Guest post by Chris Hayes
Chris and his six-year-old daughter, Savannah, are visiting Casa Hogar for the first time.
Matthew 19:14 Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
We are on the home stretch of our trip with a big fiesta to look forward to tonight. It is amazing to see all that has been accomplished this week. We have demolished more wall and moved more rock than I thought possible. It has been a true blessing to share this trip with Savannah. She has such a good perspective, one that I need to be reminded of continually. She is not tainted with a world perspective yet.
It has been a true blessing to share this trip with Savannah.
Each evening Savannah and I do a type of review from the day called, “What’s the same and what’s different?” It is crazy to hear some of her items. For example, Savannah noticed that the street lights here are different. She also said, “Well, we have a swing set at home. They don’t, but they have this awesome concrete play area where you can do so many different games, like 4 square.” Leave it to a child to look at the positives in every situation. Just think how much would be different if you had that mindset for even just one day. On a different day, she said, “They have lots of kids to always play with. It must be nice.”
At almost 7 years old, Savannah has a love of others that overlooks circumstances and outward appearances. This is exactly why Jesus says we must have childlike faith. This week has challenged me to have that kind of faith. I challenge you in turn to live out that same childlike faith.
A team of twenty-two people, including high school students and parents with young children, are in Acapulco, Mexico, visiting our ministry partners at Casa Hogar Children’s Home. We’ve been partnering with Casa Hogar for more than twenty years and have seen generations of children grow up knowing the love of Christ.
Chris and Savannah (far left) and the rest of the group at the famous Capilla de la Paz (Chapel of Peace) in Acapulco