Look at this door.
Notice anything different?
The first thing I see is a cross. Maybe you noticed the wood. The color. The size. Or the mesh on top to give ventilation to the home… but I see a cross. I see HOPE.
I’ve written about hope before. When my sister was dying at the time her babygirl was just ten months old. Hope walked in on two legs and gave us answers that the other doctor didn’t have. Because he knew the patient. He knew she believed in a Higher Power. More than that— she believed and personally knew the God of the universe. He knew she had defeated the odds by her 13th birthday and now she was 40. And she lived another four years.
I wrote about hope when my dear friend Connie Haile passed away and how she had lived a life full of hope and joy that bubbled over on people she met- no matter who you were or where you were. She carried Hope in her heart in the form of Jesus Christ.
But on Saturday, after we had rested, refreshed ourselves with food, we journeyed to a place out in the countryside of Bolivia. In a Barrio called Santa Julia, there is a campamento adjoining a crop of brick and stucco houses — all with the same door. A door of Hope.
This Hope I’m going to tell you about is a little different. There are children. Little children. Babies even. The world would tell them that their hope walked out. Or their hope died. Their hope for a family. Their hope for life.
The cross that I see is the perfect emblem for this door of hope because it symbolizes what these homes were built for. To raise up children to become God following adults to serve others and lead them to Jesus Christ.
This door represents the hearts that first dreamed a dream. Pastors David and Joel Morales took Jeff down a path knee high in weeds and grass and pointed out into the distance and shared the dream of bringing babies home that have no home. No parents. No family. No hope.
Today, this dream is fast becoming a reality. On Saturday we saw the homes, walked through the door, envisioned by Pastor David Morales. His dream becoming a reality with little children running and squealing in delightful joy of being loved. Of having a home and finding Hope. A Hope found only in Jesus Christ.
We would love to give you an opportunity to partner with us and them, become a chain that links across two continents to be a reinforcement of prayer warriors for these children. And if the Lord so leads you, to partner financially.
We have so much more work to do here. So many dreams yet to be realized.
When sickness sent me home early, Jeff traveled back and forth to complete some projects and even begin a new one. With the last project of Focus Forward Ministries now complete, we know the next one is in sight.
Jeff and I had a plan. It was what we envisioned—but health issues seemed to bring an unwanted interruption. But God has something different. He sees the whole picture. So when we thought our plan had finished, it was like God was saying, “Oh hey, I just showed you the first part. The preparing part. What you think needed to be scrapped — is actually part of the bigger picture.”
We have a week of kids crusades, with a team from Missouri —sharing the Gospel in the schools- playing games- loving on little ones and giving them a hope that is beautifully beyond anything they have experienced… found only in Jesus Christ.
I plan to update you daily as internet cooperates. If you join us on Facebook then I’m sure you have already seen the pictures the team has been posting. We have already experienced a great move of God— 3 gave their hearts to Christ yesterday morning. What a JOY to serve Him and see lives changed!
Stay tuned. More to come.
There is hope. Please journey with us.
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