But, one of the sweet parts was that Amanda came with me for my first week back, and she got to spend an evening with the family of Carmen and Jose, our Children's Home property caretakers. Their five children, from left to right, are Darwin, Hillary, Lady, Sylvia and Danny. They are one of the most precious families I know.
Carmen's story as to how she came to be working at the Children's Home is one for the ages. She had received a dream in which she was walking through a large piece of beautiful property in Costa Rica, and at the bottom of the property was a river. The next thing she knew she was at the river and was helping to bathe lots of little kids--with the aid of a large group of North Americans. She told her husband, Jose, about the dream, and they prayed about it.
Shortly thereafter, Ray and Lidia came to Carmen and Jose and asked them if they'd be willing to visit the site of the proposed Children's Home, in order to see if they'd like to be the caretakers of the property.
As they walked onto the 7-acre piece of gorgeous green property, and then started down the hill on the backside of the property, Carmen saw the river. She immediately turned to Jose and said, "Do you remember the dream?" Jose responded, "Yes, and this won't just be your ministry, this will be our ministry."
Carmen and Jose now work with North American mission teams, preparing the way for a Children's Home to be built on that property--with the purpose of serving, caring for, and loving young Costa Rican children. They may even bathe them in the river one day . . .
Yeah, God does that.