Guatemala, August 5th – 11th, 2017; Trip Update 4

Orphan's HeartGuatemala, Mission Trip Update

Team: Baylor University Line Camp

“You’ll use the things that God’s wired you for to redeem the things that break your heart.” –Rebekah Lyons

For most of my life I have struggled to understand why God has chosen to give me a comfortable life in the midst of a world of suffering. Why is it that I am granted the luxury of a guaranteed dinner when so many children are not? God has broken my heart this week. The needs here are vast and it would be easy to become overwhelmed and discouraged. However, our God has only proven bigger than the worldly problems we face. It is the small moments here that leave me in awe of the magnitude of God’s grace. Yes, there is suffering, but there is also selfless love and sacrifice that emulates that of Jesus. My heart aches, but it is with this pain that God has created a passion within me to love others as He loves us.

With each day I deepen my relationships with the children. By now I have truly gotten to know the children in my room. I don’t just know their name, but who they are as a child of God. While I have adapted to the routine of each day, I continue to learn more about each child and fall deeper in love with them.

Today was busy. From bubbles to Bible story, the kids were active and enjoying every moment of it. It is incredible how despite their circumstances, these children possess such joy in the smallest things. Through simple tasks such as brushing their teeth or painting a picture, the children also prove to be incredibly self-sufficient. Each possess a level of independence and wisdom that is far beyond their years. As we tell these children stories from the Bible and teach them  how to be children of God, I find myself learning as well. We have been sent here to reach just one more child, but all of them have reached me.

As we prepare to say our final goodbyes, I ask for a prayer—that while our team may struggle saying goodbye to the children, we find comfort in knowing Jesus will continue to provide. I pray for future teams as they too struggle with the reality of suffering yet rejoicing in His restoration. Thank you Orphan’s Heart and our Mighty Father for this incredible opportunity to minister and be ministered.