Tuesday morning, I had the most blessed opportunity to attend Erasmo and Mariana’s junior high graduation!
The morning started off with me curling Mariana’s hair and doing her makeup. It was such a sweet time in my room. Carolina, was also there and I was able to speak in depth the beginnings of the Gospel to them. In my personal reading, I am learning a lot about God’s sovereignty and His attributes. So as I began curling Mariana’s hair little by little, I began speaking of God. His immutability, His sovereignty, His perfection, His creation before and after the fall, His decree and His plan for the salvation of man.
It was the first time in a while that they listened to what I was sharing, asked questions and seemed to really grasp the truth. This was a huge answered prayer as I’ve been praying for natural, opportune times to occur with these girls to gently yet firmly share with them who is God and who we are as fallen man. Please continue to pray that God give me wisdom and show me when to speak, hold my tongue and what to say. Also that the hearts of the girls be open to the truth.
With finishing touches of hair and makeup, it was time to go! Erasmo and Mariana are the first 2 in their family to have made it so far in their education. They’re the only ones to have graduated 9th grade! It was such a special day as Jackie, Julie and I were able to sit in the front row and cheer them on! They both looked so happy and excited to be a part of such a monumental life moment.
When all the students walked out I was taking pictures and yelling, as I do, and got quite emotional to think of all that these 2 have been through, have come out of and are accomplishing! Seeing the both of them sitting side by side, walk up and across the stage and get their junior high certificate was such a blessing and encouragement to me and my soul.
To know that little by little, things are moving along down here in Bachiniva is an honor to see. Kids are learning. Though it may be slow, oh so slow, strenuous, tedious work. Kids are growing both physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Kids are hearing of the Gospel, God’s joyous news that leads to salvation. Kids are learning life skills. How to cook, clean, take care of younger kids, how to care for themselves, self-discipline. They’re learning how to dream and plan. How to work hard, rest, laugh, enjoy life and learning what it means to be in a safe home.
In this ministry, working with kids, things are VERY slow in producing fruit. As I’m sure most all with kids are aware. There are some areas in where fruit is still waiting to be shown. In the past almost 2 years of doing ministry down here, the verses from the books of Isaiah and Matthew have never rang so true in my heart.
Isaiah 55:11- “So is My word [as the rain and snow] that goes out from My mouth will not return to Me empty, but it will accomplish what I please and will prosper in what I send it to do.”
Matthew 6:33-34- “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you. Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
In what can become the rut of every day life, there is hope. In the daily cleaning, cooking, working, homework, discipline, tears, laughter, etc. the Lord is moving. He is working. He has ordained all things from beginning to end since before the foundation of the world. In what seems minuscule and unimportant, the Lord is holding it in His hands. A major point of encouragement for me is knowing that my task, my job, my ministry is to be obedient to God, serve Him, honor Him and share the gospel. To seek His kingdom first. And in doing that, His word will be accomplished for what He so pleases and it will prosper in what He sends it to do.
As the end of this school year comes to an end, PRAISE GOD, little by little, things are coming to light. Having our first pair of junior highers graduate and make it to high school is a huge honor and a major accomplishment. Knowing that our kids are learning how to write, read, add, subtract, multiply and divide is awesome! To see them in the kitchen making dinner for 25 people is such a glimpse of the Lord’s heart for serving. Watching the kids take care of themselves, each other and all those around them is a sign of growth and maturity that they wouldn’t otherwise have had.
The Lord is faithful. He blesses the work of His servants. Those with humble hearts and contrite spirits. He loves to see orphans cared for. He desires for all to come to repentance and to a saving knowledge of His grace. God also knows that those things take time. That for us impatient humans, we may be waiting a lifetime for prayers to be answered and for fruit to bear. Yet we can still trust and hope in Him. Knowing that He is outside of our realm of time and space. He is omniscient and omnipresent and unchanging.
Little by little things will come to pass.