Wednesday, February 26, 2014

getting paperwork reveals bigger problems...

we are hoping to do some international traveling with our rhinos this year.  the JV boys have been invited to play in a tournament in honduras, and we're praying for the possibility of taking the varsity boys to the US.

as we prepare for these opportunities, we are working hard to obtain paperwork on all the boys, so that we can get their passports, etc.  in doing so, some of the reminders of the injustices of poverty are rearing their ugly heads.

some boys don't have parents.  some do but they don't have legal documents saying they are guatemalan citizens.  some have absent parents in other places who are impossible to track down.  others have dads living right around the corner who don't even claim their kid.

some have parents who are permanently bedridden so they can't go to the necessary places to get paperwork done.  and the most recent example from today, one isn't even sure which guy his dad really is.  after seeing the father's name on his birth certificate he told us, "i know that guy, but he's not my dad."

one by one, we will get to the bottom of each case.  and as we do so, God reminds us what a blessing it is to be a part of the healing process, and correcting process, of the many wrongs that these boys have endured in their lives.

what a blessing it is to be a part of raising up the next generation of leaders in Buena Vista.

1 comment:

The Gall Family said...

How humbling this post is....and yet I love that God knows exactly who they are, and more importantly, has promised each of them their citizenship in Heaven! I think about the song Kings and Queens,

"On their own, on the run when their lives have only begun
These could be our daughters and our sons
And just like a drum I can hear their hearts beating
I know my God won’t let them be defeated
Every child has a dream to belong and be loved

Boys become kings, girls will be queens
Wrapped in Your majesty
When we love, when we love the least of these
Then they will be brave and free
Shout your name in victory
When we love when we love the least of these
When we love the least of these

Break our hearts once again
Help us to remember when
We were only children hoping for a friend
Won’t you look around these are the lives that the world has forgotten
Waiting for doors of our hearts and our homes to open

If not us who will be like Jesus
To the least of these
If not us tell me who will be like Jesus
Like Jesus to the least of these"
So humbled and daily challenged to live a life that makes a difference for His kingdom....what a testimony you and your family and those you serve with our to ours!