June 2020 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

When we turn on the news or look at social media, we may not see much good right now. Our world seems to be turned upside down and it can be discouraging. But several years ago, when one of our foster children left our home and several of our children were facing some very difficult challenges, God spoke to me about "looking for the good" in all situations. It was a hard time and I couldn't see much good. But in Thessalonians 5:18 it says, "Give thanks in ALL circumstances" and in verse 21, it says, "Hold onto the good." When we look for the good, it causes us to have a grateful heart. And no matter what we see around us, I believe God wants our focus to be on the good things that He is doing. We, too, can be part of that and rejoice in it!

At the end of May, Enrique and I celebrated twenty years of marriage. We decided after almost three months in quarantine that we would go out and celebrate. We got all dressed up (in our masks and gloves ha ha) and we had our hand gel and wipes, and we were all ready for a romantic date. I was nervous and excited at the same time, wondering what things would be like. We went to a place we had been many times before on special occasions. Enrique had made friends with the waiters there many years back. Enrique has a gift for meeting new people and loves to be able to share what the Lord is doing.

When we arrived, everyone was so happy to see us. It seemed they all wanted to talk. In fact, one by one, they came up to our table, very eager to share what their lives had been like over the last few months. One young man, who has become very dear to us over the years, came up and showed us pictures of his newborn baby twins. All he could say was, "I am so grateful to the Lord! I still have my job and I am able to support my family." He lives in a poor neighborhood in San Jose and his life has not been easy. We could see the joy in his eyes behind his mask as he showed us the pictures.

Another man told us how his friend's marriage had been saved because of quarantine: "They lost their jobs and were forced to be together and work things out. Even though they lost their jobs, they are grateful for what the Lord has done!" Others gathered around to tell of their good news too! Even though they had gone through very hard situations, all we were hearing was the good! Their focus was on the goodness of the Lord in the midst of very challenging times. It brought so much joy to our hearts. Enrique was able to share what the Lord has been doing in our lives too; things He is teaching us. They listened, eager to know what else the Lord had been up to! I have to say, it was a very different date indeed! One we will never forget!

Recently, Enrique delivered a box to his childhood friend. We found out he just lost his job and he has a young daughter who is deaf and has special needs. It has been a very hard time for them. Enrique has gotten a message every day from him and his wife telling us what a difference the food has made. It brought them some peace and happiness in the midst of such a hard time. I could tell you so many stories of all the families! I think just knowing we are not walking alone in this difficult time is so important.

We have seen the same grateful hearts as we continue to give out food boxes. I have thought about how important it is to help lighten people's load. People are carrying a heavy load right now. And just showing up can help lighten a load and makes all the difference in the world.

One very dear lady called me and said, "I was able to pay my electric bill because of the food box you brought...I used my grocery money to pay our bill!" She was beside herself with excitement at how the Lord had provided exactly what they needed. They were able to keep the lights on for another month! She couldn't stop thanking me and telling me what a blessing this was to their whole family. Her older daughter has written us many times to thank us for continuing to care for her mother. When you give a box of food it has a ripple effect. It is SO much more than just food.

We are praying for each one of you. We know that many are facing very challenging times in the United States, too. Thank you so much for standing with our family and so many families here. It is hard to express just how much it has meant to us. We have had problems with our septic tank and plumbing. And this last week, men were here working to get it fixed. We had hoped, especially during this time, that nothing would break down, but we have had to get things fixed and had extra expenses. Life is like that sometimes! But, God is faithful, and we are grateful.

We would appreciate your prayers for our children, and our new grandbaby too. They have all faced challenges but we know God is at work in all of their lives

We pray that you will be encouraged in the weeks ahead. Please continue to remember us in your prayers and in your giving, as the Lord leads you. God is doing amazing things! We love and appreciate you!

"Give thanks in all circumstances for this is God's will for you in Jesus Christ."

Much love,

Enrique and Charlyn Mejia