It all began with a question,
"Does SEPAL accept weekend volunteers?"
Responding to Aurora without hesitation I said,
"Yes! What would you have a heart to do?"
Aurora, a busy physical therapist during the week, had a desire to help but a small amount time to do it. Our SEPAL team member Jaime L. has been mentoring me and made the introduction to a children's home in Sumpango. Supporting his work, Aurora and I decided to visit the home.
At the "hogar," or home, Aurora administered physical therapy sessions. One séance was with a girl who suffers from cerebral palsy and another with a boy who has been affected by HIV since birth. Before returning to Guatemala City, I remembered another children's home down the same dirt road. Never having met anyone in connection with this second home, we needed to step out in faith. All we had to do was drive a mile away and tap on the humongous "porton" (door).
This huge gate was topped with razor wire and I felt like Dorothy knocking on the portico of Emerald City. Amber from HOME International came to the door. I didn't display any magic ruby slippers, but I did share with Amber about Aurora's vision to provide physical therapy and put on a concert. Amber, 'La directora' of the home, responded positively and gave us her card.
Sweet sassy-mo-lassy, we get to see OZ!
Ok maybe not exactly, but we do get to serve as the body of Christ as we will return and give them a show to remember!
A few weeks later in Guatemala City, one mega-church hosted an orphan-care conference on Sept. 9, 2017. The conference helped us network with more people to give further guidance on venturing down this new road.
The project's gonna be great!
It started with Aurora's desire to maximize her moments. She had a weekend available and simply offered her gift of time.
Our Creator delights when we offer what we have to do His work, kinda like when Jesus multiplied bread and fish (Luke 9).
If you have ever thought to offer a"small" gift to serve the Lord, don't wait. Go for it!
"Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor
and the oppressed."