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Trusting in our Sovereign God

It was a cold and stormy day. No hyperbole here.  The weather was fierce!  I slammed the door to the van and ran inside the orphanage.  Our team had just arrived at a special needs orphanage in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, that Point of Impact (POI) partners with.  Our team visited this particular orphanage for the purpose of donating supplies.  We also planned to spend some time with the children there.  The kids from both POI homes were with us so they too could serve fellow children at this special needs orphanage.

Needless to say, my heart was full from what I saw next.  Our POI kids were formerly rescued from the streets themselves.  They were saved from unwholesome family predicaments (among many other things) yet now the Lord had given them new life through POI.  And talk about a full circle.  There were our rescued children busy with the gospel mandate to rescue others who were in need—the evening was a perfect illustration of God’s grace and mercy that he first extends to us then extends through us.

Yet the evening reminded me of just how much grace and mercy God may want to extend through me—and prayerfully, to those of you reading this blog.  We visited another one of the houses for the orphans fraught with the needs of innocent children.  They needed more supplies.  They needed doctors.  They needed a vehicle in order to transport their children.  The list went on and on.  And as a newcomer I felt helpless with a burden I know only God could lift.  As I walked around the room I whispered prayers of desperation that God would meet the needs of these precious children.  I met a baby boy only a few months younger than my 17 mo. old son.  His name was Jose David.  He was lying down in great discomfort trying to go to sleep.  He was in pain and his constant wincing released the tears I had been trying to hold back.  I asked an attending woman what his story was to which she replied, “He suffers from Hydrocephalus.  His case doesn’t look like others because he contracted his illness after he was born.  When he was born Jose David was thrown into a dumpster where his head was struck.  This caused his condition.”  Well the tears became an all-out sob of course.  I walked into the next room hoping not to cause a scene.

When I regained my composure I met another girl lying in bed. She was covered by a blanket from her chest down yet, this girl, whose face resembled that of a teenager’s, couldn’t have been too much bigger than my one year old.  A therapist next to her informed me that this girl’s name was Claudia.  Claudia was 16 and had suffered from malnutrition her entire life.  For years she hadn’t been able to move.  Now that she was receiving care she was finally able to move her arm somewhat and turn her head from side to side.

By now you can imagine my feelings of despair and anguish.  You can imagine the disbelief in my heart I felt to see these precious little ones suffering the way that they had been.  You can imagine my lostness in wondering what to say and what to do.  But I remembered a Scripture that teaches that when we are weak, then is God strong.  And my moment of weakness was met by the Lord with His great strength.  God met me on that dark and stormy day.  And the light of Christ began to shine as I listened for His response.  As I wept there in that room God met me.  And He reminded me about His great care for these children.  And He reminded me that because HE CARES there is HOPE.  These kids aren’t done.  Their story is not finished.  There’s a future.  There’s a light.  There’s a good ending that’s coming.  God showed me that though I felt helpless and overwhelmed, these children were feeling His love being poured out over them in tangible ways for the first time in their lives.  For the first time ever, these children had real people who truly loved them and were ready and willing to do all they could to look after them and protect them.  And more than even this, God reminded me that, “These are MY kids.  And I care.”

Encouraged by God’s truth I began that night to DO something.  I desired nothing more but to come alongside the great God as He came alongside these children.  I was not able to do much but I had to start somewhere.  And that night I learned that, for me, starting meant being there.  Starting meant being present.  Starting meant being with these children.  It meant asking questions about Claudia and Jose David.  It meant committing to pray for them.  It meant helping provide the resources for them in whatever way I could.  It meant believing that the little I could do was still SOMETHING.  It meant taking my eyes off myself and fixing them on Jesus and his people.  It meant reminding myself that God is in control and gets all the glory.

So my “something” has begun.  And yours can to.  Let me ask you—What does something look like for you?  What does your “Being there” mean?  Where will you start in this journey of bringing God glory through the nations?

“Declare His glory among the nations!” –Psalm 96:3

“Give justice to the weak and the fatherless;
maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute.” Psalm 82:3

“He executes justice for the orphan and the widow and shows His love for the alien by giving him food and clothing.” –Deut 10:18

CHOOSING WHAT’S BEST

Edgar Moreno’s Story

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We are all blessed when we hear another person’s story.  We are particularly blessed the more willing a person is to share their story with amazing openness in that much of the story is hard to tell. Edgar Moreno is now 19 years old.  Edgar has been a part of POI since the 4th grade. Because of God’s faithful provision, POI has taken Edgar under its wings and has supported him with food, shelter, education and genuine loving care. What a blessing it will be to see him graduate high school this November!

When asked about his first memory of POI, Edgar smiled as he reminisced. “I remember so clearly seeing my friends coming back from VBS.” Those friends told him to go back with them next day. Edgar remarked, “I asked my mom for permission but unfortunately she said no. She had to go out and I had to stay in the house to keep it safe. At the end of the day I saw everyone coming back with toys, and I decided to ask my mom for her permission to go to the project the next day. Sadly, the team leading the VBS was gone and no more toys were given away that day. But I stayed the whole time and had such a wonderful experience that I wanted to be back. I asked my mom to enroll me in the project. Since I was in 4th grade and having difficulties at school she let me go because the project was helping kids with learning reinforcement.” As he engaged the POI experience, Edgar quickly made friends with a group of kids and teachers whom he began to trust.

During Edgar’s early years with POI he came to know the Lord personally as his savior. He decided to get baptized. Sandro, a longtime POI employee and former teacher, clearly remembered Edgar in his early years. “Edgar, was an invested kid in POI. He was very attentive in class with teachers and friendly with others. He never wanted to leave the project!” Eduardo Zuniga also known as “Zarco”, another POI employee and father to House Home girls, added, “It was perfect timing when POI decided to start taking complete care of him. I don’t like to even think of what would have happened to him—where would he be or what he would be doing if POI hadn’t reached out when they did.” Sandro, concluded saying, “Several of the kids whom he used to hang with are dead or making decisions that will lead them to an early death.”

Edgar has experienced his fare share of heartache due to a great deal of loss.  He reflected, “I am glad I am with POI. I’ve had many friends that have turned up dead or in gangs. I was rescued. I am a survivor. I’ve had the opportunity to make the wrong choice, but I’ve seen first hand where those easy choices lead you to and I don’t want to end up like that. My oldest brother was also a victim of that.” Although it must have been very hard for his mother to rely on someone else to take care of him, everyone agrees it was the best choice. And fortunately he has a good relationship with his mother who is invested in seeing him succeed along with an older brother and younger sister.

When asked about his favorite memories with POI, Edgar smiles and laughs. “I can’t give you an specific one, he remarked. I am surrounded by joy when I am at POI. Everywhere I look I has memories that bring happiness to my life. You see, these walls are my house and the people inside them are my family. POI is home. I have my role models. I have Dr. Ivan (Honduras POI executive director) who treats everyone with respect. [He] is always willing and is constantly showing selflessness. I have Zarco who is always making me smile but also is constantly giving me advice and tells me “how it is.” I know he does those things out of love. I have Sandro, Ikel, Bryan and Pastor Miguel who help keep me on track and make feel part of the team.”

And thinking about his influences and how POI has helped shaped Edgar’s life, Dr. Ivan commented: “Despite all teenage behavior Edgar might have, he will constantly offer help, he will jump to serve others, without being asked to do this, especially when going to the city dump and helping out at the rehab centers.” When asked about major lessons learned at POI he say’s “At POI I have learned to put God before anything else, He is always faithful. I have been with POI through so many different situations and I have seen the Lord’s hand in every single one of them. He has proven every time that he is the center of POI.” Edgar also enjoys visiting the projects when there is a chance. He mentioned, “I grew up in the “barrio/hood”, I know the need these kids have for someone to show affection and interest—to play with them. And I enjoy being able to make them smile even for a small moment. At POI I have learned to serve others.”

Edgar is currently overcoming several academic struggles. His teachers are sending notes to us about his wonderful improvement. He is excited and so is everyone at POI about his future graduation in November. He asked to write the next thank you words for David and Ruth Hamilton “First and foremost thanks to God for allowing the Hamilton family to come to Honduras and start POI. Second, I would like to thank all my POI family who constantly show me their love and support. May God bless you. I love you very much! It has been a wonderful experience being part of POI. Ruth and David, words can’t express all my gratitude and I hope you can join me at my high school graduation.”

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Edgar has given us the following prayer requests join us if you please.

  1. For his education—to finish his senior year successfully.
  2. For his family. His mom, brother and younger sister.
  3. For his future—to gain strength to face life’s next challenges.  Pray for Edgar to have a clear vision of how to start his new journey.

Orphaned No More: Meet Wilmer

DSC_0497Meet Wilmer! Best pals with Anderson, one of his brothers in the orphanage, Wilmer is a serious and joyful young man. As a young child, Wilmer’s mother abandoned him to go to the United States and his father is a convicted felon for murder. Wilmer previously lived with his aunt and cousins but they saw him as nothing but a burden—one more mouth to feed.

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