Hi, my name is Caroline, and I am a new volunteer here at Hope for Tomorrow Children’s Home. I have the awesome opportunity to spend the next month here, and I am so excited to see what the Lord has in store. I am about to begin my junior year at Baylor University in the fall. Although my major is International Studies, my heart is in education. Shortly after graduating from high school, I got the chance to come to Guatemala with a mission team from my home church in Nashville, Tennessee. I loved this country, and I had a strong feeling that I would return someday. Well, here I am! About a year ago, I began searching for opportunities to spend part of my summer in Guatemala. After a few months, God led me to the Hope for Tomorrow Children’s Home website. I knew right away that this was the place God had for me.
When I arrived here on Wednesday, Kenneth asked me what my expectations were. It was not until he asked me this question that I came to the realization that I only had one expectation: to see my God at work in the hearts and lives of the people here. I hope that I might be able to impact these precious children’s lives in some way; however, I know that God is the only one who can make a real difference in their hearts. While I was still in Nashville praying for them, God was here already working in each of their lives. I am humbled and so thankful that such a big God would allow me to be a part of His great plan.
God has already opened my eyes to the reality of His presence at Hope for Tomorrow Children’s Home. It did not take long for me to recognize that each child is unique. I have only been here a few days, but I can already see the different qualities that make each child special. Every child has come from a different background. Most of them have already experienced more hardship than I can even imagine. That thought makes my heart break, but I know that the God who created each of them individually has good plans for their lives. My prayer is that, through the power of the Holy Spirit, they might come to understand the depth of His love and believe that He has a purpose for them. I cannot wait to spend more time with these precious children and see the work of our perfect Creator in them. I am confident that the Lord has great things in store for this month!
This month we had the pleasure of welcoming back our co-founder, Brenda, with a group from her church, Good Shepherd, in Lexington, Kentucky. Their group came down and spent a week bonding with our kids as well as fixing up our home. Their group made our home even more beautiful by enhancing every wall with a new coat of paint. After they were done painting in the mornings, they led VBS with the kids in the afternoons. The kids had all kinds of songs, bible stories, crafts, and games to look forward to when they arrived home from school every day. Along with their group came a doctor who blessed our kids with medical check-ups.
The biggest project the group took on was the construction of a study room for the older kids. This room is such a crucial space to have in our home, as it gives our older children a place of their own. Not only is this study room a place where they can study and focus on their school work, away from the chaos of the smaller children, but also it is also a private, quiet place for them to relax and listen to music, play games, practice piano, etc. They finally have a place where they can sit back and be teenagers, away from the running, playing children. The group painted the walls, put together furniture, put up blinds and cork-board, and constructed desk areas for the children in the study room.We are so thankful for all the hard work their group did improving our home and building bonds with our children.