run orphanages and these children are not getting the love they deserve. The people of Guatemala need strength, hope, and most of all...Christ's love.
I had been to Guatemala 4 times visiting/bringing home my 2 youngest sisters, but had the amazing opportunity to actually get to do a full missions week this past March. It was such a blessing to be able to serve the country that my sisters are from. One morning down there, our leader said they usually have a few volunteers in the summer time and asked if I was interested. Once again, I started crying and knew that was exactly what God wanted me to do. I am leaving tomorrow on this 5 week journey and I cannot wait to allow God to do amazing things!
Because of His Love,