Seeing God Through Children

3 11 2010

“But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” (Luke 18:16)


Today at work, I went into Mexico for more of the family interviews that I have recently been conducting. Each family is so unique and so special, and I feel more than blessed to work with them. Not only do their stories compel me and inspire the work I do, but they also allow me to see and experience God. Today, one of the families that I visited lives in a community called Teraazas de Valle. Its a very poor and mountainous area on the east side of Tijuana. When it rains, this neighborhood is nearly impassable. I love working in Terrazas, because that is where I first fell in love with the work Amor is doing in Mexico. My church youth group built a house in Terrazas in 2004, and I have never forgotten that experience.

Anyways, back to today. So today, as I do most days when I go to Mexico, I meet with one of the pastors we work with at his church in Tijuana and together we visit a few families in his community. We conduct the interview, ask some questions, take some pictures and leave. But today was different. As I sat and talked with the mother of this family, I could not help but notice her three adorable daughters ages 8, 4 and 3. The girls we so happy to have company and we thrilled by the new house they received this summer. The house allowed for them to have a separate bedroom from their parents and an area to play. With pride they showed me all of their toys, nail polish, school uniforms and gifts that they treasured so much. While the pastors continued to talk with their mother, the girls would not let me leave their side and we read together, colored, played with dolls and pretty much everything else in their room for the next hour. Despite a slight language barrier, the girls were content to play alongside me and didn’t want me to leave. After I told her that I didn’t speak Spanish as well as she did, and that I was learning more, Stephanie, the oldest girl, proceeded to get out her school books and give me a lesson in Spanish vocabulary (a la 3rd grade science book. I now know all the words to explain the circulatory system and the food chain). It was so precious. They were such beautiful, happy children, truly filled with the love of Christ. Eagerly willing to welcome me into their world despite the fact that I look nothing like them and can’t speak their language well. Oh, the faith of children… it constantly amazes me.


In His love,






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