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He replied, "Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you." -Matthew 17:20
"Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. -Mark 11:23
I think God likes it when we take Him at His Word, and well I think it includes ALL His word, even the bit on moving mountains!
And that is exactly what happened last week: God moved mountains! Every since Olvin arrived at the public orphanage at 2 months old and only 4 pounds, we were desperate to get him placed into a foster family. Even though he is available for adoption, we currently have no Honduran families awaiting a little one, so due to his need to gain weight quickly we wanted to place him with Ada, our foster mom that is a nurse and super good at taking care of babies!
Only one small detail: Ada was presently caring for Angel, an 8 month old with hydrocephalus. Thankfully he is doing super well and can move on to be adopted. During the same time frame an acquaintance of ours, expressed the desire to be a foster mom. When Ruby first met Angel, she instantly fell in love and said yes to being his new foster mom. Amazingly too, she is very willing to consider adopting him if no family is found internationally! We all desire the best for him, and the resources for hydrocephalus children are much better in the U.S.
So, we here at ROOM are praising God that both these little guys are in loving hands! (Pictured above Ada holding Olvin in yellow blanket, and below Ruby with Angel!) While moving the little tykes was easy and simple, the process to get to this day was where God moved the large mountains.
At one point we were even told it wasn't going to happen because IHNFA needs to complete all open cases to have files ready in case they truly do shut down, and they did not want to start any new ones by placing another baby with ROOM. The office staff there were already running around super busy with that task. But me constantly showing Olvin's skinny picture, Johanna's weekly phone calls, us sitting in the office a couple days, and the gentle reminders I'm sure straight from God moved hearts once more; and light bulbs went off that by getting rid of us they would get more work done! :)
So THANK YOU to everyone that prayed over the last several weeks for Olvin. Please continue to pray with us for a family to adopt him. AND thanks to everyone who donates to The Scarlet Project. Each donation sent in makes it possible for ROOM to love babies just like Olvin and Angel, provide for them medically, and see them placed into a family! Please consider donating today, our funds are super low in this program right now and any amount will be a life saving donation! To donate go to: www.makeroom.org or mail your check to:
Five Days of non-stop play, hot dogs, cross necklace crafts, "God molded you" devotions, gift-giving, and did I mention play! Those are the details of the blessing that just blew through several of the San Pedro Sula area orphanages. For the second year, the eleven-person Here I am Orphan Ministries (HIAOM) mission team came from Texas to love Honduran orphans in a very real way. The neat thing about this group is that due to another arm of their ministry, Forever Families, many of them have personally adopted and raised one or more orphans; further being a part of God placing the lonely into families (Psalm 68:6) and providing them with a strong perspective of the orphan world.
Each time they come, they bring suitcases laden with specific items needed by each individual orphanage. When they arrive each day they inform the lunch staff that they will be able to rest a bit, and they step into the kitchen to prepare a gourmet hot dog meal! It is not a typical meal here, as it is in the U.S., so the kids truly enjoy the new menu! A very important aspect of their trip is to impart on the kids, whether it be a children's home of 100 or 10, that Jesus loves them. Through translators they also minister one-on-one when possible, and nothing says 'I love ya' more than a full day of play and attention! Although exhausted by the end of the day, the team heads to the Honduran supermarket to stock up for the next days' lunch items, loading up several carts, and definitely turning a few heads!
Since ROOM first met HIAOM over a year ago, we are continually amazed at their giving hearts. As an organization they are reaching many orphanages in many countries, but still they find the capacity to minister all year long to the needs of several orphanages around San Pedro Sula, as well as to several of the children cared for by ROOM's Scarlet Project. They've partnered with ROOM in funding several life-saving surgeries, provided sponsorships enabling us to place a baby in foster care, and blessed us (the Garcias) as a missionary family time and again. We praise God for this partnership, and thank Him for making us one body working together toward the goal of reaching orphans. Thank you HIAOM!
From Bekah Hollten's Facebook Post (a note as she begins her first step in preparing to come to Honduras as a ROOM year-long volunteer!:
GOD IS GOOD! I always trusted that I would be fully funded, but lately the doubts have started creeping in. Yesterday I went to my small, close-knit church in Waverly, Iowa (Vineyard Community Church) and was brought to tears at the message and the calling. We are called to make disciples of all nations (Matt 28:18-20). They asked those who felt a specific calling to do ministry work to stand up and be prayed over. I had multiple people pray for me. That I would supernaturally attain the gifts they have acquired over 50 years of living, that God would make himself more and more present to me in the coming weeks and that someone would feel called to support my mission and fund me the rest of the way. Today I received a letter and a $3,500 check from an unexpected friend. God recently blessed him with this large amount of money and he felt called to give it to my mission in Honduras. To say I am overcome with emotion is an understatement. All the things prayed for yesterday presented themself today and I know they will continue to show up in my life in different ways over the next 3 months as my heart prepares for this journey. I thank you all for your support and prayers. They truly have been a blessing.
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Thanks to some super generous hearts we've raised $4,500 so far for the ROOM transition home van! Only $5,500 to go!
I can't wait to see this white machine loaded up with smiling kids and tons of car seats holding babies waiting for adoption! God is so good, and this couldn't be more on time with the opening up of ROOM transition home just around the corner!
So jump on board and please help us go that last leg of $5,500 to purchase this van being offered to us at an AMAZING price and in wonderful condition by our friends here at Samaritan's Purse. Ask your Sunday School class, beg mom and dad, get those coins out from under the couch cushions! Whatever it takes let's bring her home!
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One of the topics of the We Make ROOM Orphanage Conference this past month here in Honduras was how to help the children in the homes create and know their identity.
It has always been a topic of concern among the families that dedicate their lives to raising orphaned and abandoned children of how the children in their homes will be able to create a sense of identity. After going through so much trauma, maybe knowing nothing of their family or past, knowing one's identity can be a very difficult task. It is even often an issue carried into adulthood.
For that very reason, many house parents and orphanage directors, gathered in a circle during our past conference and discussed how each of them were handling this very topic.
Many shared that one of their top priorities within the home is to stress to their children that they are not orphans growing up in an orphanage. While this may be hard for us outsiders to grasp, it is an everyday reality to those trying to raise and love these children in as close to a family atmosphere as possible.
Our friends, Melody and Jacob, from Mision Miqueas, related that when their children are heard saying they are going back to Miqueas, they gently remind them that no, they are returning home! It is a good reminder to us as well when we chat with the kids while on mission trips or visiting them for the day to call the place their home, not the name of the orphanage.
Along with this idea of being sensitive to what we say in relation to orphans and orphanages, was how this very thing creates an odd identity for the children. What if we forever relate to ourselves as someone who doesn't have parents and who lives in a group home? What does that do to our sense of identity?
So, the group began to focus on how to help nurture a correct identity. My favorite response came from a friend that has been working with a girls' home we know pretty well. Wendy shared the thought from several verses about "You who once were..."
Throughout the Bible, Jesus speaks to us, His adopted children, that as we once were dead, we are now alive; far away, now brought near; and once in darkness, now have light. So why not tell our "orphans" growing up in the "orphanages" that just like all of us who were once orphans, but are now adopted into God's own family (Ephesians 1:5) they too when they arrived WERE ONCE orphans, but are now a part of a family, no matter how different it may look. Because the tias, house parents, directors, and other children are choosing to love them and call them family. And then, when they see that they are not the only ones that were once orphans, but in fact we all were, they can create a sense of identity that all of us need to create; that we are all in the family of Christ. Our identity is in Christ, He has hidden us in Himself (Colossians 3:3) and we are all now one together, the body of Christ.
It is a real-life concern and desire, for these house parents and directors to create a Christ-centered identity in the children they are caring for everyday. Dedicate to pray for them in this area this week, and be a part of God healing and molding little hearts!
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” -Philippians 4:6 (NIV)
I remember in the Old Testament, time and again, God's people would build an altar of rocks in a location where a miracle had happened, so that their children would later see it and be encouraged in God's faithfulness. Well, last month, our family received one of those "altars" in the form of a mini-van!
For about a year, we have been squishing our kids, foster kids, and any volunteers hanging out with us into a Santa Fe. Two or more kids always ended up in the hatchback to provide for lack of space. Sometimes it was fun, sometimes we heard lots of complaining! Either way, God taught us to turn it into a prayer of thanksgiving! So, when complaining started, we'd remind each other and declare aloud, "Thank you God for a bigger vehicle." Trinity, our oldest added for it to be a van. :)
Our faithful God not only answered that prayer, but provided it in a miraculous way! A dear donor was visiting and decided to purchase the mini-van for our family! The best part of it all was that another Christian family really need to sell the van, so it blessed them as well.AND a ROOM volunteer, also needed an upgrade so we passed on our vehicle to her!Talk about a circle of God’s blessings!What if all our transactions in life were oriented this way; to see how many in our Christian family we could bless with each thing we did!We are hoping we can turn every situation in our lives into prayers of thanksgiving!
Thank you friend for the HUGE blessing. We are enjoying it everyday, and thankful that we can in return be a blessing by providing transportation to others as well, now comfortably!