Well where do I start? Lots of changes around House of Hope. First off most notable is how few kids are here, (around 20) many have gone back to their villages of origin or to their relatives for the holidays and should start trickling back in this week. Also, sadly to say some have died and even more sad to me are the children that have been kicked out! How is it that this is a children’s home, a place of opportunity for the less fortunate, and can turn away or release kids that have grown up here and call this home, all because of what I see as normal childhood issues? At least from my point of view, “smoking or viewing porn” (two of the known reasons for kids being kicked out) is certainly unacceptable behavior, one that needs to be corrected, but, do I think removing them from the house and the schooling offered with this house is going to help correct anything? Certainly not! Furthermore, it is certainly not showing the kids here the love that Jesus has shown us. All this makes me think of the parable in Matthew 18:12-14 in how we should rejoice more of the one that was gone astray and was found, than the ninety nine that has not gone astray. We are told it is not the will of our Father in heaven that even one of these little ones should perish. And then again in Matthew 18:21 about the number of times we should show forgiveness to one another. The thing is, without a loving parental guidence or the God loving and fearing rolemodel in the kids lives how can we expect for them to grow in Christ? How are they going to hear if they have no one to tell them? Still, even though I have this dilemma filling my head, I am grateful and feel blessed to be with the people here in La Moskitia. We took the kids swimming in the lagoon this afternoon and are having a New Years party with the kids watching movies in Espanol and eating pizza from a new pizzeria in town and when Lisa placed the order they asked if she was the “new Katrina?” Not sure how I feel about that. Kinda achey….
Praying for discernment for us all here at House of Hope and blessing upon these beautiful children. Amen.