- Sandy was at a reception hosted by our friends Jamie and Gidget Graham and was presenting what we do at Su Refugio to our support team
- Jessica was in Las Vegas with her daughters enjoying family time by a swimming pool
- Brian went to a Redskins football game with his son
- I was in Paraguay celebrating the fourth anniversary of the children’s home at Su Refugio
I love my wife, my children and my grandchildren, but I am overcome with joy that I was able to celebrate with my “family” here. You see, we are caring for 20 girls (actually God is caring for them by using us as His instruments), girls that were living in high-risk situations in their homes, girls that the government pulled from their homes and placed with us. When these girls arrive they are usually shy and often reclusive; not because of their personality but because of fear from their previous living conditions. It can take days, weeks or months – sometimes years – before they are able to be “normal” again.
-- I saw pictures of four years worth of children that have passed through this refuge – and every one is special!
-- I received hugs from many of these girls.
-- I saw these girls in their dresses they only wear on special occasions.
-- I heard the testimony of a 13-year old girl that was baptized last week and knows that God wants her to become a missionary and study at Palabra de Vida (Word of Life) in Argentina.
-- I heard these girls sing “Jesus Loves Me.”
Today I was overcome with joy that I am now part of what God started here four years ago, using Wilfrido and Elisa Talavera, Scott and Michelle Kvandal, and so many others.
Yes, I miss my wife, children and grandchildren, but I would not trade what I experienced tonight for anything. It was an amazing night. Thanks be to God!