OUR LAST DAY…
It’s hard to put into words how we are feeling today. We really didn’t think that our hearts could be broken any more, and yet here we are, completely wrecked and completely full. The Lord has worked on us all in very big ways this week and to say that we are grateful is not enough. We have all gone through beautiful transformations of our hearts that we desperately pray that remain with us when we leave tomorrow.
That being said, we had a fantastic day today! We met the children of Imperio de Amor children’s home at an enormous park in Monterrey. It was beautiful to see the children that we’ve connected with seek us out to spend time with us. We were all extremely aware that today was our last day with them and we were determined to pour every ounce of love, laughter, and play into them. We rode bikes, ran races, pushed kiddos on the swings, gave a ton of piggyback rides and ate 14 pizzas in record time! We laughed so hard, we got sweaty, we got dirty, we broke swings, and we broke the rules and let some little boys play in sprinklers (oops!). We tied shoes, gave hugs, held hands, and wiped away some tears. The beauty of the day was not in the where or the what, but in the who. We loved seeing these children let go, with room to run and just play!
These children became ours this week. They are are forever imprinted on our hearts and we will never be the same.
Lord, we are so thankful for our time spent here. Thank you for Back2Back and their beautiful ministry and leadership. Every day they taught us how to serve the least of these here in Monterrey and every day they ministered to our transforming hearts, giving us specific and deliberate growth for our souls.
Lord, keep these children in our hearts and minds as we head home and continue to do ministry with them in mind. Continue to break our hearts for what breaks yours.
Lord, thank for our team. It is so clear to us that we are not ready to leave these children, but we realized tonight that we are not quite ready to leave each other either. What a gift you gave us when you put us together on this journey. Help us to remain close and to hold each other accountable for staying on mission.
“A father to the fatherless, a defender of the widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing, but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land. “