Thank you to Lindsay Crespo for writing the blog today, which happens to be her birthday! Lindsay is a rising Senior at Orangewood Christian School and this is her 2nd year on the trip.
Since my first trip to Acapulco last year, I have been anxiously awaiting the time when I could once again see the smiling faces of each and every one of the sweet children of Casa Hogar. Now, living in the nearly unbearable heat and mosquitos for six days for a second time, I have begun to see the small but great differences in those smiling faces and sweet eyes I get to see everyday. I can remember the day we arrived how my sponsor child’s face lit up as we turned the corner for the first time in a year. A part of me thought it was because she was so happy to see us, but I then began to think of her story – her own experiences. Being so close to my parents, I couldn’t imagine a world without them. As I looked into her eyes, I saw something that I only began to recognize this week, trust. I had come back. I came back to her home to see her again. The heat, the mosquitos, the construction, none of it had kept me from seeing her again.
I think sometimes, as Christians, we can feel that sense of “will He come back?” A lot of the times, we live moment to moment, we meet God and can see Him so clearly, like in Casa Hogar, but then we come back home and return to the realities of life and we wait earnestly to meet Him again. For me, I always ask myself, will He want to meet me there again? Does He want me as much as I want Him? But what we forget is that God has never left us. We may come home and seemingly walk away from the moment where God met us, but God never leaves us. Nothing, not even our sin, can keep us from the love of the Lord. As we build greater, stronger bonds with the children here at Casa Hogar, we break down their walls of abandonment and distrust and we begin to see their hearts. In the same way, God breaks down our walls of loneliness, anxiety, and hurt so that He can show us a love that no one else ever could.
It seems like it has been too long since we have shared what we are up to! Tuesday morning consisted of work in the morning, and rest time in which we prepared for our afternoon activity. Around 4:30pm we all came together to help the students here write thank you cards for their sponsors (be on the lookout for yours upon our return). That evening we played with the children and found ourselves a little sad that it was almost mid-week.
Yesterday was our day off and we had a busy day! We started visiting Cliseria at the market where 90% of our group got new Mexican blankets. From there we went up to the cross that overlooks Acapulco to do our devotionals for the day! After our devotionals, we were awarded the incredible opportunity to go to a beach club to eat and swim! We were able to catch a few minutes at Casa Hogar to play and rest but then we were off again for dinner overlooking the Pacific Ocean at Los Flamingos Hotel! We ended our night with a beautiful time of watching men jump off of a very large cliff and were left wondering. “how and why do they do that!?”