Thursday, July 24, 2014

Guatemala Family Mission Trip July 19-25, 2014


Today we say “adios” to the little ones we have come to love in these four short days.  They will remain in our hearts and in our prayers as we work our way back into our “regular” lives.  I don’t know that any of us will ever be the same after this amazing experience!  Let’s hope and pray the same is true for the little lives we touched this week.

The weather has been outstanding all week, and we finally managed to get the little ones outside.  It was so very nice to play with the kids in the grass and in the fresh air!  It did wonders for all of us.  And today brought a very special surprise: a ballet recital performed by the ‘squirrels’!

The volunteers wanted to share the following today:
“I taught Abraham how to grab the walker and actually walk with it.  It was tough and required a lot of patience, but one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done!”

“The ‘squirrels’ performed a ballet show for the center today.  They had ballet shoes, leotards, tights and their hair was put up nicely in a bun.  They were so cute!”

“Mauricio LOVED his lunch today.  They served fried chicken [editor’s note: the whole center smelled wonderful from the deep fryer], potatoes and noodles.  His favorite was the fried chicken with ketchup.  He ate everybody’s leftovers!

“Answered prayers…the babies are feeling better today!”

“Sweet, sweet Mario (Canaries room) smiled and played for the first time this week!  Praise God!  He is struggling with pneumonia and as he is still sick we all see the hope and the strength he has to get better!  Love him dearly.”

“Little miss Estephanie and I have a really special bond.  She went from being very withdrawn to playing patty-cake and talking gibberish.  She sees me and starts screaming and reaching for me.  I really pray her mother comes back soon for her.  She has so much love and personality.  I would take her home in a minute.  I hate to think of what would have happened to her if Orphan’s Heart were not here.”
We thank all who work so hard to make Orphan’s Heart operate smoothly.  And we especially thank our loving God who has packed so much beauty into such small packages.  We will all miss the natural beauty and the people of Guatemala!

Tanner was kind enough to share our devotionals from the week:

1. There is nothing that you could ever do to make God love you any more than he already does. There is nothing that you have done or could ever do to make God love you any less than he already does.
Romans 8:35-39. Romans 5:6-8

2. May God's presence and his approval, and nothing else, be all that you need today for everlasting joy.
Matthew 28:20, Acts 1:8, Romans 8:15-17

3. As he has done to you, may you do unto others.
Matthew 28:18, Ephesians 5:1-2, 1 John 3:14-19

4. May you always measure the compassion of God by the cross, and the power of God by the resurrection.

Isaiah 53:5

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