Saturday, March 5, 2011

Sleepless in Panajachel

It's been two months since we started getting plugged into ministry at Eagle's Nest. So much has happened, it's hard to synthesize all that God is doing in us and through us here. We have enjoyed hosting teams from the US, Lee is neck deep in understanding the finances as well as building relationships with the employees at EN. The one facet of this ministry that never fails to crush our hearts: the kids in the home.

Over the last two weeks, we have had three new babies arrive in the home. Tragically, these babies have been abandoned for reasons we cannot begin to fathom. In his mercy, the Lord has allowed them to be placed under our protection and care. It is our honor and privilege to defend the defenseless and protect the fatherless.

Last night, we had the privilege of keeping baby Victoria in our home. Because she has some special medical needs, it was decided that she needs to have individual monitoring until we are fully aware of her individual needs. She has been staying with our ministry partners, the Patlans. They went to Guatemala City for the night, so we got the joy of keeping her for the night.

It's been a longtime since I had a newborn in the house. We believe she is about a month old, but she only weighs about 5 1/2 pounds. Her hands are so tiny; she's absolutely precious. The kids were so excited to hold her and shower her with love. Lee got her in the "baby sleeper hold" yesterday afternoon - she was conked out for a good nap!

I got the night shift. She pretty much slept with me all night. I tried to put her in her bed, but it was very cold and lonely. She definitely preferred cuddling with me on the couch. Needless to say, I didn't get much sleep, but I count it pure joy to "suffer" one sleepless night in order to bless this sweet girl.

Hungry girl!

All worn out after her bottle!

"O LORD, you hear the desire of the afflicted; you will strengthen their heart;
you will incline your ear to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed,
so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more."
Psalm 10:17-18

For many reasons, the parents of these children feel defeated in their ability to protect and defend, but the Lord is their defender. Our family gets to be the hands and feet of Christ in the lives of these kids. We are grateful that he has chosen us to stand in the gap. Pray for us as we shepherd these young hearts. Pray for these young hearts to be healed and redeemed by the grace and mercy of their great Defender.


  1. What a special blessing you are to these children of God! From the pictures, it looks like they are a blessing to all of you also!