Abby: All I want is a family.
Abby came to Casa Shalom, a children’s home, when she was a baby, and has been living there for the last 9 years. She always dreams of having a family who will love her enough to adopt her. The CNA (National Adoption Counsel in Guatemala) would tell her that she was going to get a family in a few months. The months would come and go, but still no news about her getting a family. Last year, I got the privilege of working with her and we both prayed that God would send her a family in his perfect timing. In May, we found out that God had answered our prayers! Abby was getting her own family! When Abby heard the news that she was going to be adopted, she was nervous because she didn’t know who the family was. Guatemala has a law that if you know the kids at children’s home, you can’t adopt them. The CNA is the one who chooses the family for the children. But the most beautiful story about this adoption was that during the years that Abby was at Casa Shalom, she had a Guatemalan sponsor family who always came to visit. And the family who was adopting Abby was the same family! What seemed impossible came possible with God! She left Casa Shalom in May, and moved with her beautiful family who loves Jesus so much and have adopted three kids as well!
In March, I was helping with a medical team. However, this time around, our leader, Josh, was not there. I have worked with Josh the last two years with medical teams. Josh and his wife, Susan, are missionaries here in Guatemala, were in charge of medical teams, and worked at a girls’ home. In December, Josh was diagnosed with stomach cancer, and in March, he went with Jesus. It was hard for the team and me, knowing that his wife, his 3 year old daughter, and baby on the way were not going to be with Josh anymore. While Josh worked at the girls’ home, he taught the girls music. Through music, the girls found their talent in singing and playing different instruments, and even formed a band with Josh. At his funeral, the girls were in front of church, leading worship. These are girls that came from broken homes, have been sexually abused, and are moms at such a young age. But through it all, they found healing in their Heavenly Father. Josh made disciples. It was beautiful seeing that Josh left such an example of what it means to be a true follower of Christ. He loved and cared for people so much! His wife Susan is still here in Guatemala and she had a baby boy in May! She’s such an incredible woman of God. In May, I had the privilege of babysitting her daughter since Susan was at a missionary conference. Livy still asks her mommy where her dad is and when he is coming back home. Keep Susan, Livy, and her baby brother in your prayers as Susan starts making a lot of decisions in the coming months. But in all of this, we serve an amazing God who will never leave us nor forsake us!
You all might be wondering: what am I really doing since I go back from Africa. Are you ready to hear it?! Here I go: I’m helping at a clinic three times a week, doing ministry with the kiddos, helping in triage, and doing home visits for the families who can’t make it to clinic. We have been checking on a 4 year old boy who broke his leg, and found out that his 8 year old sister is taking care of him and his little sister all day long, making fire wood and cooking for her two siblings. Meanwhile, the parents are alcoholics and don’t care about their children. Another family we visit is a dad who has a brain tumor and had to be rushed to the hospital because he kept having seizures every ten minutes and could die at any moment. Dad lost his vision cause of his tumor and can’t see his four beautiful children growing. But, he’s a strong believer and keeps trusting God that he will take care of his family, and keeps encouraging his wife. And the stories keep adding up. Every other week, I work with my friend, Donna, translating at her clinic. I continue to help at the children’s home, Casa Shalom, babysitting for a British family, and working with medical teams. Sounds crazy, right? But, this is my calling, serving others in such time as these! God is faithful and his love for these families is unconditional. These few months God has been teaching me to Take It One Step at a Time, and to embrace every minute of it! You guys might be wondering if I am taking time for myself. Yes, I am! As crazy busy as I sound, God has blessed with my time that I get to spend with Him, time for myself and time for friends. I am beyond blessed with all the wonderful friends that God has blessed me with and who encourage me. Life is full of adventures and I can’t wait to see what other crazy adventures God brings to my life these coming months as I keep serving others. To Him Be the Glory!!!!!
Please feel free to message me at any time. Or if you would like to do video calls on Facetime or whatsapp, let me know, because I would love to make time for you too! Thank you to you all for taking the time to read this update, for your support, and prayers.
Love, Yelsi Elizabeth