|9-year-old Ben at Hogar de Amor in 2012|
|13-year-old Ben still loves to play with the kids at Hogar de Amor!|
Every year, I get more joy and deep satisfaction out of our relationships with the staff and caregivers of Hogar de Amor.
Over the years, God has redirected my heart and energy away from what we "do" in Mexico. I still relish bringing down scads of donations. I still enjoy fixing stuff around the houses and working hard to make the orphanage more pleasant and more functional for everybody who lives there. But the reality is that the curtains we sew will need to be replaced in a couple of years and the walls we repaint will get scuffed again. What we "produce" in Mexico just doesn't last.
I'm a doer. Verses like 1 John 3:18 make sense to me:
Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.
1 Corinthians 13:13:
Three things will last forever — faith, hope, and love — and the greatest of these is love.It's not the action that lasts forever, it's the love - the relationship.
I am so grateful that at Hogar de Amor I get to be a blessing to the team, the kids, the caregivers, and the church staff. And I am so grateful that I get to be blessed and changed by the depth of the relationships that God has made possible in that amazing place.