Many prayers have always covered Casa de Esperanza. Always. Ground was broken on July 24, 2005. Prayers were said as those shovels turned the soil. I cried. Others did, too.
Prayers were said daily as the ground was cleared and the weeks of construction. Construction went fairly rapidly.
Many of us came from the States in December, 2005 as the building was dedicated. The building was not completely finished, but we prayed in each room for the children that would be living here. We also sanded and painted and whatever else needed to be done.
That weekend was full of love, prayers, tears, and anticipation. Anticipation as we eagerly waited for children to fill this house, which would become a home.
And, trust me, there were prayers and prayers as we waited for that last document to be signed. And, as we waited some more. And waited.
Then finally, on June 30, 2006, the first little one came to Casa de Esperanza to live.
There was not a single one of us that knew what we were doing. Opening a children's home in a third world country. The things that we have learned. It is humorous now how much we did not know. But, God is good and He led us through. Through the mistakes and the learning curves.
These first five were brothers. They are no longer at Casa de Esperanza.
The second five came in October 2006.
More kids came. And some left. Our hearts broke each time one left.
At one time, we had 23 kids. Today, we have 19. We still cover these kids, and ourselves, in prayer. We still make mistakes. We still do not know everything about running a children's home in a third world country.
We are trying to meet the spiritual, emotional, physical and educational needs.
These little ones were so cute 10 years ago. So cute. They are still cute, in a different kind of way. But they are teenagers now. They came from extreme poverty. Some were abandoned, abused in the worst possible ways. They have a lot of baggage. And, they need a lot of love. We have one cutting herself. One has symptoms of an eating disorder. These kids have some serious problems.
From the beginning, Casa de Esperanza has been covered in prayers. Please do not stop now. We covet your prayers. For these children and wisdom for ourselves. Please stop right now and say a little prayer for Doris, Rosy, Reina, Ana, Sisi, Daniela, Katy, Nohemy, Maryuri, Guadalupe, Any, Fernando, Jackson, Jose, Josue, Cris, Yair, Olman and Josue., for all the employees that work with these children and for Nicole and I as we try to make the best decisions for each child.