Monday, February 6, 2012

grinding away


funny i just noticed that my last blog was titled "good day". i say that b/c i started this post to say that the last couple weeks have been challenging.

about 12 hours after praying over berter (2 blog posts down), we received a knock at the door letting us know that he was dead. we were stunned. we know that God provided a miracle in order to get him to a doctor and get diagnosed. we were so optimistic. but the results came back worse than imaginable. maybe it was all so that his family could be prepared, i dont know.

another death. another widowed wife. more fatherless kids. sad and frustrating to say the least...

on another note, i continue meeting with enrique's dad without success. we are praying and wanting so badly that he enter into rehab and attempt to do something good for himself and his family. but he gives us no reaction. his wife and daughter's cry as we talk, and literally beg him to do it. but he is emotionless. his wife is ready to give up. his kids dont want to come home. please pray for them. i am beginning to think i've done all i can do.

last week we had to do one of the hardest things we've done since the boy's academy started. we had to remove on of the boys for breaking rules. he had received warnings, been pulled aside and told "last chance", but he boldly continued doing the same thing. we had no choice. as much as i know that it was the right decision, it broke my heart.

aside from all this, life just seems to be a "grind". in addition to the daily schedule of the boys academy and all that flows from that, in the last 5 days i have been asked for 4-5 houses, 2 loans to be paid, funeral expenses to be paid, help with employment, help with school supplies, help with food, help with transportation, help with medicine, help for a local church, and for help for new clothes. it is so hard to navigate and discern. i always pray that we make good decisions. lately we have been so exhausted at the end of the day. it has never felt so good to simply sit down and have a cup of coffee, and unwind. i am thankful to have my best friend since i was 15yrs old (kerrie), and an awesome family to share all of this with...

almost every day last week we had boys from the academy at our house for dinner. in fact, jose (and his sister luvia) just left after coming over for dinner and hanging out with us for a bit. in these boys i see the future of this place. if they turn out to be good daddy's, good husbands, followers of Jesus - it will be worth every tough day!

4 comments:

Jeff Thomas said...

We are praying for you, your family, your ministry and God's will. Love reading the updates!

Jeff
Savannah Christian

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Mark Kelly said...

I have recently heard someone say, "If this life is but a vapor, then how long this suffering?" Hang in there brother. There are people praying for you and your family and ministry!

Yes, it will all be worth it someday!

Mark Kelly said...

I have recently heard someone say, "If this life is but a vapor, then how long this suffering?" Hang in there brother. There are people praying for you and your family and ministry!

Yes, it will all be worth it someday!