By Becky Gonzalez, Director of Global Outreach
Highlighted Ministry: The Abraham Project
Each summer for the past several years, BelPres HS ministry has spent a week serving growing and learning while serving with the Abraham Project, in Villas de Ayarco, Costa Rica. The Abraham Project has the vision of seeing their local community transformed by offering programs and services where people can encounter the love and salvation of Jesus Christ.
Last summer I had the opportunity to spend 36 hours in Costa Rica, where I met Stephen and Georgiana Thomas, saw the beautiful children’s homes, and toured their extensive campus providing services and outreach to vulnerable children and families. I was also able to spend a morning watching our students (and several amazing leaders!) work hard together on a construction project in a nearby church and observed them listening intently to the testimony of the local pastor. The Abraham Project is effective in reaching the most vulnerable in Jesus name, and we are honored to continue to partnering with the they allow us to participate in the work of transformation.
Over the summer on their blog, they shared a story of one of the children in one of their children’s homes. See an excerpt below.
We want to share a story about one such boy and God’s perfect timing. Anthony has been struggling in school. He is super smart, but just dislikes school. Our house parents, Esteban & Gabby, don’t have any problems with him at home. They say that he’s obedient and helpful, however, at school and in the daycare it’s like pulling teeth! He is disobedient and disrupts class by talking and acting out. We have all been at our wit’s end trying to figure out how to reach him.
On July 10th, the prayer group (all women) carried out an activity with the kids in the homes. At one point, they broke off and prayed with the children individually. We noticed that the lady that was praying for Anthony was leading him in the sinner’s prayer. Afterwards, she told us that unprompted Anthony told her that he wanted to accept Jesus as his Savior.
Since that day, he has been a different young man! You can see the difference on his face. He’s still working on his behavior at school, but he hasn’t brought home any notes from the teacher (in one week he had brought home 10 notes from the instructor about his conduct!). Anthony has a servant’s heart. We have often put him to clean or do something around the homes as a consequence and find him happy as a lark! Instead of being a consequence, he finds joy in doing and working! He has very admirable characteristics and we know God is doing good things in his heart! Even though we would love for Adoptions to find him a family right now, we can see God at work even in the timing of things.
We have always viewed the children’s homes like a clinic for brokenhearted kids. Our goal is for every child to leave this place as emotionally and spiritually healthy as they can before integrating into a new family.
Abraham Project: www.abrahamproject.org
Abraham Project blog: www.abrahamproject.wordpress.com
BelPres High School Program will return to Costa Rica in 2015. Contact DTriller@belpres.org for more information.