Thinking about the time here at Casa, one thing that is important as a dorm parent is unity amongst the leadership in the dorm.  When Candy and I first started, there was rebellion and difficult times as we sought to make changes.  It wasn’t easy.  It was definitely different than coming for one week as a team member.  Yet, we were determined to be obedient and serve our Lord.  The first thing that was needed was leadership amongst the boys.  Everyone had to be unified in God’s purpose.  Prayer, His word and obedience.  Many older boys (helpers) walked through, and out the door, yet could not walk with us.  There have been a select few, who continued walking with us, and they were strong leaders in the dorm.

Unity is important.  Paul talked about divisions amongst the church because there was no unity.  Who did the people follow?  We didn’t want the leaders to follow us; we wanted them to follow our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Paul wrote, “One of you says, ‘I follow Paul’; another, ‘I follow Apollos’; another, ‘I follow Cephas’; still another, ‘I follow Christ.'”  We cannot be divided.  When we are unified in mind and thought about what our Lord desires then we will be strong as a dorm.

What does the Lord desire?  That HIS will be done.  Paul said, “For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel – not with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.”  Prayer, His word and obedience.  God’s purpose for us has never changed.  Preach the gospel.  Paul wrote, “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in?  And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard?  And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?  And how can they preach unless they are sent?  As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!'”

When leadership in the dorm is not unified in Christ, there will be divisions.  The same goes for families, churches and ministries.  We are one body, we have one purpose.  His.

A group called La Colina came and blessed the younger children at Casa…storytelling, fun and games.  We’re grateful the Lord sent them.

Two of our boys had a court hearing today.  I gave them both a wristband with our life verse on it.  Romans 8:28.  I told them that if it is God’s will that they return home, then I wanted them to know that we love them and most importantly, God loves them and has a plan for them. We got to the office and I prayed over them and hugged them.  As I walked away, I looked back and they were staring at the wristband.  His plans, His love, His children.

Walt and I removed a bird nest that was right above the tables where our boys eat in the blue building.  No birds, no eggs.  Now, no nest.  I offered the kitchen ladies the nest so they could make “Bird Nest Soup” but they declined.  I guess it’s just not a delicacy here.

All His,

Lee and Candy

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