This week we had a group of college age students visit the Back2Back campus in Monterrey. Besides having a great week serving in the children’s homes and Rio areas, this group took a particular interest in our students living here on campus, the students of the Hope Education Program. Just today I was handed envelopes for all five boys living in my home through this program. These envelopes were filled with journal entries/letters written by group members for my boys. They are blessings on a page.
The transition from living in a children’s home to life on the Back2Back campus is a big one for most of our students. One of the things many of them miss is all the fun they had with our American groups who visit! They miss the cookouts, field trips and all the attention and love given by mission trip team members. Some still interact with groups, but many are busy with school and work while groups are here. Sometimes they feel a little left out. But not this week. This week this group went out of its way to love on our students. And while the students aren’t little any more, the attention, love, and relationship still brings a big impact. It helps them to remember that they are loved and loveable.
For me, the best part was an hour on the couch translating the letters for one of my boys; great letters, letters in English, simple letters full of love and truth. These letters opened the door for a great conversation with my foster son about some important spiritual truths, about who he is in Jesus and how God ‘s love for him is so deep that He will use anything and everything to get to him. Even letters from a college student he’s never met, written in a language he doesn’t really understand. That’s how far our God will go to pursue us…with blessings on a page.