January 2021 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

We want to wish you all a very Happy New Year! December was a very big and busy month for us. Because of your love and support many children were able to receive food and gifts for Christmas!

A few days before Christmas, we drove up to our dear friend Teresa's house, where over twenty-five of her grandchildren and great grandchildren live. They were all waiting outside jumping and screaming for joy when we arrived. They couldn't wait to receive food and gifts; we even gathered up clothes and shoes of all sizes for children and grown-ups from family and friends. They were thrilled! We were able to deliver food boxes and gifts to families that are so dear to us. I can't tell you how much it meant to each one. What an honor to be able to bring a little relief to so many people suffering. Not only for us to be able to go....but for our children to go and be part of giving back. It is something they will never forget. When we give, we are changed, and there really isn't anything better!

We were really excited about giving to sweet Esther this year. Esther is a young girl we have supported since she was a baby. Her family has very little and with no computer or telephone, it was very hard to do virtual classes and pass the ninth grade last year. She got a job cleaning houses and working on farms to save up her money for a phone. After months of hard work, she went out and bought a phone...not for herself...but for her mother. She wanted so badly to be able to give something nice to her mother. It brought her joy to be able to give back. Esther worked so hard and she passed the ninth grade in spite of all the hardships and struggles. We were so touched by her story that this year we were able to get her a phone for Christmas. She said, "I knew by giving to my mother first that the Lord would give back to me!" Giving when it is hard brings a great reward.

In December, Enrique and I and the kids spent weeks getting our home ready for twenty children to arrive. These children are waiting to be adopted. We wanted everything to be just perfect for them. We cleaned every nook and cranny and put out flowers we had picked from the garden. We wanted them to feel right at home. It had been over a year since they had been able to go outside and run and play. They live in a small home in the city with no yard to play in. Can you imagine? In spite of the rain that day, they ran and played on the playground and screamed with delight! They grabbed our hands and we ran and played with them. Seeing them so happy brought us so much joy! They sang songs of God's blessings and love and were so grateful for a day to run and play. Some of them have serious medical conditions and need healing. These children will be coming to our home more and more. We are so happy that we can love and serve them.

Just like the month of December, January is already very busy too! We have lots of projects planned at the big house. We would love to put in a fence for the children. We need to make it safe for them, especially the ones with special needs. We are painting and fixing things inside in hopes that our home can get the government’s approval to have children with special needs stay or visit without any problems. Please be praying we will have all the resources to get everything fixed and ready. There is a lot of work to be done! In order to be approved, they will check EVERYTHING, every little detail. We have already started painting the inside and hope to clean and paint the gutters on the outside soon too.

We are also so very happy that our new little baby, Dayan Danielita is doing well! Her cheeks are getting chubby and she is starting to smile. She is definitely an overcomer! We are still not sleeping much, but we love her with all our hearts!

We would ask you to pray for our son-in-law, Jonathan, who lost his younger brother on New Year's Eve. He drowned in a river after being swept away in a strong current. It has been very hard on the family. We would appreciate your prayers. We have been able to help out with our sweet baby grandson while Jonathan and the family are grieving.

Sometimes I feel at a loss for words to express just how grateful we are for all of you who have stood with us, especially during such a hard year in 2020. Your love and faithfulness are very much appreciated by so many. We pray for you and your families and that the Lord's favor and blessings will be on each of you this year!

Much love,

Enrique and Charlyn Mejia

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