The next day we had another celebration; but it was a celebration of a different sorts; we celebrated Bro. Coleman's (my pastor growing up & Bro. Rodney's father) home going. It was a sad time; but the service was a beautiful testimony of his faithful to his God, his family and his ministry!
The next day we started preparing for Mom and Dad's 50th anniversary on the 16th. It was a lot of work leading up to the big day; but I would not have had it any other way! I so glad able to be a part of helping them prepare their special day! I am very thankful that God blessed me with the loving mother and father that He gave me! They were very hard on us as we were growing up; but today I am so thankful that they loved me enough to take me to church, teach me right from wrong and to discipline me when I needed it! I am the person I am today because of them! I do not have children of my own; but God has placed me in the lives of many children here at Casa (and outside Casa.) I hope that I can be that same loving parent figure for the children here at Casa that my parents were to me! I love them more than words could ever express! Thanks Mom and Dad!
The celebrating was not over; the following weekend I was able to attend my thirtieth class reunion! It was a good weekend catching up with my former classmates and talking about the old days! I was even able to meet a fellow missionary who is in Kampala, Uganda!
After all the celebrating was over, I set to work on schoolwork! The rest of my trip I pretty much spent working on stuff for the coming year! Ana (Ruth) told me before I left for the states that I was not to work on schoolwork while I was home. I told her it was too late; that I already had plans to get stuff ready for the coming year. I told her that I like making things for my class and that I did not consider it work! The only thing I consider work is trying to keep up with two hundred notebooks when I teach! It was not all work; I did manage to speak to a second grade class about Guatemala, attend a few Christmas parties and speak at a couple of churches.
Over the past year, I have thought a lot about the success of our children here at Casa and few months back I came across a quote by Josh Shipp. It says, "Every kid is one caring adult away from being a success story." Think about it, we could be that one caring adult who helps a child (or adult) be a success story. I encourage you to begin to take the time to invest in others; God could use you to make the difference in someone's life!
In closing, I want thank each one of you who support Casa & I! It means more than you will ever know! Only eternity will tell the impact your support had here at Casa! Please continue to pray for our staff as we try to help each child at Casa be a success!
Happy New Year! May the coming year be blessed!