After breakfast we had a short devotional before school. I said, “The decisions we make in life is based on our relationship with the Lord…the way we treat others with love and respect, obedience to laws and rules, our friendships, honoring our parents and authorities, gratefulness, forgiveness and servitude. We look at the life of our Lord and Savior and the way He treated others was based on His relationship with His heavenly Father. What He did, His Father in heaven did. What He says, His Father has told Him to say. His obedience, gratefulness and servitude were to His Father. His forgiveness was based on the love that His Father has for Him and the world.
“Our relationships begin with our Father in heaven. They carry over to others and are based on our relationship with God. The Greatest Commandment is, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and Greatest Commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love our neighbor as yourself.'” We love because He first loved us. Because He loves us, we love others. Our relationship with God is shown by our love for Him and others. So when you go to school this morning, remember that you are loved and show His love for you to your teacher, your classmates and those around you. Don’t look to be the center of attention but have God in the center of your attention. I believe you can do it, the question is, ‘Do you believe it?’”
What a double blessing today. The twin brothers who left to live with family on Tuesday came back to get their belongings, and they surprised us with a visit. We shared some tears, hugs and prayers. We watched them grow up in our dorm and now they are ready to go home. Thank You, Lord, for allowing us to share our lives with the boys. We are blessed.
Today another Vencedor was able to go home. It was his time. He hadn’t been here a long time, but he will be missed. He was a hugger. He loved to give us hugs. Although we do not know his home life, we always pray for protection for our boys when they do return back to family. The time that we have with the boys is critical. We always tell our boys that is was no accident they are here at Casa. God placed them here to be taken care of, educated, disciplined, loved and most importantly, to be taught about Him. God’s word says, “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there without watering the earth and making it bear and sprout, and furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater; so will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.” We may not see fruit, yet God is faithful and His word will not return empty.
Just this past fall, Candy and I were blessed with over seventy boys. After the dorm for the younger boys was built, several of our boys moved there. Our thirteen year olds moved to Buen Pastor. We have also seen many, many children return home in recent months. Now, Vencedores has the lowest number of boys we’ve seen since moving to Guatemala almost eight years ago…thirty-six. We are thankful they’re going home to be with family. Everyone needs family. Please pray for all those returning home…for protection and for a godly home life, rich with learning about our Lord.
Lee and Candy