John 14:18 “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.”
It is with pure joy in my heart to show you what God is doing for these precious orphans in Mexico. First, let me start from the beginning…
We took shoeboxes filled with toys…
Wrapped and loaded them up in a trailer, packed up 10 families from our church and all their kids...
because 35 orphans were waiting.
We stayed right at the orphanage and tried to remember to brush our teeth with only bottled water. We wondered how our only English speaking kids would do with the Spanish speakers. How would they communicate?
To our surprise, we watched how the children instantly played and bonded with one another… the international language of soccer initiated quick smiles, big hugs, no barriers, pure delight.
We could not wait to deliver the gifts to the children! So after dinner, the festivities began. We called the kids up in groups of three so they could show everyone what they got!
This sweet girl got her very first doll. She was in love!
These awesome boys were so excited for their turn. In case you’re wondering, the age range at this orphanage is ages three to twelve.
It was fun to see how excited the kids were for one another. There was no jealously about who got what gifts.
This sweet girl, Alma, stuck to me like glue. I loved every minute of it! I’m not so sure my two year old daughter (to my left) was as thrilled to share my lap!
I wish you could have seen how excited the kids were playing with their gifts. It didn’t matter if the presents came from the dollar store or a department store. Each gift was cherished. If you are one of those families who fills a shoebox every year and wonders if it really makes a difference, let me tell you that it does! When you work through this organization, the children who receive the gifts get blessed beyond the box, too. They also get to hear about the amazing love of God!
I saw this verse painted on the playground equipment. It’s one of my life verses…
Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.”
Here’s a family picture very early in the morning as we were leaving Grace and onto our next stop. Our oldest son (not pictured) came down two weeks earlier with just my husband to help in some other areas of Mexico. We missed him a lot on this trip! He had to stay behind at Grami and Grandpa’s house to study for 7th grade winter finals. Boo hoo!
Ok, this next picture is just a hint about my next post. It’s very important to me. It’s what makes my heart flutter and my adrenaline rush. I'll tell you all about it and how each of you will play an important part, even if you’re sitting at home needing a shower and still in your Christmas pj’s (like me)!
Encourage one another,