Sometimes it's easy to get caught up in the day to day drama of caring for kids, with "this kid won't do their homework" or "that kid jumped off the top bunk and bumped his head." It's easy to get side-tracked and take our mind off the big picture. These kids are very normal kids; they're sometimes frustrating and stubborn. But when we think about this last year that they've lived here and compare our first months with them to what their lives are like now, we know we've made huge progress.
These kids are loved on and cared for by their house parents, the families that live here, and our volunteers. They've been learning in the Library, gaining responsibility through chores, and getting a chance to romp around outside and be kids. We're seeing growth in everything from self-confidence, to better behavior, to the overcoming of physical limitations.
The dream of giving these kids a new life, a better life, is really happening! Little by little we are seeing their lives change. The process is not without its bumps and set-backs, but we are really making a difference in their lives. These kids will have a much different life because someone cares about them.
With that being said, we want to announce that we are ramping up to open a third home for children in the first half of 2013! We feel blessed with the 10 children that we care for, but also know that there are many more unwanted and unloved children that a need a place where they are wanted and loved.
In this season of thanksgiving, we want to give a hearty thanks to those of you who help make our ministry possible! You are making the difference in these kid's lives.