There are so many reasons that God has us here and everyday we are reminded.
What brought us here first off?
Orphan Care...Sports Tournaments…Short Term Mission Teams…
What we didn't prepare for was all the little details in between….
Let me touch on Orphan Care!
When you think of orphan care…what comes to mind?
For me…it was feeding them, clothing them, holding them and loving them.
What it really is…is SO MUCH MORE!!!
Each child has a different need….
Some might be more touch, some might need to hear the words "I love you", some might need medical care, some might need psychological therapy, some might be malnourished, some might need dental care….some might need ALL the above.
Our job is to listen and observe each of the kids and
find out what their needs are.
Let me introduce you to Macario…
Macario has been with us for about a month. When we received him, we thought he was about 2 years old. About a week after we got him, I received an email from a missionary, Sally in Quiché, where he came from. She told me that Macario was 4 years old…and that he had been in the hospital for 6 months and was not believed to live very long. When he was brought to the hospital he was 3 1/2 years old and only weighed 7 lbs!!! YES I said 3 1/2 YEARS old…I didn't believe it at first either, I thought it was a typo.
His mother passed away and his father and alcoholic and didn't care for him.
With several people in the church family…this little boy when from being hopeless to having HOPE for a FUTURE!
3 1/2 years old….HOPELESS and HURTING!
4 years old and full of HOPE!
This is where YOU all come in.
We can't be here without your help.
Each of us has something we can offer….some might be hands on (like us), some might have resources to offer us (counseling, education on nutrition, therapy), some might be our prayer warriors and some might be the ones that help us financially. Whatever your part is…we are commanded to come together and help one another.
And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
That we [henceforth] be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, [and] cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, [even] Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
Part of the church body is here this week…performing surgeries for patients that can't afford to have them done. Because here in Guatemala, if your condition is not life threatening…then the surgery can't be done in the general hospital…it must be done in the private hospital where they will charge the patient.
Tomorrow Nahum (our 14 year old boy) is headed into surgery. He was born with webbed hands and feet. Tomorrow he will be having 2 of his fingers separated on his right hand.
He is very nervous about this but excited at the same time.
One thing he asked me to do is to video him coming out of anesthesia…HAHA! (Typical 14 year old boy)
So tomorrow morning at 5:30am, Pedro will be taking him to the hospital to have his surgery done. Please be in prayer for him and his recovery. This is just the start for him. If he chooses to do so, we will continue to find surgeons to help him with his other hand and his feet. It will be amazing for him to learn to be able to use all 5 fingers.
This is just an example how the church family can come together.
Some are the hands to do the surgery.
Some are the prayer warriors during and after the surgery.
Some are the feet that take him to the surgery.
Some are the donors of the medicine, anesthesia and equipment.
What part of the church family are you going to be?
If you want to help us continue to be here in Guatemala and care for our 50 kids and their community….
We are in need of a few more supporters to start off 2014.
BLESSINGS TO YOU ALL!!!