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January 2013

Lulu’s six month birthday and first food!!

8391399236_650e1f6d2fIt’s been a great privilege to watch Lulu grow. We give thanks to God for such a beautiful opportunity. Yesterday, we gave her her first food, cooked blended vegetables. She loved it!

Here you can see the pictures of her eating.

We love you little Lulu!

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Bethany

232C4135Hi, I’m Bethany and I’m the new volunteer here at Hope for Tomorrow Children’s Home. I am 17-years-old and just finished high school in December. I left my home in Kansas to come volunteer here for 6 months. About two years ago, I felt God call me to take a semester off of school and seek Him. So, I decided to graduate early from high school and take my spring semester to do whatever it was He was calling me to. I spent a lot of time prayerfully considering what exactly I should do. I made up my mind many times, felt called to many different things, and prayed many prayers that seemed to go unanswered before I got a clear calling: Hope for Tomorrow Children’s Home. I was 6 months away from graduating and was preparing to apply for an internship at the International House of Prayer in Kansas City, when my mother met Jennifer, one of the founders. With my love for children and desire to be an early childhood teacher, it seemed like the perfect opportunity. I spent even more time in prayer, knowing committing to this would be crazy and difficult. I had never left the country before and was about to agree to go to this unknown place for 6 months. But, God gave me peace and filled me with joy and love for the kids even before and got here.

Sarai and me on my first day with the kids.

Sarai and me on my first day with the kids.

The moment I arrived here in Guatemala, I knew it was a place I could call home. Although there have been a few bumps along the way, I’m getting used to it here. It’s far from my home in Kansas (literally) but it’s my home for now.

Everyday I come to the children’s home at around 8 in the morning and go home at around 7 at night. I eat lunch and dinner here with the kids, which reminds me (although it is very different) of family dinners back home. After dinner, one of the moms walks me to my dorm, so I don’t have to walk alone. The kids started school on Wednesday, which means only the little ones are here in the morning for preschool. I will be teaching an English class to the preschool kids Monday-Thursday for 30 minutes and helping the teacher out with anything she needs during the rest of the day. Then when the older kids come home, I will help them with their homework, etc. I’m really excited but also really nervous. I’ve never had so much responsibility before. But, I know that it’s not me leading these children, it’s God through me. I know that He is the head of this operation and he is going to inspire and encourage me and I’ll pass that along to the kids.

Lidia and me

Lidia and me

The kids have welcomed me with open arms. Their hugs and kisses are the things that keep me going. It is so awesome to see all the love they have to give. Not just to me, but to each other, the moms, and most importantly God. There is so much love in this home and it’s so extremely obvious to tell. My favorite part of the day is praying with the kids before a meal. Each kid waits until all the food is brought out, then they all hold hands and one of them says the prayer. Although I can’t understand most of it, I do hear them praying and thanking God for each of their mothers and praying for the sick and the homeless. Their prayers aren’t just “Thank you God for this food” but they’re real and genuine. And from the heart of a child. I already know God has so much in store for me and these kids for next six months and I’m so excited to see all the amazing things He’ll do.

-Bethany

Morehead Service Trip

DSCF6068At the beginning of the month a group of students from Morehead University in Kentucky came down on a service trip. They spent their first day here with kids and had tons of fun activities planned for them. When the kids arrived, they were each given name tags and visors to decorate and wear for the day. While all the kids enjoyed stamping, coloring, and covering their nametags in stickers, some of the kids decided they didn’t need a visible name, just tons of stickers to represent who they are. After making nametags, the students split the kids up by age to play games. While that worked for a little bit, most of the kids just wanted to do everything!

They challenged each other to a game of basketball, swung on the swing set, jumped rope, tossed Frisbees, and played with a variety of different toys. Some of the kids even ventured to get their hands dirty in a tub of oobleck (a mixture of corn starch and water). After lunch, it started to get chilly so the kids came inside to find a plethora of other new games to play. Some played Twister while others made balloon animals. Still others made friendship bracelets with their new friends they had made that day and gave them to each other to wear so they would never forget the wonderful day they had. When all the games were done, the kids went back outside for a goodbye celebration with film canister rockets. They all were amazed when their rockets took off high in the air! Although it was sad to say goodbye, everyone went home with huge smiles on their faces!

Here are some pictures of the kids’ fun day with Morehead!

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A Very Merry Christmas

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Thanks to a generous supporter, this Christmas was wonderful for our children.  Each child got a great present, and for the first time, none of the children complained that someone else got something bigger, or better! =)  But most important, this Christmas was special because our family has grown so big.  What an incredible experience to see the excitement of 15 children all at once and to have them literally jump on you to show you the present they received.  The joy that was in the home on Christmas Eve was special and a great reminder of the purpose of our ministry: bringing joy and hope to the hearts of children through the love of Christ.

Enjoy the pictures of our Christmas celebration!

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