In 1989 the Lord sent us a child who was terribly abused and unloved. When I went to the government home to get her she was only 8 years old and refused to even look at me. I took her to buy clothes and to get something to eat. For two weeks she did not speak and then one morning she came down the stairs and noticed Jorge’ was hugging me. She came near and kissed my cheek and said “Buenos Dias” and from that point on I knew the hand of God was upon her.
She grew to become our social worker which is did for 12 years and now I have named her my personal assistant. She teaches Bible to the teenage girls and is on the discipleship team to prepare our teens to minister outside the walls of Casa. She is taking seminary courses to be grounded as a youth minister.
Her name is Gladys and she is now my personal assistant as we continue to transition Casa. God has blessed me so very much by having her as a daughter.
Twenty-one years ago an ambulance arrived with an 18-month old little boy whom the court psychologists determined was mentally handicapped. Dottie just fell in love with him. He could not walk or talk or even sit up.
Patty, Tim’s wife now, who was one of our teenagers asked me if she could have him. She took him to her dorm and in 3 months he was walking, talking and is now a second year university student with excellent grades. He is a special son to Dottie and me. He also assists Josue’ in Telemedicine.
The love of God in Patty’s heart forever changed the course of Orlando’s life. (Minor is what most kids call him. He will be part of Dottie and my plans as we transition to the next level of Casa.
In 1989 Dottie and I arrived in Guatemala with fear and trembling not with great overcoming faith. My mind was filled with questions such as: “What have I done?” and “Did I really hear God call me to do this?”. Two months later a 5 month old baby was brought to us by his father who asked if we would watch his son for 8 months.
His mother died in child birth and the father did not want to give the child away into adoption. It thrilled us and when the 8 months were up we were broken hearted as the date of his departure arrived. The father did not show up until 18 months later. He loved Dottie and saw how Josue’ love Dottie also.
So here it is 26 years later and Josue’ is a college graduate, a very strong Christian and director of Telemedicine. He is part of the future of Casa. He was the “child of promise” as Dottie called him who gave us the peace that we had heard from God.
His father is still part of our lives and is the man God has used to allow Casa, the children here and sponsors to build over 125 churches, homes for pastors and Christian schools.
A little child shall lead them.
Marlin took Luis horseback riding. She arrived at Casa a number of years ago and has received her pharmaceutical representative and is now working on a second college degree. She is director of Children’s Church and also works in the elementary school here at Casa.
Marlin has 2 sisters here at Casa. Suzy is a senior and Mirna is already in college. They were not abused but were brought here because they were living in poverty & her mother wanted them to have an education. All three have proved that we made the right decision as each of the three girls is saved, a solid student & full of compassion.
Friendship has a way of making life more tolerable when the odds are against you. Analy was the young girl who came to our gate as a young teen and said “Every girl in my village has been sexually abused by the gangs and I want to be a virgin when I marry”. In March she will graduate with a degree in social work.
She is the person who helps with the special needs children.
Marlin leads the Children’s Ministry and came here with her two sisters years ago due to poverty and disease of her parents. She has already graduated as a pharmaceutical representative.
JonJon was here for many years and was so handicapped physically. A couple in the Far West fell in love with him. They adopted him and he has been an inspiration in his church, school and throughout the community. They saved his life. He brings joy every where he walks.