Thank you for your prayers during our trip to the Creel Orphanage this week.  I would say that the trip was both a blessing and a challenge.  We knew that the change and relocating of the orphans would be difficult to recieve, for Leno and Lupe...who have faithfully taken care of the children.  This is why all the prayers leading up to this trip...and your prayers this week were so important and definitely felt. We met Ray for lunch on Wednesday before heading to the children’s home.  After some prayer and thought...we decided that Pastor Luis, Ray and I would meet with Leno and Lupe, while Kim, Jackie and Antu play and hangout with the kids.  Ray shared with them all that God had been speaking to his heart, prior to even meeting me.  He had been praying...Lord what is the future for this can we overcome some of the challenges we have faced over the years.  It was then that the Lord brought our paths to cross, and, has led our every step up to today.  The conversation was very difficult and met with much resistance.  After about 2 hours of talking...we all agreed it would be good to take a break, continue praying and seeking the Lord, and meet again in the morning.  We closed our time with prayer and it was incredibly powerful.  I left the orphanage wondering, why the meeting didn’t go the way I wanted it too...but, encouraged that the God of the universe has ALL things under control!

I didn’t get much sleep that night at all.  I kept tossing and turning...asking the Lord, what do you have in store? this the right move?...have we misheard You?...etc!  That morning, I realized why the Lord allowed me to toss and that I could be praying throughout the night and crying out to Him...

“The Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night His song shall be with me...a prayer to the God of my life” (Psalm 42:8).

Thursday mornings meeting was night and day difference.  Leno and Lupe where more open and receptive to what God is doing.  They shared they have more of a peace and they desire what the Lord wants.  They also brought up some good points regarding what can legally and not legally be done with the children.  We shared we were planning on meeting with the attorney on Friday and would keep them updated as we find out more.

Through our meeting with Eduardo (Ray’s lawyer in Mexico) and a meeting with the Internal House of Indian Affairs...the Lord seems to continue leading us in this direction.  There are still a number of “unanswered” we try to understand how things work in Mexico.  However, we will faithfully walk through doors until they either close, OR, God sees this through to the end.  With that in mind...the more we pray...the greater peace He will give us.  Regardless of how many orphans we will get...or where they will come from...God has spoken to ALL of our hearts that Casa de Bendicion is from Him and He is in control.  May all of our prayers be...HIS will be done...NOT ours!

“Be anxious for nothing but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;  and the peace which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).

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