Sebastian had a meeting with CNA about the home where the fire occurred and 42 girls died.
Josue’ worked on the educational enrollments for the university students and the monthly costs for tuition and expenses. Oscar worked on hospital, Cometas & the apartment in the blue building costs.
The dollar fell to 7.23. This is affecting our income dramatically.
Something that would really help is if someone sponsored a university student(partially) or a child in dialysis. Only one child in dialysis has a sponsor. We are good stewards of His money & are looking for solutions.
Analy has done an excellant job with the many responsibilities of social worker.
The fifth item Jesus speaks of in Matthew 25 was visiting the sick. We live in the world of illness. The world has not gotten better physically. Illness, aging and death meet us everywhere. People who are sick they are vulnerable.
Our children with renal disease suffer much more than physically. Medicine and dialysis are important but they need more than that. They need the presence of Christians who love them. Jesus touched lepers when everyone else ran from them.
When Jesus was suffering with every illness known to man as He hung on the cross Mary never abandoned Him. Do we stand with those who are physically ill? Do we stand with those whose heart is broken? So many people could use a visit from us.
Incredibly Mother Teresa ministered to 53,000 lepers in her lifetime. She also had 17,000 die within days of arriving who were not lepers. Just like Jesus was abandoned by His disciples except for John and yet His mother stayed! Do you forget the aged, the shut-ins and the critically ill? So many need you to care.
Heart sickness is prevalent in these world. Will they find a place in your heart?
Yesterday was a little busy in the morning. I needed to go into the city and didn’t get back until the afternoon. We received a new boy, too. He is “new” to us, but not “new” here at Casa. The day before, the director asked if one of the boys from Cometas could transfer to Vencedores. There are some issues that he has and since his brother is in our dorm, it would be good for him. I agreed, and I picked him up and brought him to our dorm. He was a little scared at dinner, little fish in a big pond, but he hung out with his brother after dinner. Please keep him, and of course all our boys, children and staff here at Casa, in your prayers. We plant and water, yet it is our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who will cause growth, in all ways.
If you’re heading to Casa anytime soon and are wondering how to bless the dorms…one way is to bring Shoe Goo. Of course, we have boys and they’re rougher on shoes, but Shoe Goo becomes a necessity at this stage of the game in the school year, for mostly all dorms…male and female alike. We would so appreciate it.
This morning we talked about the third visit of Jesus after His resurrection. After the resurrection, an angel of the Lord spoke to the women. Matthew 28:7, “Then go quickly and tell His disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see Him.’ Now I have told you.” The women did as they were told. Luke 24:9-11, “When they came back from the tomb, they told al these things to the Eleven and to all the others. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense.”
The disciples went to Galilee and Peter told the disciples that he was going to fish. He caught nothing. Jesus appeared on the shore and told them to throw their net on the right side of the boat. They caught a lot of fish.
Remember when Jesus taught His disciples, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. With Jesus, everything is possible. Without Jesus, nothing is possible. When we quote Philippians 4:13, “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength”, sometimes we can be more self-centered than God-centered. “I can do everything” is also to be humble. To acknowledge that maybe my plans aren’t His plans. To accept failure, not as a defeat, but perseverance.
Peter couldn’t catch a fish and it could seem like a failure, but when we continue to be obedient and trust in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, our nets will be full. Full of Faith, Hope and Love. Our lives need to be dependent in Christ alone, not by our own strength.
Like Peter, we need to jump out of the boat and come to Him. Good times, bad times, joy, sadness, praise and forgiveness. Most importantly, to be with Him. Jesus asked Peter, “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “You are the Christ.” And us? What do we say? A good teacher? A character in a book? You don’t know? Our answer will reflect what we believe and in whom we place of faith and trust. In God we should always trust.
We received news that one of our boys was able to go home to live with family. He has overcome a lot since he has been here. We pray that it is a good situation and that he will be taken care of. We will miss him and especially his funny smile. He always had that serious look then I would say something goofy like, “You want to be handsome like me one day, right?” He would just give me that funny smile and say, “No!”
Lee and Candy
Antoni, son of Bubba and Sandra, will have surgery Thursday so please be in prayer for him.
Dottie took a hearing test and does have a moderate hearing loss. I thought she was just ignoring me. They will decide May 22nd as to when she will have the cataract surgery on each eye. So her senses are failing! Joking!
I wrote the check for the industrial washer/dryer. It is $20,000. But God has always been faithful.
Graduation has been moved to November 10th & this includes quinceaneras.
Dorcas, another Casa child, is the accountant and handles all checks, etc.
The 4th area that Jesus spoke of in Matthew 25 was providing for the homeless. In 3rd world countries people without homes is common and even in the USA and other well-off countries have the homeless.
Can you imagine being unwanted, rejected, not belonging, unloved, unwanted not needed? Too many physical homes are homeless as the people in them have no peace of mind, warmth and acceptance. Just folks passing in the night!
They live without love, divorced, separated, unwelcomed and unprotected. Homeless is also when you have no one who allows you live in their heart. It is everywhere. Throwaway children are the norm in the USA as 50% of children are children of the unwed or the divorced. These children live without love and respect. Soon forgotten!
Remember the prodigal son? His father was the exception as he always had a home physically as well as emotionally for his son. The mantra in the world today is Abortion not Adoption. Just kill the problem. We live in a world of throwaways. This made Mother Teresa so special as she opened the door to everyone.
To minister to the homeless is to feel their pain and do something about it. But can I ask you this? Has Jesus found a home in your heart?
Yesterday, our daughter, Megan, asked us to listen to a song by Mercy Me called, “Even If.” It was perfect for the Bible study this morning. We read John 20:24-31 and talked about Thomas. I said, “Jesus appeared to His disciples three times after the resurrection. The first time was Sunday, but Thomas was not there. The disciples told Thomas, ‘We have seen the Lord!’ But, Thomas would not believe unless he saw the wounds. He wanted proof the Lord was alive. Are we not the same?
“Many of the children who have been here for awhile have seen how God has blessed Casa, blessed us, provided for us and have listened to many testimonies of others. Yet, they still don’t believe. When we have problems in our lives, relationship problems, temptations, family illness or death of a loved one…sometimes, we question our faith, our beliefs and even our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We want proof. We want answers.
“Like Thomas, until we “see” we will not believe. However, our Lord does not have to prove anything to us.” Romans 1:18-20, “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – His eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” I said, “Jesus didn’t have to prove anything to Thomas, and He certainly doesn’t have to prove anything to us.
“When we have doubts, we need to pray. We need to believe, even if…In the song, we hear these words: ‘I know You’re able and I know You can, save through the fire with Your mighty hand. But even if You don’t,
My hope is You alone.’ Even if our problems aren’t solved the way we want, even if our relationships aren’t healed, even if we fail, even if someone we love gets sick or a loved one dies…Our hope is in Him alone. He is able and our hope is life with Him. Eternal life.” Titus 3:4-7, “But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by His grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.”
At 8:30, the staff and children met at the school for the annual Christmas photo. It wasn’t the same without Candy and our little one standing next to me. Candy is in the States, and our little one was standing with her class. Honestly, I felt alone. Yet, I know that I am not alone. The Lord is with me. I received a quote that said, “Some of the reasons you gave up were not because it was hard, but because you didn’t know you were winning.” I had my struggles and will continue to have struggles, yet I know that as I continue to overcome these struggles, I will be stronger. Stronger in my faith, my hope and my love. They say, “Winning isn’t everything,” but when the Lord is on our side, it feels good. If the Lord is with us, who can be against us? If you ask our little one for her favorite verse, she will tell you, Joshua 1:9, “God is with you everywhere you go!” When we have struggles, it is comforting to know that “The battle is the Lord’s.” We have to trust in Him.
After dinner, our boys had thirty minutes of playtime. I sat down and three of our former leaders, who are now in Buen Pastor, sat down beside me, and we just talked. It is good to maintain the relationship that we had when they helped us in our dorm. Just like old times.
Lee and Candy
The Christmas phot was finished in less than 30 minutes. Getting 500 people still for that time is a chore.
Our land paperwork was filed with the judge today so in 5 weeks we should have all of our land in Santiago registered as two pieces of property instead of 9. That will make paying taxes much easier.
Alex, our son, is sub-director and dorm father to the older boys
Feed the hungry, give water to those who thirst and then Jesus says Clothe the Naked. What is He referring to? Obviously there are many people who have little clothing. We have children who arrive at our gate with only the clothes on their back and usually we have to burn them. So, of course, He is referring to literal clothing on the backs of the poor.
But I believe He is also referring to clothing people with dignity. One of the greatest needs in the world is to be accepted and loved. Children here at Casa may be here for years and say to me 15 years later, “Why did my mother not want me? What is wrong with me?”
It can also be that nakedness refers to a loss of purity, virginity and self-worth. He created us for more than premarital sex, stripping, bikinis and divorce. Take away a person’s dignity and they are destroyed. We see that in the horrible child pornography and sex trafficking.
God is saying that we are to treat the opposite sex with respect & kindness. We should never humiliate anyone the way that Jesus was humiliated as He hung on the cross totally nude and exposed to every taunt and ugliness imaginable to mankind.
He chose to be like us and not come to earth as a king to live in a palace. He chose the lowly position and if we are to be like Him we must do likewise.
Yesterday before the Lord’s Supper, I was informed of something a couple of our boys did that was against the rules. Needless to say, I wasn’t happy, but praise the Lord, I controlled myself. Thank You, Lord. I had short conversations with the boys involved and then the bell rang for the service.
This morning the Lord gave me what I needed for the devotional. After the boys brushed their teeth, we met in the sala. I said, “This past week we studied the last week of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. During this week, we can get an emotional high talking about what Jesus had done for us and when the week is over, we tend to forget. It is not over after the resurrection. The Lord knew what His disciples would be going through, and He was with them.
The disciples were together and were sad and scared. They locked the door because they were scared of the Jews. When we are sad or scared, don’t we do the same? We don’t want to be around anyone. We want to be alone. Yet, there is no door or heart that Jesus cannot enter. Jesus came to reassure His disciples, and He reassures us. He came to give us peace. Not peace between us and the world, but peace between God and us.
Jesus said to His disciples, ‘Peace be with you!’ When we are troubled and scared, doesn’t He tell us the same? Jesus is the Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6, “For to us a child is born, to us a Son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
When Jesus was born, the angels praised God. Luke 2:13-14, “Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests.'”
Jesus gives us peace. He is peace. When He died on the cross, He took all our sins upon Himself. He was resurrected and gave us peace…peace between us and God. When the curtain was torn in the temple from top to bottom. It was God. There is nothing between us. We can be with Him.
God said, “Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, “who has compassion on you.”
Yes, we will have problems while we are here on earth. There is not one person alive whose mountain has not been shaken. Yet the promise of God remains true. He is here for us. He is here to give us peace. Our Lord, full of compassion and mercy, will not be shaken.
So how can we have peace? Jesus tells us, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone his sins they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” We need to be in step with the Holy Spirit. We need to forgive and be forgiven. When we forgive, our Lord forgives. When we are forgiven, we will be with Him. Jesus said, “For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”
“I do forgive those who were disobedient of the rules at Casa, but the problem is not with me. The problem is with our Lord. When Potiphar’s wife wanted to have sex with Joseph, he said, ‘…How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God.’ We need to make things right with the Lord.”
Afterwards, I prayed with the boys and sent them off to school. How can we not love the Lord?
Our little one is sick, so she went back to bed. Within ten minutes of school starting, the secretary called and said one of our boys vomited and doesn’t feel well. He was sent back to the dorm. I took his temperature, gave him meds for pain, a bottle of water to hydrate himself and sent him upstairs to bed. A day of rest does wonders. Maria, the nurse, came by to check on both of them in the afternoon and sent our boys back to school in the afternoon. He didn’t look happy. Our little one remained on the sofa.
Lee and Candy