We were on our way to Salvation Army Children’s Home with Ruby, one of the children we serve in Mazatlan, Mexico. It was the day of her quincenera and Ruby was nervous.
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Quinceneras are an important Mexican tradition for young girls in Latin America. This celebration is a significant rite of passage – a day of huge festivities with family and friends marking a girl’s 15th birthday.
Wendy, who grew up in a children’s home, had quietly dreamed of having a quincenera but she had never actually attended one. It didn’t take long for her to realize that the day would reach far beyond a simple party.
As the three girls celebrating their quinceneras walked into the room, the words of Connie (a director at their children’s home, Manatial de Amor) rang in my ears. “These three girls have been with us for a long time. They grew up in this children’s home. As I was praying today God reminded me that… Read more