Thursday, April 8, 2010

home sweet home

I'm sitting here listening to the birds chirping outside, and thanking God for home and all that home means. In the last day and a half, in between dealing with a very upset stomach & jet lag, I've been thinking about the people I met in India & the stories of pain, redemption and hope that I heard. I've found myself tearing up at times....praying for them, thanking God for giving them the hope for a new life.

It's awesome taking part in seeing peoples lives changed from utter hopelessness to lives of possibility. It's motivating. It's changed the focus of my life. God has a story for each person. It's a story full of hope and purpose. Love seeing that unfold.

I've also been thinking of how I can motivate others to get involved....more on that later!

For now, I'm processing and thanking God for allowing me the privilege of bringing others along with me to visit orphans & victims of human trafficking....and today I'm enjoying being with the ones I love most in the world: Bruce, Caleb, Nick & Sarah Hope. Especially thankful for my daughter who is growing up with a mom and dad who love her. Thank you, God. He is a good Father who puts the lonely in families.


Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Delhi, House of Peace

Monday we drove several hours through dusty Delhi to get to the House of Peace. What a great family style childrens' home! We spent the afternoon doing a craft project with the kids, playing duck duck goose & simon says.

These kids come from lots of different backgrounds, including abusive situations, but they are now safe in a loving family.

Together we read Psalms 116:16-17 which says "O LORD, truly I am your servant; I am your servant, the son of your maidservant; you have freed me from my chains. I will sacrifice a thank-offering to you and call on the name of the LORD." Then we had them take a few minutes to write something they are thankful for & a prayer to God. What simple, beautiful notes they wrote. Then we put them together like a chain and hung it up as a decoration in their living room.

The directors of this home do a super job transitioning these kids into adulthood! One girl who has been with them for 10 years is now in Bible college & about to start her second year. I met this young lady 3 years ago when I first visited House of Peace. Terrific to see how well she is doing!