I recently returned from my third trip to Guatemala with Orphan Outreach. I always have such a hard time processing all that God has shown me and awakened in me during my time in Guatemala. I don't want to miss a single thing the Lord wants to show me, tell me and do in me. And He always speaks, always. His words are my life and have and continue to change my life.
I learned a few years ago that when forest fires occur, that although the fires are put out on the surface, many times the trees are actually still on fire under the surface, at the root. Forest fires can experience “hot spots” when the tree catches fire again, because the root was still on fire and was not completely put out. In order to completely put the fire out, you have extinguish the fire at the root.
The scent of lavender and hibiscus fills the air of the hallway, and laughter and conversation breaks the silence of the otherwise quiet hillside building. It’s afternoon in Xela at Little House of Refuge, and while the younger children enjoy playtime outside, a group of young women are hard at work taking care of special guests who have come to visit. And the fragrance and laughter and care might just be what saves their lives in years to come.
“Pure and undefiled religion is this: to minister to widows and orphans and to keep oneself unstained by the world.” James 1:27 - a verse that has motivated the church and believers to care for the most vulnerable since the words were written on papyrus many centuries ago. They reflect the heart of the Lord from Genesis to Revelation and into eternity as His love of those most in need define His essence.
“The songs that I write come from God and the things that He lays on my heart.”
Day 3- First day to visit Jubilee School: What I did not see today was luxury cars, manicured lawns or nice houses. What I did not see today was an orderly drop off line, perfectly clean and pressed uniforms, or a beautiful campus. No frantic stay at home moms or professional dads.
We are very excited that more than 260 people attended the 5th annual luncheon to hear what a difference the WOW auxiliary is making for orphans and vulnerable children in Guatemala. Most thrilling of all, more than $50,000 was raised to help with the needs of the children in 2014!