Thank you all for another year of prayers and support for us at the Hogar de Amor Children’s Home. It has been a year of new challenges as my role continues to shift and change as my children get older.
As a teenager, I had never in my wildest dreams considered the possibility that I would one day be living in a foreign country, much less raising foreign children, but the Lord had other plans for me that I couldn’t understand until he pushed me out of my comfort zone.
Ten years ago, I started working at the Hogar de Amor children’s home ministry in Honduras under Ronnie Doss and began working with the home’s ten youngest children, ages two to seven. Eight boys and two girls. Over the last decade, there have been over sixty children who have come under my direct care. Some are still with us, but many have moved on, either to the older children’s dorms or back with their families, sometimes never to be heard of again.
You may ask, “Is it really worth it to invest so much time, money, and energy into these kids if you don’t even get to see what becomes of them when they’re older?” God has not called me to plan these kids’ lives from start to finish, or even to know His plan for them from start to finish. God has called me to be there for them and instruct them for the days He has entrusted them to me. I guess that goes for all parents, but we often forget and try to decide what will happen to them and what won’t, only to be frustrated and depressed when we fail miserably because it is a burden that is too great for us. God knew that and he never asks us to do things that we can’t do. That is where His power comes in. That is His line of work.
Although this year has been a frustrating one for me as I often forget and, in my own strength, try to make my kids do right and make good choices, I am starting to learn that my responsibility is to teach them those things, not only by my words but primarily by my life and actions. And God will do the rest as they allow Him to. Believe me, that is easier said than done. Please pray for me as I try to be what God wants me to be in 2020.
This year has also been challenging as a couple of the kids have started having seizures. This means more hospital and doctors visits and expensive testing. The medication that they’re on is free through the public hospital, but it means a half-day appointment every three months. Please pray that the Lord would provide, and that the doctors and I will have wisdom as we decide what is best for these special kids, especially for Manuel, one of my boys, who is starting to have seizures more frequently.
I love the ministry God has called me to and greatly appreciate your prayers and support that allow and enable me to serve here in Honduras.
Have a great 2020, and God bless you all.
Missionary to Honduras