Sitting down to write my last blog post while here in Guatemala, I am filled with a plethora of emotions. I think what I’m feeling right now is the definition of bittersweet. My heart is so overjoyed to be back with my family and friends, but so grieved to be leaving behind the people here. God is again instilling in my heart that we only have these people on Earth for a small amount of time, but He is eternal.
One verse that really struck a chord with me during my time here is something Jesus says to His disciples after His encounter with the rich young ruler. In Luke 18:29 He says, “Truly I tell you…no one who has left home or wife or brothers or sisters or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God will fail to receive many times as much in this age, and in the age to come eternal life.” This verse is such an encouragement to me, that, though I left my home and my family, my desires, and my plans, I am receiving so much more in the comforts of God’s spirit and in having a relationship and communion with Him in this short time on Earth, as well as for eternity! Not only that, but I have had the chance to bless others and be blessed by them in my time here. The kids, the moms, Kenneth, Diana, and everyone I’ve met in my time here have had such a huge impact on who I’ve become in the past 6 months. I have been so blessed to be a part of such a great ministry and can’t wait to see what God does with this connection in the future (I do plan on staying involved and coming back…a lot!!)
While I am continuing to trade my plans and desires for the desire’s of God’s heart, I am so blessed to be returning to my family and home. My longing for my parents and my family during this season has opened my eyes to only a portion of what these precious children feel. That pain I feel when I just want my mom to hold me, when I just want to know that my dad is there to protect me, grieves my heart so much and these children feel that, and more, on a deeper level than I can even imagine. However, I know they have a heavenly father who loves them and cherishes them deeply. Psalm 27:10 says, “Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me.” Though the situations are reversed, both that verse and the verse from Luke end with the hope of God. I leave these kids and this ministry with a heavy heart, but knowing fully that God has great plans for all of us and that this is not the end; I plan on returning to Hope for Tomorrow in the near future and can’t wait to see how the kids grow and flourish in the love of Christ while I am away.
In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. -John 16:33
Dear Hope For Tomorrow friends,
We have some exciting news to share with you and want to ask you to be in prayer for us. As many of you know, for some time our ministry has had the vision of purchasing property for the permanent location of our children’s home. The house we currently occupy is rented and, while we do our best to make the most of the space, we are limited by the size of the house and what we can do with the property.
We have always known that the Lord has brought us specifically to this part of Guatemala City. Not only are we located in a nice and relatively safe part of the city, but we are also less than a block away from a private Christian school, a school for children with special needs (there are only a few in the city), the local university’s physical therapy department, a low cost medical center, a dorm for volunteers, among other important services. This location has everything we could need EXCEPT available property. Close to where we are there are few properties for sale, and those that are, don’t meet our needs. It seemed like we were stuck.
However there is one property in this area that we have had our eye on for the past few years. As we have been praying, we feel that the Lord has been holding this land just for us. The property has a house that is almost twice as big as our current home. There is also a basement area that would quadruple our usable space. But what excites us even more is rest of the property. There is more than 10,000 square feet of additional land that we could use in the future! Amazingly this property is only 1 block away from our current home meaning we would continue to be close to all the services mentioned before.
So over the past few months we have begun the initial process of investigating all the legalities of the land. We have talked with lawyers, engineers, and city architects, to get as much information as possible on the property. Thankfully, everything is in order and the only thing left for us to do is to decide to move forward or not.
This is why we need your prayers. We want to have as many of our friends and supporters praying with us as we seek God’s will for our ministry in this decision. We would like you to be praying specifically for wisdom. Pray that God will show us if we should move forward or not. Everything seems to be coming together. However, with a decision of this magnitude we want to have an army of people praying with us and for us.
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for your continued prayers for our ministry. How wonderful it is to be able to count on people like you in the middle of big decisions like this one!
Please feel free to share this news with other people. The more people praying for us the better!
If you have any questions, comments, insight, or words of wisdom, please feel free to share them with us
The last week in May, we had the pleasure of welcoming Crossroads Baptist Church from Ft. Myers, Florida to our children’s home. The group of eleven youth and adults spent a week at our home doing repairs, painting, etc. as well as putting on VBS for our kids.
While the kids were at school in the morning, the team worked on construction projects- painting, repairing our roof, fixing our shower, etc. Then, when the kids returned in the afternoon, the group had VBS-type activities planned for the kids to participate in. Throughout the week, the kids learned the story of Jesus’s birth, life, and crucifixion through stories, crafts, and games. From constructing mangers out of pretzel sticks to making baskets of fish and bread, the kids learned of Jesus and His love for them in fun and meaningful ways. On the last day, the team even put on a skit telling of creation, the fall, and our salvation through Jesus Christ.
We are so thankful for groups like this one who come down and not only invest in making our home a better place to live, but enhance our children’s lives through creating real relationships with them. It was apparent how much of an impact the team had when it came time to say goodbye and there was not a dry eye in the place. We know their impact is not only lasting in this lifetime, but for eternity.
Check out the pictures of the group’s time with our kids below.
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