As I arrived to Casa Hogar a day before the big group I was getting anxious because I was excited but didn’t know if they would remember me from the previous year. And oh how I was wrong! Right from the start two very sweet girls, Erica and Gracia, ran up and hugged me screaming my name. I knew from that point this would be a special trip. The first afternoon, the eight of us who arrived early began hanging with children and started getting comfortable in a new environment.
It was fun to see the big group arrive in the bus and literally all the kids ran up to the gate screaming and yelling with joy that their friends had come back to see them. Hugs and laughter were exchanged.
Church the next day was great giving all of us a different perspective on how people worship The Lord all over the world. It really had me thinking that our God is not just praised in the United States but almost everywhere around the globe. The service was about discipling one another and encouraging everybody to grow as a community. What church in Acapulco really drew my attention to was how The Lord really works in everyone’s life not just in Orlando but the world.
Yesterday while we played with the kids there was a game of soccer we played, USA vs. Mexico. Seven of us kids including Jared rallied up to play five of the older boys at Casa Hogar. Now we were sure we had this, we talked strategy and were sure we could compete. To say the least we were wrong….
From the very beginning they were dribbling through our legs and scoring left and right. Within 10 minutes it was 4-0 them and I’m pretty sure we were all out of breath while the older boys were just getting started. We ended up scoring one goal and losing but we all had a blast playing with the boys.
To end up the night I personally was hanging out with Angel. He is an older boys, maybe in his 20’s, he isn’t the most social boy and usually hangs out by himself by a tree and sings. I decided to pick up a tin can and a stick and made a beat. As I did this he sang with the beat and the biggest smile on his face appeared. We sang for an hour or so and believe it or not created a band with some kids makings beats with water bottles. We had also created an audience with kids surrounding us. It was pretty amazing to connect with Angel.
Day 1 of construction has started and the sun is beating on us but we are all having a good time. The girls and some of the guys are painting the kids dorm rooms while the majority of guys are breaking down concrete in order to create a new boys dorm. We are using all types of tools like sledge hammers, axes, and picks to destroy the ground. Some of the older guys here at the orphanage are actually along side with us which gets us a chance to connect with them. We are making great progress as the day moves on and I can’t wait to see what we get accomplished.