November 2019 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

I have a friend that says, "When you love people where they are at, they will soon get to where they need to be." Loving people where they are at isn't always easy because people can be in some really hard places. But loving people...ALL kinds of people...is what God has called us to do.

When I started a foster home, more than twenty years ago, my focus was on helping children. Little did I know, God had so much more in mind. I had no idea, but every time we received a child in our home, we were also opening up our home to their parents. Every Thursday, the parents would be required to come and visit if they ever wanted a chance to get their children back. I wasn't sure how I felt about that; these parents had all kinds of problems (after all that is why their children had been taken away). But I had no say in the matter, those were the rules, and if I wanted to help, I had to be sure to follow. I was nervous at first about who would be coming over, but I realized that I had been given not only the opportunity to love the children, but God had given me the opportunity to love their parents too!

Guess what? Thursdays soon became my favorite day! The more children we received, the more our group grew on Thursdays. I decided everyone should treat them with the utmost respect. We would serve them coffee and treats. I wanted them to feel loved. Maybe it was the first time they had ever been served or treated in a special way. Before long, we had nine ladies every Thursday that filled our small living room. After many weeks of sitting quietly and observing me, they begin to talk and share their stories. I soon found out that they, too, had been abandoned and abused. Hearing their stories broke my heart. We laughed and cried together, and they begin to hold a very special place in my heart.

Over the last twenty years, we have continued to walk with many of these mothers. It hasn't been easy, and some have returned to their "old" ways of life. One of the mothers that was very dear to us took her own life. She never could get over the terrible abuse she had received for so many years. It broke our hearts terribly, but we were there with her earlier when she received Jesus. We know she is with Him now. But through it all, God has done amazing things, many have come to know Him, many lives have been completely changed!

Just recently, one of the mothers who was there in the very beginning received her own first home. I can't tell you the joy we have felt for her and her children! Together, we have worked hard so that she would have this opportunity. Many people helped so that this could happen. We are so grateful to the Lord for His faithfulness! Being able to walk with her over the last twenty years has been a blessing and she has become a dear friend. Who could have imagined all that the Lord would do? His plans are so much more than we could ever imagine.

When we touch one life, there are so many more lives that will be touched and changed. There are times you may want to throw in the towel and give up on people, but if you keep on loving them right where they are, problems and all, you will see the faithfulness of God.

Please be praying for the ones with whom we walk. There are many kids that have grown...some of our own, and some that God has brought to us in different ways, and many mothers...who still struggle and still need so much love. We need God's wisdom and His strength and financial provision.

We appreciate your love, prayers, and support so much during this time. One of our daughters recently had surgery and the recovery has been long, slow, and much harder than we thought. Although we have seen God in it all, we are worn out and need rest and strength. So, we would deeply appreciate your prayers for her. Please pray that she would have good health as we go forward and God would completely heal her.

Hidden Treasures would not be the same without you! Your love and support and prayers are what makes all the difference in so many lives. Thank you for standing with us!

Much love,

Enrique and Charlyn Mejia