The Lord brought us a special blessing a 10 days ago, in the form of a little boy named Jose Alfredo. The DIF stopped by with Alfredo (which he likes to be called), who they believe had been neglected and abandoned by his alcoholic mother and abusive stepdad. A woman in town had taken Alfredo in to care for him until another home became available. The DIF turned to us to be that home, at least for the weekend, while they launched their investigation to find out more about this little boy.
It was a rough first night for this little guy, who we believe is 7 years old. He cried for a good portion of the night, however things turned around quickly. He quickly warmed up to the other children and they began reaching out and playing with their new friend.
Alfredo goes to a different school in town. We went to meet with the principal to see about changing schools, so he can be with the other House of Blessing students. Come to find out, Alfredo isn’t even enrolled in school. He has no papers, no documents, no birth certificate. He has just been considered a “visitor at the school”. So, basically, Alfredo is sort of “lost” in the system.
Each of the children that come into our home, tug on your heart in a different way. This little guy has been unique. There is no record that Jose Alfredo even exists.
It has been wonderful spending time with him and seeing how much he has changed in just those few days. He is smiling, laughing and even talking. Up until a few days ago, if you asked Alfredo how old he is, he’d say 3 years old. He doesn’t know how to read or write, however that is a huge aspiration of his. Alfredo told Jackie the other day that he is going to learn how to read really fast. Carlos has been working with him after school and Alfredo can already write part of his name.
Please pray for Alfredo. The DIF came yesterday morning to give us an update on the investigation. They are doing everything they can to keep Alfredo here with us, in a safe and healthy home. This week some more officials will come out to meet with us and Aldredo. Lord willing, he will be apart of our family for many years to come!
As I have prayed much for this young man and thought a lot about what his life has been like…the Lord has flooded my thoughts with His wonderful words.
“Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows” (Matthew 10:29-33).
“For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:13-14).
There may not be any physical documents/record of who this young boy is, however, our Savior knows EXACTLY who Jose Alfredo is. He knows the number of hairs on his little head. Alfredo has been fearfully and wonderfully made. Alfredo is loved by the Most High God…as well as his new family here at Casa de Bendicion!