Guest post by Sarah Jane Creech
In Philippians 1:4-6 we read, “In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
As we arrived in Acapulco on Saturday, we had no understanding of what God was going to have for us this week. We trusted that it would be special but still uncharted. So far, we have played, attending church, continued relationships already established, done one English as a Second Language lesson (more on that another day), done one Spanish as a Second Language lesson (more on that too, we aren’t great but we are trying), played with water balloons and had the incredible honor of hearing the story of one of the longtime children here at Casa Hogar.
Dan Allender, writes in To Be Told: Know Your Story, Shape Your Future, “so take seriously the story that God has given you to live. It’s time to read your own life, because your story is the one that could set us all ablaze.” Jonathan, a meek and tender hearted 13 year old boldly and through tears told us his story last night. A story of redemption in the most beautiful of ways. A child who feels unlovable being brought to an understanding of Romans 8:1, ” Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”
A story of redemption in the most beautiful of ways. A child who feels unlovable being brought to an understanding of Romans 8:1, ” Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”
Jonathan, told us of the freedom that has come in relationship with Jesus and through the relationship with Gio, a “brother” at Casa Hogar.
Our students and team found incredible encouragement from hearing about this freedom and were able to celebrate God’s work in the life of the children here. We were able to pray over Jonathan, and specifically claim God’s promise in Philippians 1 over his life and his story. We look toward to hearing the story of a couple of other students this week. Pray for us, that our hearts would be transformed by Jesus’ love for us first and foremost and that we would love the children here out of that incredible love.
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.
Lindsey and Savannah play dress up with Vicki
Any trip to Casa Hogar includes hours spent together in the courtyard, playing games, reading books and laughing together with friends
Serious construction workers get ready to do some demo work
Now that the new boys dormitory is completed, the old one can be repurposed