What a day it was! Our plans included a trip to Mount Olives and the two tutoring centers, but our first stop was in downtown El Progreso to purchase rice and beans for the people of Mount Olives.
I have started calling Wednesday, 'Emotional Wednesday', because I've noticed that's when I start to get all emotional...emotional because two more days and we're leaving these loving children...emotional because during the next two days we will visit the two villages that are in the most need...emotional because I start to remember The Lord has sent me here to serve Him through building relationships with these beautiful children. During this trip, I knew I had to come to terms with the fact that I cannot help these children at COPPROME and in surrounding villages on my own. I have to trust in The Lord and know that I will do my part and He will do the rest. "I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you." John 14:18
Seriously y'all, I am in love with these four children. They are so loving toward one another, and look out for each other as if they were one. Before this photo, little Aldo fell on his head and bursted into tears. Nearly heard his cry from across the orphanage, and was there right away to care for him. She held him tight and they both cried. One of the women workers tried to soothe Aldo for a bit, but nothing compared to Nearly. Taking care of him and soothing him came natural to her. It was almost as if we all got a glimpse of how it used to be in their life before COPPROME. They bring so much light to the orphanage...it is as if God is shining through them. They are safe.
This next photo brought me to tears as I was editing it. I was asked "Would it better to give the orphanage the money we spend to come to Honduras, or use the money to keep visiting and spend the week each year with the children?" That is a tough question to answer. You want to help by giving money, but what I really think helps these children is the realtionship. The pure love they receive and that you get in return. We spend a week there, and leaving Friday night is so hard on both the volunteers and the children of COPPROME. Keeping in contact for birthdays and holidays lets these children know you care and you are praying for them. It makes them feel worthy and gives them a sense of confidence that money cannot create. I am not saying donating is not the way to go at all...Thank God for the people who do donate, but maybe in my own selfish way I see that visiting and spending time with these children is irreplaceable.
We are headed to Mount Olives. The photo below is adorable Carla. I snapped this photograph after I showed her a sweet video from Maggie who was on our last trip in June. Maggie and Carla has an awesome connection. Maggie made a video for Carla to watch and listen. While watching the video, Carla was smiling from ear to ear. It was a heartwarming moment to watch her watching Maggie.
I was literally dragged to come see one woman's house. Haha! She was excited to show me something and I had no idea what. Before we went in, we had to take off our shoes... It was nice to know that they do take care of their homes that were built for them.
She was so proud and excited to show me her American Flag hanging in her house.
Here's a fun fact about myself: I do not like fire. As in I have to talk myself through lighting a candle and worry the whole time the candle is lit. At this next house, myself and the woman in the photograph below are headed into her kitchen that is covered in wood. Okay. I don't know if this could catch on fire but in my mind, yes, no matter what it will. Insert every possible wood-burning scenario. She shows me her stove..then proceeds to throw a cup of water on the stove...and BAM there went up a huge fire. Now you'd imagine I would have ran, fainted, cried... but no, Alex held it together. Haha! I survived and still managed to photograph the fire.
This is just in case you haven't already fell in love with Aldo.
Once we were done visiting Mount Olives and the two tutoring centers, we got to take the children we sponsor out to dinner at Tejas. This night was a special night for the Padrinos because they all got to dress up for us.
Tonight is also a special night for Reyna. Reyna and two of her sisters were sent to COPPROME because they were severely malnourished. Reyna is now seventeen years old, and can choose to go home or stay at the orphanage. She feels she needs to go home to help her older sister take care of the others....and tomorrow is the day we get to send her home! Stay tuned!