Thursday, June 2, 2016

Victory Dance

Last year on June 1, one year and one day ago, I wrote a blog called Hopes, Dreams and Reality.  I was very honest because Casa de Esperanza was in the worst financial shape that we had ever been in.  I did not know if we could make it.  I was not ready to just throw in the towel.  I prayed.  The board prayed.  People at the children's home conference prayed.  A lot of people prayed.  Matt, Nicole, the board and I all give credit to God for hearing and answering those prayers.

Many people, too many to even begin to name, made one time donations.  A children's home cannot run on one time donations, but without those we might have had to shut the doors and put these children back on the street.  There was enough in one time donations to get us through until we could find some new monthly donors.  We still welcome one time donations.

Our board raised a lot of money.  Again, some of those were one time donations and some were new monthly donors.  We appreciate every one of our donors, one time or monthly.  2015 ended in a much better financial position.

In 2016, we have been able to turn some of our dreams into reality.  Praise God.

When school started in February, for the first time ever, we were able to enroll 5 of our kids in a special needs school.  It is a 45 minute one way drive from here.  The morning logistics are crazy and if someone stumps their toe, there can easily be a domino effect.  We do have a back up plan.  I know all the glory goes to God, but Higher Focus Ministry in Amarillo and Lakehoma Church of Christ played a large roll in making sure these little ones could go to school in an environment that best suits their needs.  We appreciate it.  It has long been a dream of mine to see some of these kids in a special needs school.

Another dream has been that all the children will leave here with some sort of skill or trade.  A few have worked in the store and learn to make change and wait on customers and such, but most were not being trained.  We recently hired a new employee.  The board raised the money for this.  This woman can do everything.  She speaks Honduran sign language fluently.  That is huge since we have a deaf child.  She taught in a special needs school.  She can teach the beauty courses; hair, nails, etc.  She is teaching the girls beauty and the boys barber.  She can plant and garden and will be teaching that as well.  There are so many things that she will be teaching that it is amazing.  Funny, how much better the girls get their chores done of a morning when they want to go to beauty classes.  I feel with this that we are better preparing them to leave here in a few years.  And survive.

A couple of the kids are now in counseling.  Sisi is a different person since she began.

Again, I give thanks to God and again, I thank every single donor, no matter how large or small your donation.  We are doing a victory dance to see what God has done and is doing.  He made it clear to us that He wanted us to continue taking care of these children.

I am not saying that all our dreams have been fulfilled and that we no longer need money.  Many hopes and dreams remain.  I would like to see more kids in counseling.  We kind of assess needs and decide who gets to go to counseling.

Running a children's home and meeting the kid's need is very expensive.  If you wish to make a one time donation or become a monthly donor you can mail a check to:
 Casa de Esperanza
P.O. Box 9222
Columbus, MS 39705

or go to

Please consider continuing to make dreams become reality.

If you have any question about Casa de Esperanza, you can email at

Thank you all for your continued support

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