God placed a desire to serve and love orphans on my heart many years ago. In 2015 I had the privilege of going on a short-term mission trip to Casa Hogar - Benito Juarez children's home for indigenous children in Oaxaca, Mexico (pictured above). While at this orphanage, I fell in love with the children and the place, and I also felt like I could see myself serving in a similar fashion longer term. Never did I imagine that this would become an actual reality, and especially in the same exact place!
After preparing to move to China for missions throughout this past year and then seeing the Lord clearly shutting that door, I began praying to the Lord about what He would have for me next. A friend of mine, Alissa, had been seeking the Lord this past year about her next steps and God made it very clear to her that He was leading her to Mexico. Alissa, then, asked me if I had any connections to Mexico. I shared with her information about Casa Hogar, thinking that this could be a great fit for her. Weeks went by as I continued to seek God's will for my next steps. "God, where in the world are you leading me!?" Then, one day, as Alissa and I were texting about Casa Hogar, I said, "I might have to visit you if you go there because I miss that place so much.." Alissa responded, "We could just go together while you wait for China to open up." As soon as I read that message, it was like a huge lightbulb exploded over my head! Of course I would love to go together!
From that moment on I have received so much peace, joy, and confirmation from the Lord that I am very confident that this is the place that the Lord is leading me to next. And it's so exciting to be able to share this experience with a friend who shares my heart for the vulnerable and broken. I'm committing two years to serve at this orphanage in Mexico and since this is a volunteer position, it will only be possible with generous support from friends and family like you. Will you consider partnering with me in this faith journey to serving the Lord in Mexico? I truly believe that your gift will make a significant impact on children's lives!
With much love,
"I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you." - Jesus, in John 14:18
Additional details -
Cost: $800 per month
Dates: 8/25/2018 - 8/25/2020
Ministry: Caring for children, teaching English, studying Spanish, hosting trips, and evangelism/discipleship
Website: Casa Hogar - Benito Juarez