Growing up, Anderson lived with his mother who was unemployed and unable to earn enough money to send him to school. As a child, he was illiterate so his time was spent playing in a nearby cemetery. Often times in exchange for food, Anderson was abused by other men. But, in June of 2009, Anderson was rescued from his previous living conditions and welcomed into the POI family.
The day Anderson came into the POI home, one could never notice the pain and poverty he had experienced amidst his childhood. As he saw his bed for the first time, he grabbed his pillow and rubbed it gently across his cheeks. I’ve never had a bed before. The laughter and joy erupted from his tiny belly as he peered around the room at all the gringos wiping tears from their eyes. A new life had now begun—Anderson would never be the same.
[Anderson Joins the POI Family – June 2009]
On April 15th, Anderson will be turning fourteen and marking year six of his life here at the POI home. “What I like the most about living here is being with my family. My favorite thing to do is play FIFA and Little Big Planet on the playstation. I also like to play Jenga and UNO with my little brothers. Being the oldest brother is difficult sometimes. There are a lot of arguments, they take my stuff, there is not much to talk about…so instead we just play a lot. I try to be their guardian but they are little so they all go wherever they want to!” —Anderson
“Some of my favorite things are the color Navy Blue, my mom’s Chilaquiles, and Ecclesiastes, the whole book. But if you want to, just read chapter one.” —Anderson I can’t help but smile as I recall Ecclesiastes 3:11, “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.” The seasons of Anderson’s life as a child were tumultuous, to say the least. He lived, breathed, and experienced things no child should ever have to go through. But even as a young teenager, Anderson understands that his seasons of pain and poverty were seasons that existed to give glory to His Heavenly Father.
[Anderson’s First POI Christmas – 2009]
“Edgardo and Mary have done so much for me. But the one thing that means the most is their willingness to teach me to be obedient, respectful, and honor them in all that I do. I also love when my Mom cooks for us and when we go out with my Dad.” —Anderson Looking back on Anderson’s season of life, I cannot help but wonder what his dreams and goals would have been in his previous life of poverty. But yesterday, I asked him what he would like to be when he grows up and his response—“a pilot because I would love to fly anything, or If I could, I would love to be an actor in movies!” This young man has overcome much. Though his seasons of life were once dilapidated, his future now has hope. Though he is behind in school due to his inconceivable childhood, he is excelling. Though he experienced massive trauma as a child, he has shown immeasurable growth and maturity. He is tender-hearted, affectionate, and humble. I asked him what advice he had to offer boys his age in the United States and he promptly responded, “Seek the Lord!”
He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has put eternity into Anderson’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. —Ecc. 3:11
Who is blogging?
Hannah Hamilton is the daughter of David and Ruth Hamilton, founders of Point of Impact Ministry. She first traveled to Honduras at 6 years old and has been passionate about advocating for the impoverished ever since. To read more, click here.