Tuesday, April 15, 2014


I like reading and studying my Bible.  I also like underlining and writing in the margins and writing on the front and back pages. I write dates by scriptures and remember why that verse was important to me at the time I underlined it when I see the date.  No one would want to use my Bible but me. 

There are several names for God in both the Old and New Testaments.  I have done studies on some of those names.  While we were in the States in the fall, one of the churches we visited was having a sermon series on the names of God. The morning we were there, Adonai was the name being studied.  I wrote all over a page in my Bible.  This morning my Bible fell open to that page.

Adonai means master or owner.  Master did not have a negative connotation in Hebrew times.  If a Hebrew master owned a slave, the master was required to provide protection, provision, direction, and affection.  What more could anyone want or need?

That is what I need right now: protection, provision, direction, and affection.  Today and in the future I look to and expect my Adonai Lord to provide those things for me.  What more do I need? 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Saturday Morning Blessing

As Casa de Esperanza has grown, I find myself spending more time in the office and less time with the children.  I don't mind doing the office part of this job, but I do miss being the kids. 

Nicole works Saturday mornings with them.  Nicole is Baton Rouge.  That meant I worked yesterday.  What a blessing it was, and I mean a true blessing, for me to be with those kids.  We watched a movie after chores.  I was so relaxed as I spent my morning with them that I almost went to sleep. 

It is always good when we don't have issues and we did not have issues yesterday.

I am looking forward to spending another Saturday with them in two weeks.

Friday, April 11, 2014

An Endearing Story

Reina is fifteen years old.  On a good day she functions as a six or seven year old.  She and her sibling came from some the most extreme poverty imaginable.  Reina is not in school this year.  She has more opportunity to do some of the paid jobs at Casa.  Every Sunday, without fail, when the kids are paid, she spend every thing she has in the store.  Cokes, chips, cookies.  She leaves with both hands full and a big smile on her face.

Visitation is the last Friday of every month.  Reina's parents may be the poorest of all the parents, but they always find a way to get here.  Always.

After visitation two weeks ago, Reina was working harder.  Doing more of the paid jobs.  She walked up to me and said she was not going to buy Sunday after she was paid.  She has decided she is going to earn all the money she can and give it to her mother at the end of this month.  Now, bear in mind, we don't pay big amounts for these jobs.  And, she was true to her word.  She did not buy a single thing on Sunday.

Isn't that the sweetest thing you have heard in a long time?

Monday, March 31, 2014

Sewing Class

We want to show our kids as many skills as possible in order to prepare them to live in Honduras outside of a children's home.  Sewing is a skill that is still used in Honduras.  Some friends of ours, the Griffiths, Doug and Donna from Joplin and Nathan and Jenn Lou from Boston arrived on Wednesday.  Thursday was spent buying notions and such and Friday the class began.

Donna led the class, Nicole translated and Jenn Lou and I assisted.

At 3:00 the girls sat down at the table.  Each one received a sewing box of their very own.
Some were intently listening.
The most basic of instructions had to be given. 
How to hold scissors,
How to pass scissors,
how to take care of pins,
 how to measure thread, and

how to thread a needle.

The first project was a needle holder.

There was a willingness to help each other.
The next project was coasters.  Everyone got to select the fabric they wanted.

Nearly every one finished one coaster of the weekend.

Cindy finished three.
Even a couple of the boys gave it a try.

The next time the Griffiths return, the girls will be taught something a bit harder and then how to sew on a machine and then their own clothes.  How fun will that be.

A big thanks to all of the Griffiths for teaching sewing.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

A Glorious Day

Today was one of those days that it would have been easier to stay in bed than face the world.  But that option was not available.  Karen and Dorian were leaving at 9:00 and I had to be at Casa by then. 

Because I forgot one of the gate keys, the kids and I were a few minutes late to church.  A few minutes after that, Matt and Nicole and the girls arrived.  They normally go to church somewhere else.  That brightened my day.

I soon found out that our Fernando was being baptized.  That certainly put a big smile on my face.  When it came time for the baptism, I found out that not only Fernando was being baptized, but Adonis as well.  Remember Adonis that used to live at Casa.  And Adonis' mother was being baptized.  The day had certainly improved.

There was a reason Karen and Dorian left early this morning.  After six months in a treatment center, Antonio was coming home.  Karen and Dorian were going to church with him and the preachers were going to pray over him before he left.  Everyone here was excited about his returning.

The other boys were so cute.  They had planned a welcome party.  Jose had save his money and planned on buying the pizza.  Yesterday, he lost his wallet.  Brayan bought the pizza.  They all spent their own money.  There was cokes and bread and cake.  Matt bought the cake.  They decorated their room.  They did this before and after church.

Karen said they would be back at 3:00.  Right at 3:00, we heard Dorian honking the car horn.  Everyone ran toward the gate.  I was so happy to see that boy.  The boys let Karen and I in so we could each take one picture.  And, then they shut their door and had their party.  Everyone got a piece of cake.

Congratulations Fernando and welcome home Antonio.