I made this slideshow of the remodeling work we just completed at the church at Casa Hogar Douglas. This project is probably the project I have been most excited about in over 2 years. I believe we are making a difference in eternity for the 80 kids that call this place home! There is nothing better than to worship our Heavenly Father together with kids!
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Our favorite song we sing in the Douglas church is "Te Doy Gloria." In English it is "I Give You Glory." Check out the photos of 6 months ago compared to today and you might understand why this song has become one of our favorites.
One of our first worship services
Inside the church today.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Today, I was with an American group working at Casa Hogar Douglas. At 4 in the afternoon, we let all the caregivers from the children's home have a couple of free hours. While the group helped take care of the 70+ kids in the children's home, these ladies went to our house and had a little free time together. They were joined by Rosa, Maru, Kathy, Kelly and Betty from our Back2Back staff. It was just a couple of hours break for them, but you can tell by the photo that they had a great time! As we serve the kids from this home, we want to lift up the workers that care for them 24/7.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
This is a picture of Betty and Olga walking shoulder to shoulder in Rio 3. The term we use in English "back to back" is translated "shoulder to shoulder" in Spanish. It is the idea of supporting one another.
In the poverty filled community that we call Rio 3, Back2Back supports Olga as she ministers to hundreds of children there. It is a hard job to look after the many needs of so many kids. Most of the children live with families that make less than $2.50 per day. That, along with the fact that many women are not very educated and have 4, 5 or 6 kids to care for, means that many children are not properly cared for. When we are there, I feel the heavy burden of caring for the physical and spiritual needs of these kids. Olga experiences this burden almost every day as she tries to feed hundreds of hungry children.
Betty and Olga have developed a special relationship as they have worked together this past year. We have not always been able to help Olga with all of the needs that she has. But, she knows that we will do all that we can to "stand in the gap" for her ministry and these kids. Her husband, drives a cab to support their family. Their life is a very humble life of service for the Lord. We sometimes take the 2 of them out to breakfast just to fellowship and talk about needs that they have. They are, like many of you, more than ministry partners. They are family that we stand "shoulder to shoulder" and "back to back" with as we serve God.
The picture of Betty and Olga, is how we feel about our relationship with you, our supporters. We feel lifted up by your love, prayers and financial support. We could not be here without you.
Betty and I want to thank you for all you do for us. We are all God's children. Brothers and sisters serving Back2Back!
Friday, June 12, 2009
One of our goals with the church we have at Casa Hogar Douglas is to use the talents of the youth in our worship services. We have so much talent in the young people we serve. As they desire to use their talents to serve God, we want to help them. Some of our teens can sing or play musical instruments and they have, or soon will be using their talents in our worship services. We ask the older children from the children's home to read scripture or usher almost every week. A group of our high school and college students practiced and performed a very moving drama a few weeks ago. It was their idea! And, the picture above is 3 year old Diego. He is the nephew of Beto, one of our worship leaders. Last week, he showed us that he is not long away from helping us on the drums! I'm not kidding. You can't hardly see him behind the drums in the photo but he's very good for 3!
The point is, we want all of the kids to use their talents for the Lord. We believe we have many talents and that the young people's interest will grow as they are permitted to use them. The kids feel like this is "their church." They are very proud when American groups come to visit each week. I never have to worry about cleaning the church. The kids from the children's home sweep, mop, wash the windows and set up the chairs before each service. Without fail. A few of the boys even volunteered to help with the remodeling as we have been working on the building. Whatever their talent or ability is, they are using them to serve the Lord. It has been a very cool thing to watch them grow and be excited about their church!
Thursday, June 11, 2009
The month of June is the beginning of a new "season" for us. It is an intense 2 months of American groups arriving on Saturdays and serving alongside of us for 6 days. This year, 700 people will travel here to assist us in serving the orphan child during June and July. Our theme this year is "Shelter" or in Spanish, "Refugio." We will be studying Psalm 91, Isaiah 58 and other scriptures, each week as we reflect on how God "shelters" us. As we have prepared for this time, we have discovered that "God's shelter" for us is MUCH MORE than what we have thought in the past. It is much more than a house or a roof over our head.
For me personally, I am one who likes to live "out in the open" or "free". But I also realize that I am in constant need of "God's shelter" in my life. I have already come to love the words of Psalm 91, "He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High, will rest in the shadow of the Almighty."