Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Molly is Grace's first friend.Molly and Grace have very similar stories. All to commonly their stories are also the story of many other babies and children in Honduras except often thier stories don't have the happy endings like Molly and Grace do.

Molly was born to a teen mother who abandoned her. Thankfully her grandmother was nursing a baby and was able to care for her and nurse her. Her grandmother simply did not have enough milk for two babies so Molly became severely malnourished by 6 months old. Molly was brought to the House of Hope by her grandmother. This is where  my friend Tara met Molly fell in love with her and began to care for her. Molly had many health problems including pneumonia, reflux, and lactose intolerance. Tara ended up leaving her newlywed husband and home to live in a hospital ( 2 plane rides away from our city) for 2 weeks in order to care for Molly.  This selfless dedication, prayer, and love all paid off. Molly is now a one and a half year old who is health and developing just like any other baby her age!

Molly on the left at 6 months old Grace on the right at 6 months old


with lots of love and a little food these two soon became
 the fattest malnourished babies you will ever see.

Molly was adopted by my friend Tara and her husband Alex they now live in Nicaragua so we don't get to see them but I just saw this picture of Molly.  

Here are Molly on the left and Grace on the right at one year old!!

These two precious lives are living proof of the GOODNESS, LOVE, and HEALING
 power of our God.

What if He meant YOU?

This is really good! Everyone should take a few minutes and read it!!

BUILDING THE BLOCKS...: What if He meant YOU?

Saturday, March 26, 2011

First WATCH this video

On my way traveling back to the states in January I spent four days in either La Cieba or San Pedro Sula( the city). Where I am in Honduras is a region called La Moskitia, it is a region of immense poverty and corruption. The rest of Honduras looks down on this region and the people who live there.
While I was in both cities almost every person I met ask me WHY?
WHY would I go to La Moskitia?
 WHY would I want to move there?
WHY would I want to adopt Miskito children?
WHY would I even want that many children?
A lot of WHY. 
 I have been ask many of the same why questions here in the states as well.

First, I believe this is what that LORD has commanded me to do. There is no doubt in my mind that this is that place that He wants me to be.
I do what I do because out of all the sick that I see,all the hurt that I see, and all the bad that I see,
 I see Jesus.

 I see Jesus in the face of every person I come in contact with. Each sick, handicapped, or abused child that I see I can't help but to love on. The biggest baddest prisoners... yep I want to love on them too. Prisoners who want to spend their lives after they get out to change the live of the boys in town so they don't make the same mistakes they did.

Grace a baby who at one time was one of the sickest babies. She was one of the ones that most people did not have much hope in. But the Lord planted a love for her in me . She is the most beautiful baby I have ever seen and has brought so much joy to my life . THAT IS JESUS.

I do what I do not because it is what I love I do (which I do very much), but because I know that the Lord has a plan for each of these people no matter what the plan is in my head. I know that He would never give up on a child. That He would never give up on the prodigal son. That He loved to be with the sinners and the sick. He got down on the level with the people that no one else would. So I feel like that is where He wants all of us to be. It's not easy, I wonder why a lot too! Sometimes I don't think I can take seeing another  hungry tummy, sick baby, abused child, or little boy roaming the street but every time the LORD reminds me that I am doing this WITH HIM, and through everything I pray He will be glorified!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Changing lives through love

My friend is in a World Hunger class and she is doing a case study. She needed a story at the beginning so I gave her Grace's story to use.
After reading it she sent me this:

"I love how God is so good. You had no idea His intentions at the beginning and now He's given this child a future through you. The time you got her was so critical for her little brain to receive those nutrients and even human touch... that changed the direction of her life considerably. just feeding and loving her."

and then sent me this research:

"first 1000 days of a child's life are the most important..the amount of nourishment and love they get shapes the person they will become.. whether they can even have a shot at being productive later in life "


How CRAZY is that. I had no idea that pretty much until a child is 2 1/2 you have the chance to completely change the direction of a child's life by something as simple as LOVE.
Praising the Lord for LOVE!!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Grace's first photo shoot

My friend Angelica decided to dress her up and do a photo shoot!  Look at her standing like a big girl!!