January 17, 2020

She is 16 and beautiful.

Her hair is short because the police cut her hair off last year; but she works the short cut. I see her a few dark evenings in a row. Every time I see her she is not fully present. She always has her bottle of glue close, huffing it every few mo...

October 24, 2019

We took her out for lunch on her 15th birthday.

She asked for chicken and we stuck a candle in it and started singing Happy Birthday and she got a huge grin on her face. She blew out her candle and a few minutes later the owner of the restaurant had the happy birthday s...

May 17, 2019

"So you, by the help of your God, return, hold fast to love and justice, and wait continually for your God." Hosea 12:16

Hold fast to love and justice.


As we walk alongside the kids we work with, we are called to love them right where they are at. To be a listening...

March 7, 2019

We had just finished restocking medical supplies at the local pharmacy. As we walked outside we ran into one of our boys we work closely with. We were chatting, laughing, and joking around. Ellie started humming the song “Reckless Love” and he says “Hermana I know that...

November 1, 2018

I met him on his 17th birthday. I had never interacted much with him before that because he always kept to himself and I did not see much of him. He surprised me that day with a sweet hug as I wished him a happy birthday. 

Then I watched as he was in “El Camino” (a...

September 29, 2018

In the middle of the intersection by one of the markets there is a circle of grass with a sewage canal running through it. It is generally filled with trash and when it rains it fills up quickly with dark, dirty water. There is a small concrete hole or gutter alongside...

August 8, 2018

He wears a little red sweatshirt with the hood up.

I watch him come out from under the bridge and climb up the edge of the canal.

“Hermanita!” He says and flashes me a huge grin. He plops down on my lap and I wrap my arms around the tiny eight year old as his arms wrap a...

July 16, 2018

Guest post from Bob and Kristin Blank:

Today we are returning to the U.S. after the best trip of our lives.  We have no souvenirs nor amazing photos of beautiful sightseeing spots.  Instead, we have hearts and heads full of memories (along with some very dusty tennis sh...

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