Monday, January 7, 2013

A Trip to the Orphanage

You never really know what to expect when you go to an orphanage. Will it be clean? Will the children be well behaved? Will they be skittish and shy? So many questions...

Images from "Little Orphan Annie" or "The Three Stooges" came to mind...but it was nothing like that.

On January 6, many Latin American people celebrate Epiphany or Kings' Day. Traditionally, it's the celebration of when the "three" kings delivered their gifts to baby Jesus. (The Bible never says there were 3 kings, or wise men--just three gifts.) In Latin America, many parents use this day to give gifts to their children instead of Christmas day.

So this year, on January 6, we joined some friends and delivered gifts to children who live at Casa Hogar Canan. What an experience! There were 22 young people, from age 5 months and up, who live in this particular house. We delivered Christmas presents, blankets, clothes, chalkboards, and hopefully the love of Christ.

This sweet girl captured the hearts of many!

This precious boy...
his father didn't watont him, so he broke his skull.
His mother sought refuge in the orphanage.
The bigger boys received nerf guns, and it didn't take them long to set up a war zone with old tires!

This guy was ready to help in any way he could!

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