Thursday, July 14, 2011
It was rough seeing their home and neighborhood. It is in a very unsafe urban area. They are close to the project but really after dark it is not safe. Their home is basically one room tacked onto the back of a family members home. Everything is crammed in and a family of five live in a space no bigger than my family room. Elsy, Jorge's mom, is having some health issues. She was having a biopsy the week after we were there so we keep her in prayer. Her one son also was in the hospital with a blood disease. He is not a Compassion child so expenses are tough for them in that situation. Please keep them all in prayer. We look forward to going back in two years and seeing how he has grown.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
We arrived at the project in the midst of chaos. There was a medical mission team going on at the project and the streets were packed. Seems that this project is very well used. We did have a surprise as we ran into a friend from our previous two trips with Compassion. Abraham used to be on the Compassion staff but had left to pursue his ministry ambitions. He was there helping the medical team with translation. Pretty cool to run into him and get to say hello. We spent most of the morning at the girl's home. They had moved from where they lived before and their home was very sad. Located at the top of a hill ( you actually have to climb a winding stone/dirt stairway) it is literally tacked on to the back of another house. There is one bedroom separated from the main room/kitchen area. You could look through the floorboards and see the ground down below. They had decorated it nice though. The two sisters took the time showing Courtney and Stephanie all our letters and pictures. I know Jeyelly bonded with Steph and Courtney bonded with Sofia. For fun we went to to this arcade type place in the mall that had games and rides. We also took along their younger sister to join us. Turns out she is also in the project and is sponsored by someone else.
We are covering the family with prayer. Their living conditions are certainly not the best especially in bad weather. Their father seems to be living elsewhere. Marleny, their mom, seems not to be in the best place right now faith wise. She does have a job now at the supermarket but I know that staff at the project are mentoring her to keep her involved and rooted in her faith. We would have liked to have spent more time with them. The day went by so quickly. We will return, God willing, in 2013 to attend Jeyelly's Quinceanera. In the meantime we will be writing and praying faithfully.