i just wanted to give you a quick update. my time here so far has been wonderful!! i have been blessed to be able to spend the past week at casitas (a home for girls ages 12-19). the reasons for the girls being in the home vary. rape, discipline, protection, and abandonment are some of the reasons the girls are brought to the home.
last wednesday i saw a girl sitting in the corner all by herself. as i got closer to her, i realized she was crying. i sat down beside her and asked for her name. she had a piece of sidewalk chalk and wrote out her name, Sheley Paola. she told me that she had only been at casitas for five days. she was brought here because she had gotten in trouble. she missed her family and desperately wanted to see them. i really did not know how to respond. the only thing i knew to tell her was that God loves her more than her family ever could and the only place to find comfort is in his arms. she nodded her head yes. i held for a few minutes and let her cry on my shoulder.
she picked up the sidewalk chalk and wrote ¨regresa a mi¨in english, return to me. i took the chalk and wrote ¨si.¨
it is my prayer that the Lord would draw sheley to himself, that she might know the love of her heavenly father. please continue to pray for the girls at casitas. for the girls who know the Lord, pray that the Lord would strengthen their faith as he molds them into the women he would have them be. for the girls who do not know the Lord please pray that God would reveal himself to them.
there is no doubt in my mind that the Lord is going to use the girls at casitas to do great things for his name. i feel so thankful to be able to spend time with God´s beautiful creations. i am loving the journey the Lord is taking me on and i am so glad you are taking it with me.