DAILY, we are surrounded by reminders that this world is not our home. Just look at the COVID-19 virus that, while decreasing in some parts of the world, continues to rage in India.
An earthquake and volcano recently erupted in the D.R. Congo, not far from Patmos Children’s Village. Yet, despite these problems, know that God is working through you. This world may not be our home, but your love and support provide the children with a ‘little piece of Heaven.
Rubí, a grown ICC child, recently shared that exact sentiment. She and her brother, Victor, joined Los Pinos Children’s Village after being abandoned and abused. Because of your support, they received loving care that transformed their lives.
Anabela Alejos, Los Pinos Development Director, said:
“Thanks to God and to each of the people who support this ministry, each boy or girl who enters our program learns … of the love that Jesus has for them. They take the assurance that He will guide them wherever they go.”
The following is a shortened translation of Rubí’s letter:
‘I want to thank you for the help you have given me since I arrived at the Hogar. I have no doubt that since I arrived my life has changed completely.
‘It all started in 1997. I was too young to understand what was happening, but over time I began to understand that everything was for my good. I began to receive love and affection from people who did not know me, but that God put in their hearts the desire to help without receiving anything in return.
‘I kept growing, and my life changed. In the year 2000, I was taken to Petén, a place where they welcomed me with a lot of love. I began to learn many things that would help me sooner or later, but above all, they taught me the love God has for his children and to understand God’s plan for my life. I grew up in homes full of love, joy, and discipline.
‘In 2016, once again, God continued to manifest Himself in my life. I had the opportunity to study for a university degree.
‘Now, this year, it was time to put into practice everything that I was taught throughout these 24 years that I had the opportunity to receive help from my ICC home.
‘Today, I can say that I grew up in a little piece of Heaven, where there are so many angels who God sent to be able to give love without receiving anything in return. I will be, all my life, grateful that they gave my life a different direction. Once again, thank you for all that you did for me and for what you continue to do for so many children, youth and adolescents around the world. I ask God to continue to fill you with abundant blessings.’