Team: Baylor University Line Camp
Written by: Ashton A.
As we return to the center and begin to adapt to the routine of what days here look like, it has only brought out further joy and adaptability from our team. We have become more acquainted with the nannies, and through broken Spanish have been able to more fully understand their stories, and why they work tirelessly to love and care for these children.
One elderly woman explained how she has been working here for the past 33 years, and with obvious devotion to these children she plans on working here until she can work no more. These women are not typical in any workplace, they are strong and resilient, they have a fierce passion for these kids, and they set apart time away from their own families to serve here with the children instead. They put the lives of these hurting children above their own needs, and at the end of the day go home to take care of and love their own families. Our team has been able to not only work alongside these amazing women of God, but has been able to learn and grow from them in what it means to serve God’s people, and how to care for others well. Matthew 25:35-40 is something that is lived out in this community. “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me… Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.”
Orphan’s Heart, and all who take part in fulfilling its mission, carry out what we as Christians are called to do. I fully entrust the lives of these precious children to such an organization and to such caring and experienced hands. As they take care of each precious life, they serve Christ.
Aside from simple amazement at the women we get to work alongside, we have also been challenged by our teammates and their willingness to serve wherever it is needed, without complaint or hesitation. It’s as if we all feel the urgency and necessity of utilizing our time here to its full extent, to serve the center the best we can and love the children and staff well. Our time is limited, and although we all are in agreement we wish we could stay far longer, we understand that soon the twenty extra bodies running around will diminish to the original staff, and every second is needed for the nannies to keep up. Our team has been working to organize the supply room, clean up the inside and out of the center, and manage the seemingly endless amounts of clothes that need to be cleaned and folded. Again, the realization that all of this is somehow done without our team on a normal basis, is a true testimony to the work of God and his continual blessing over the center and its staff. He helps this chaotic and hopeless problem of malnourishment in so many of the Guatemalan children become something that can little by little, be solved through the donations, care, love, nourishment and medical attention each child receives.
As we help little ones begin to crawl, or look into the next room to see new arrivals get the attention from the nutritionist and doctor they desperately need, the worship songs of the older children down the hallway help to make this experience something that brings hope, hope that all children that need it can find a home at Orphan’s Heart, a place where God rests his hand over them and brings them back to a place of health and joyful future.
Some of the members on our team have been to the center in the past, and some of the sweetest moments we all get to share together are the times when they look and inquire about the babies they used to play with and find that they have been able to go home as healthy, happy babies. It’s true evidence of God’s work here, and evidence of the difference Orphan’s Heart is making in the community, one precious life at a time.