A couple days ago, one of my roommates saw this picture and asked me about it… it was taken almost 5 years ago…
I don’t know if I will ever get the chance to go back to Gabriel House, but this picture alongside a few others of kids there hang over my desk as reminders of where I’ve been and where I am heading.
These children will never know how deeply they have impacted my life—
how many essays I have written about our time together, how many scholarships they have helped me get or how many families and friends I have shared their stories with. They won’t know how many conversations, decisions, and projects they have influenced because of the lens through which they gave me to see the world.
They taught me to put God first… faith love and hope in Him. They taught me unconditional love and unmerited grace and how to ask, receive, and enjoy. They taught me the beauty of brokenness and the tension of holding emotions like excitement and sadness and hope and disappointment all together in the same open hand. They taught me the value and power of relationships and occupations. They set the trajectory for my education, career, and future.
I once wrote about how they were world changers as they loved so many foreigners who came to visit and then return home all around the world. The older I get and the more I reflect, the more aware I am of the impact a few kids with special needs in Mexico have had and will continue to have… in Texas, Arkansas, North Carolina, China, and soon Malawi. And that’s just through me.
At the same time I wonder about the stories that have set the trajectory for friends and acquaintances–
the lives that are unknowingly changing mine like a ripple effect caused by a stone dropped in the water far away.
Thats the best way for me to put it. For the last couple years we have prayed and prayed for the chance for some of our kids to go to school, and to learn. The education system isn’t the same in Mexico, and so most children with special needs are left without an education despite their enormous potentials.
God has heard us and answered. We have asked and it is being given. We have sought and we have found. We have knocked and the door is being opened.
Nene, Pilar, Ruben, and Sergio have the opportunity to go to a special school in Ensenada!!! They are going to school.
If you have followed along for a while, you may remember stories of these kids and probably joined and interceding for a school setting for them. Rejoice with us.
In order for this to really happen though, they need sponsors to join them and send them to school. Tuition is $120/year for all 4 and Uniforms will be aroun $300. There may be some additional needs as well to cover Dr.’s appts to attend.
Would you be willing to join them? Would you be willing to send a kid to school for the first time in their lives? And to forever change their lives?
You can donate here at Mex Med’s website or mail a check to the address below. Please be sure to indicate GH-school fees/uniforms.
Mexican Medical Ministries 7850 Lester Ave. Lemon Grove, CA 91945
Just thought I would share the most recent Gabriel House video with you…
following Jesus is awesome: love joy peace laughter hugs and smiles
Today was my last day at Gabriel House for quite a while. And it was wonderful. It wasn’t that we did anything extra special, but it was just simple, and I find that oftentimes it is the most simple things we often take foregranted and later miss the most: dancing around a room, laughing together, sitting and watching a movie, eating lunch, making cards, or just holding one of the little ones (or bigger ones that think they are still little) in your arms. That was something like my day today. It has rained the last couple days flooding the col-de-sac which has kept everyone inside watching movies, eating popcorn, and trying to sneak gifts from beneath the Christmas tree. Simple, but awesome.
Mostly I talk of the kids, but the thing is if we only invest in the kids, then when we leave the investment is left as we left it. However, if we equip those caring for them, then it continues. I can’t help but praise the Lord for many of the ladies’ love for the children, hunger for more of the Lord, and the opportunities to really invest in them. Please keep praying for them, and that they will continue to grow in their desire for the Lord and continue to disciple all the kids at Gabriel House!
Oh and extra measures of JOY…
They’ve got them all covered.
I love the way I get to witness the Father at work at Gabriel House. First of all, just being here causes me to look at life differently. Second of all, His hand at work challenges me to pursue Him greater and to trust Him as a first nature.
Today was a rainyish day so none of the kids could go out to play. Default: I did activities with all of them in the kitchen. Really that’s not that big of a deal, but I think it may have been the idea that they couldn’t go outside and I was trying to do crafts with all the kids that go to school… just about the time I was praying Jesus I need an extra measure of peace and patience, a group arrived. Praise the Lord for groups on rainy days. On any days really. Nevertheless, the ladies care for the kids every day. So if you are ever thinking of what you might should pray for… pray for them.
Then I wrapped what we could put together for the kids for Christmas to have under the tree… trying to stretch everything so that each kid would have at least something even if it’s just a pair or two of socks. But the Lord says do not worry about tomorrow about what you will eat or drink or wear. Today’s got enough worries of its own (thirty something at Gabriel House). Tonight a group showed up with a HUGE blessing and is bringing over a hundred gifts tomorrow! That’s in addition to the church that is bringing gifts and some other group that came by with more too!
Tonight, Lupita Alveola, one of the ladies, was sick with a cold, so the kids and I laid our hand on her and prayed for the Lord to heal her. With her childlike faith Nene wanted to pray for her again and then proceeded to lay her hand on first Ely and pray for her, then Chely and pray for her. Ummm…. I’ll take that.