Exhausted. Dirty. Sore. Full. Blessed. Thankful.
Today was our first full day with the children, and they have already given to us so much more than we could ever hope to provide for them; yet we know and trust the Lord will take our offerings and magnify these efforts, transcend all expectations, and multiply our energy. It is truly miraculous what Love can do.
Love that shows up in the nanny who pulls the messy, sticky baby to her face and kisses and treasures him; Love that remains constant over the years so that the baby who comes in frail and failing to thrive now “rules the roost” in her group of girls with her leading personality; Love that draws these women together–American and Guatemalan, side by side working together to impact and raise up a generation of people who have been nourished by grace.
We have been blessed with two incredible Guatemalan women who are the in-country staff for One More Child International: Alejandra and Olivia. Their translation skills and know-how of the Center workings have been invaluable to us as we navigate our roles and schedules, confirming what goes where, and how to say “Vamos a jugar!” (Let’s go play!) They also are a wonderful connection to the nannies that remain and work with these children tirelessly day in and day out. Olivia was able to partner with our team to lead a staff devotion and craft time! This was truly a beautiful moment for the staff to bond together.
Some of the staff also attend “school” for one hour a day to learn skills that will empower them in their every day lives. Don Gonzalo, who has selflessly done all the laundry for the Center for over 20 years, sits proudly in the front row, as do the rest of the students; their eagerness to learn is truly inspiring.
Inspiration can be found down every hallway here! We are excited for Maria Fernanda and her progression with her purple walker, and that on Friday; Cesar gets to go home and be reunited with his family!
Our hearts also turn to prayer for a few of our babies who need a little extra care this week. Our prayer requests are full tonight; thick with the challenges of this country, the unrest in our own, the devastation in Nepal, or our own personal journeys- but as we lay these prayers before the throne; we are “still, and we know that He is God.”