A Life-Changing Week

17 Jan

The doctor’s eyes held deep concern.

 Her body tiny and frail. Her hair thin and falling out from lacking nutrition. It didn’t look like she would make it. 

 “Just try to feed her,” he said solemnly, shaking his head.

There was nothing more they could do for the two-year old toddler found abandoned in a garbage dumpster with her four older siblings.

Her oldest brother, wise beyond his years, was trying to care for them at only ten years old. Two more brothers, ages six and five, and another tiny little toddler, her big sister, only a year older, completed her little family.

So they took all five little ones, not to the dumpster, but to a place that would become their new home. To a place where they would be given three satisfying meals each day, beds to sleep in, and clean clothes to wear.

For three months, she slept, barely waking long enough to eat, but God in His grace gave her little body strength.

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Fast forward three years…

 

and meet the little family that once called the dumpster home.

Now thirteen, nine, eight, six, and five. Now happy, healthy and the five of the sweetest kids I have ever met.

My “Little Bit” is on the left. Starkly different from the two-year old toddler emaciated and dying, she is still petite for five-years old, but has a voice and personality that are anything but! I’ve had the precious privilege of sponsoring her for the last two years, and the opportunity to meet her in person for the first time last Saturday.

As she sat on my lap, singing Spanish hymns to the top of her tiny lungs, my heart was overwhelmed with God’s provision for her and for the 40+ children who now have their needs provided for. 

Who knows where they would be today had they not been rescued from the landfills and slums where they lived. The boys would most likely be gang members while the girls would be giving their bodies away to anyone and everyone.

A concrete wall now protects them from the danger, drugs and crime running rampant on the streets outside. They are safe, loved and learning about the God that saw fit to provide for them.

I think of this verse in Psalm 27,

 “When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.”

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The Lord has lovingly taken these little ones up!

They are serving in church, reading their Bibles each morning, and soul-winning each week. They are selfless, always looking out for the needs of  the other.

They are beautiful, talented, athletic and hard-working.

I have struggled to put my thoughts into words since returning home on Friday. My trip to Honduras was life-changing.

There is so much to say about the kids, about the lessons He taught me.

I am grateful for missionaries who have heeded the Call, for Christians in America who give financially to provide, for a God who is Great and Infinitely Powerful yet loving enough to care for the least among us. 

I am looking forward to sharing more in the days to come! Thank you for your prayers while we were away!

 Thank You, Lord, for the wonderful privilege of time with these kids, in a country so different from the one I call home. Thank You for taking them up and for teaching me so much through their lives.

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One Response to “A Life-Changing Week”

  1. Megan January 19, 2011 at 4:07 pm #

    A missions trip is a once in a lifetime opportunity for most people… This is was my third blessing 🙂 They are life-changing to say the least! Thank you Lord for all of these beautiful children who have each stolen a little piece of my heart!

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