This week is prayer week. The children meet at the soccer field and praise the Lord with song and prayer. All the staff and workers are invited to come and worship the Lord together. Coming together is a reminder of what our Lord desires. 2 Chronicles 7:14, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” As I look around at the sea of faces, of children we have watched grow up, I cannot help but praise Him. If you had told me years ago that I would be worshiping the Lord with God’s children in Guatemala, I would have called you crazy. I have been reminded by a brother in Christ what our Lord has told us, “‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.'” I am humbled and blessed.
As I was helping prepare the blue building for lunch, our social worker called. She was letting me know that two of our boys were going home. When she told me their names, I had to sit down. She said one of them wanted to talk to me and thank me. As I listened to him, I could hear his voice crack with emotion. He thanked Candy and me for taking care of he and his brother and that he would miss us. One of the hardest parts of being a dorm parent is growing close to the children, then having to let them go. They have been a part of our lives, but it was their time to go. I told him how much we love him and his brother. He was well behaved and did not cause many problems. I asked him to do me a favor and to continue studying God’s word and to look for a church where they could worship the Lord with others. With sadness, he said goodbye. We will miss them, yet it is good that they are home. We are grateful to the Lord.
Lee and Candy