In January 2013 we went on a short term mission trip to Hope of Life International. We learned about the ministry of Hope of Life after Jessica and Matt returned from a trip there with LifePoint Church.
The next available trip the church was coordinating filled up fast so we formed a team with some close friends and joined up with another group that was heading to Hope of Life.
Our time there was powerful. The orphans at Hope of Life have the biggest hearts. I’ve commented many times about the moment Luis, a little boy about 8 years old, came up behind me and threw is arms around me. He wouldn’t let go. I picked him up and held him in my arms for what seemed like a nice long time. He rested his head on my shoulder. It was very powerful. It was the kind of embrace that said, ‘I need you’. This little guy, Luis, stole our hearts.
We’ve shared this story with our boys since coming back to the states. Our youngest, Jameson, who is 6 years old, has said many times since, “Mommy, Daddy, can’t we hurry up and adopt Luis before someone else does?”
That is the heart of God!
At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”
He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.” Matthew 18:1-2
But adoptions are closed in Guatemala, and the system is quite broken. It could take a long time for it to get fixed. By then, generations of these little ones will likely have grown up. Family-Style Orphan Care gives these precious ones a family. We are saying “Yes” to God. We want to see a generation of orphans blessed, encouraged, loved. We want them to know deeply how much they are loved by God, and we pray His love will pour out to others around the world through this ministry.