Our school year has just ended. Celia & Alfonso have finished 8th grade, and Flora has finished high school. Last week was her graduation, and we enjoyed celebrating her achievement. She’s already found a job, and this week she started working at a dollar store near our house. She’s such a wonderful young lady and she has lots of hopes and dreams for her life. We’re so happy to have her in our family, and we’re excited to see what the Lord has prepared for her future!
Carlos is the newest member of our family, but he’s actually someone that we’ve known the longest. He came to live in Casa Shalom in the year 2000 at the age of 10. He was only able to finish 4th grade because of a serious learning disability, and he left the orphanage when he was 19 in order to work. For the past 4 years he’s lived and worked for his step-brothers in their taylor shop. It’s just a few blocks away from our house, and we’ve had regular contact with him over the years. In September he told us that the family was tired of him living with them, and that he didn’t know what to do. So we immediately welcomed him in to our family!
One thing that we greatly admire about Carlos is that through all the difficulties and problems in his life, he has consistently sought the Lord and faithfully goes to church. And in our nightly devotions he wants to read the Bible even though it’s difficult for him. He’s very inspirational and we’re so blessed to now have him as part our family!
In September we started building the second story of our house! We currently have 3 bedrooms in our house which serve as our room, the guys’ room and a guest room. The second story would allow us to give Margaret her own room, have more space for more guys, and move my office out of the living room.
We’ve just finished building the walls and we hope to finish the cement roof in December. Then early next year we’ll finish the stucco and waterproofing of the walls, putting in the floor, doors, windows, electrical wiring, and bathroom appliances.
Please join us in prayer for the remaining $6,000 that we need in order to finish the final steps of the construction. Please pray that God would continue to fill us with His love and wisdom as we minister in Guatemala. Please pray that both our past and present children would continue to see the Lord’s will for their lives. And please pray for all those that will come to live with us in the future, that our home would be a place of refuge, peace, hope and love.
Brent, Yuliza & Margaret