Well, as I've been thinking and praying about these sweet children and the amazing people I meet down here, I wonder how some of these people can still make it through each and every day of their lives. They are facing abandonment, abuse, death, poverty, and so much more, but yet most of them are still pressing onward. The orphans here at Dorie's Promise may not have their individual places to call their home, but they all find their home in Jesus and that is what is so special about this orphanage. They are being taught where they can find their true home. The Bible talks about how we are all orphans and need to allow Him to be the center of our lives. John 14:18-20 says, "I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before long, the world will not see my anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you will also live. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you." As we continue to learn more about His unconditional love, it will be that much easier to find our home in Him.
I have had a busy few days so will try to hit the highlights:) A few nights ago will be something I'll never forget. Desi, Joel, Erin, and I decided to go get tacos later on in the evening. We had two kids that Joel and Desi had previously given their leftovers to before, so they came begging for food. We allowed them to sit with us and ordered them food. They told us that they had to hide in that restaurant at night while their parents tried to sell things on the streets because the police continually drove by harrassing them to send them to the government orphanage if they did not stay close to their parents. What a horrible fear to have to live with each and every night while your parents are out trying to make a living. We ordered them milk while they were waiting for their food, and just to see the joy that a glass of milk brought to their faces, melted my heart. It's moments like this where I know that God is working and has a reason for everything...He knew He would use just us taking a simple break from the orphanage food to glorify Him:) "Learning to recognize everyday miracles and unexpected encounters just might lead us into a life lived on earth as it is in Heaven."
Some of you may find this humorous that I've been playing a good amount of soccer down here...me being such an athletic person and all. Haha. We went to the ghetto a few days ago and had a huge soccer game...us American girls verses the Guatemalan ladies....Gringas won!! We also had our weekly missions group pinata party with the kids of the ghetto, which is so much fun to be a part of. The community in the ghetto is so amazing; even though they are so poor, they work together to help each other out. We got to deliver more food baskets to some families there as well and pray with them for their families. It really makes you think twice about complaining on a "bad" day of yours after hearing their life stories and what they have to go through to provide for their families. I also got to play soccer with the sweetest special needs kids at the government run orphanage....oh my goodness, I wish I had videos of this. They were absolutely precious; getting sooo excited when they got the ball and even more when they scored! I got lots of hugs that day and loved every bit of it. One special needs girl comes up to each missions group and says,"Please take me home with you...I'll wash your underwear and serve you beer." I know that is so sad, but it was also so adorable. My team's goalkeeper was in a wheelchair and would just hysterically laugh every time someone scored a goal on him! I can't wait to go back to see these kids next week. They are in need of alot of love.
Then yesterday and today we've done work projects in the morning and stations with the kids here at the orphanage in the afternoon. We used our lovely painting skills to paint some rooms here at the orphanage and then today we shoveled and chizeled lots of dirt/rock for a house being built in the ghetto. (just thought you'd all like to know that I was making the Guatemalan women laugh by the way I was shoveling) haha. The afternoons have been so fun doing crazy different things with the kids here. Tonight Desi and I got to take our daughters up to our bath to bathe them, get them in their jammies, and let them get some individual attention. Oh I love being a mom and am going to pray pray pray until adoptions open up here!!
I guess I just want to encourage ya'all to take some time and with Jesus today and make sure you are allowing Him to live and you and allowing yourself to find your home in Christ.
OH and just so you all know that I am not as much of a baby as you may think, there was a tirantula in the kitchen of the orphanage today...I literally fell asleep being thankful that Joel and Desi said there were none around here and then this morning I go for breakfast and they have a nice little tirantula caught in a bowl and they showed it to me...thankfully I brought me some ambien!!
<3 from Guatemala,
|Home from chuch and just hanging around|
|a small little glimpse of what the ghetto looks like|
|one of the families we went and prayed with....and Desi showing off her Guatemalan look(aka no smiling in photos)|
|sweet little brother and sister|
|sisters in the ghetto just playing around|
|my friends from the ghetto who loved making fun of my horrible spanish|
|winning soccer team!!|
|Desi loving on a little girl on our way up from the ghetto|
|Brian and I with my ring made out of playdo...I made him go around calling him mi esposo(my husband)...poor kid|
|WE GOT A NEW LITTLE GIRL TODAY AT THE ORPHANAGE...Maria is 2 1/2 months old...so precious!!|
|Desi and I with our daughters after bath time tonight. We kind of spoil them but thats what mamas are for:)|