There’s a girl I’ve mentioned on here more than a few times over the past couple years. The toughest, most stubborn 16 year old who has made me cry on various occasions. She comes from a world where there is … Continue reading

Sometimes, conversations are really hard. Occasionally, they make my heart feel like it is ripping into a million pieces. Once in a while, I think surely I can fix every single bit of the brokenness these kids face. But then reality hits. I can’t fix everything. It is impossible for me to make everything better. If … Continue reading SJ 2016: Kids Just Want To Have Fun

Anyone who knows the story of ‘how this all got started’ knows that the climax involved Sean and I sitting with a 10 year old boy named Richar in a government run children’s home as he cried over and over again, “I don’t want to be here.” “I want my mommy.” “God please help me.”…

She’s only 14. And at such a young age, she’s already taking on more responsibility than her older siblings. Of course, being the oldest daughter in the family, she’s expected to do more than her brothers. Go grocery shopping, feed … Continue reading

I’ve always known him for his smile. It lights up a room like few I’ve ever seen, and unlike a lot of the kids, he sure doesn’t mind showing off his pearly whites. He really doesn’t have an option most of the time, because well, he spends so much time laughing. At the age of … Continue reading SJ 2016: ee-cee-bah-cee

I’ve always known him for his smile. It lights up a room like few I’ve ever seen, and unlike a lot of the kids, he sure doesn’t mind showing off his pearly whites. He really doesn’t have an option most of the time, because well, he spends so much time laughing. At the age of…

I remember meeting him in Nueva Esperanza, the government-run children’s home, back in 2013. Looking back, I can’t believe he stayed longer than a few days before escaping. I remember his elusiveness- never fulling answering questions about himself. And who … Continue reading

Normally, I don’t really notice Profesora Claudia. In fact, sometimes it’ll be a while before I am even aware that she is working. So why is my goal today to try to convince you to cover the cost of her salary for 2017? Well, the fact that I sometimes discount her is the point. It is not because … Continue reading SJ 2016: Fitting Right In

Normally, I don’t really notice Profesora Claudia. In fact, sometimes it’ll be a while before I am even aware that she is working. So why is my goal today to try to convince you to cover the cost of her salary for 2017? Well, the fact that I sometimes discount her is the point. It is not because…

Sometimes the dead come back to life. Of course, it helps when the dead aren’t actually dead…just missing. Imagine spending years thinking that your son was gone forever. And then one day, he walks through the door of your shack. Me: What did she do??? Wilson:  She cried. This is joy unspeakable. Then imagine your…

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