August 2018 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

July has been a very big month for us! We are so excited because our oldest daughter, Daniela, got married to Jonathan Murillo on the 14th. My Dad came to Costa Rica for the wedding and was with us for two weeks. He performed the wedding ceremony which makes it even more special! That has always been Daniela's dream to have her Grandpa be a part of the wedding.

Daniela came into our home when she was nine years old. She and her other four siblings were the first five children to come and live with me in my small condominium near San Jose. Daniela's seven year old brother, Eduardo, escorted her down the aisle at my wedding and who would have thought that eighteen years later, we would be getting ready for her big day! They were our first foster children and never in my wildest dreams did I know what the future would bring.

Bringing a nine-year-old and four younger siblings in my home and getting ready for my own wedding was far from easy, but oh what fun we had practicing for the big day! They knew nothing of weddings and flowers; marriage and commitment and family were all brand new things to each child. They came dirty and broken from abusive and hurtful relationships. So, for them it was a dream come true to be a part of a family! But, easy it was not. You would think it would be easy to be part of a loving family; it was something they had always dreamed of, but dealing with insecurities and hurts that go way deep down take time to heal.

Daniela had many ups and downs and faced many challenges, but we are so grateful to the Lord for His faithfulness through it all. We are especially grateful for the man the Lord has given her. He is strong and loving and puts the Lord first in his life. Not only has he been like a son to us, but he has also been a dear friend and has taken a big interest in all the other kids, spending time with them and encouraging them in their walk with the Lord. God has given him a gift to reach out to others and he has been a big part of the work at Hidden Treasures. Isn't it amazing how God puts everything together?

When I look at Daniela and Jonathan, it makes me remember God's faithfulness. A mother, facing many trials with her own children, wrote, "Seeing Daniela get married has brought our whole family hope." That really stuck out in my mind; our testimony and what God has done in our lives bring so much hope to the people around us. God's faithfulness to us makes faith and hope rise in others. As one hurting child said, "If God can do it for Daniela, maybe He can do it for me too!" This really touched my heart. When hope and faith rise, lives are changed and we know that with God, all things are possible. God can heal broken hearts and He will use our past hurts to bring hope to people in the future.

A few weeks ago, we had a team from Atlanta visiting in our home. They have been dear friends of ours for years. Chris Hyatt was my youth pastor growing up in Alabama. He had a big influence in my life and encouraged me in my walk with the Lord. He spoke at our church and it was a very timely message for us. Chris said, "The same God that started something in your life, will finish it. We want God to handle the things around us, but He says, 'I am working in YOU.' The Father still has business to do and He is calling you into His partnership."

Many times I have thought God was just working in my children's lives, through all the hurt and pain, but God was and is working in me to change me and make me into the person He wants me to be, preparing me for what He has in the future. I am believing what He started, He will finish, and He's not finished yet!

I'm so grateful that God sends dear friends when you need them and so grateful my Dad was able to come also. I can't tell you how much it has meant for us to have him here. He is such a blessing. It seems the older I get, the more I realize just how much I need him in my life. Each time we were with him, we tried to take in all his words of wisdom. His love and encouragement will remain in our hearts forever! Thank you, Dad, for letting us pour out our hearts to you and for not only loving me, but loving and caring for each one of our children. Nothing compares to the love of a father!

We want to thank all of you for standing with us in your prayers, giving, and friendship! It means so much. These last few months have not been easy, but we are so grateful for all your love and support. We feel like God is calling us into a new season. We are seeking him and preparing for what he has next. Please pray with us as we seek his will.

We will begin soon with major repairs to our home. We have had a lot of damage from humidity and bad weather. We may have to move out of our home while repairs are being done. Please pray that we find the right people to help us and that we will find the right place where we can go.

You have been such a blessing to so many lives! Many of you have supported us financially and have been with me since I first came to Costa Rica. It was because of your love and God's faithfulness that our daughter Daniela could live in a loving home and finally meet her new husband. Just think of how many lives will be changed because of their story; there are so many more stories to be told! We must never forget what God has done; He is faithful! Her story gives many hope, and what He started He WILL finish!!

Much love,

Enrique and Charlyn Mejia