I have never gone a day without thinking of this child, of this country, of this orphanage. Something inside of me has fallen in love with it all. Sometimes I just ache thinking about the children I held in my arms just one month ago. I was kissing sweet Claudia's cheeks just 30 days ago.
So opening this email was bittersweet. My heart rejoiced at the fact that Claudia has not been transferred. She is still at this orphanage with her friends, her mamas, and Christian values. And of course my heart melted seeing her precious face in these new pictures. The other half of me just wanted to sit and cry though. I miss Guatemala so much. I miss speaking Spanish so much. I miss the precious people so much. I miss Claudia oh so much. But I'm reminded again that this is where God has me. He has me here for such a time as this, and Lord willing, He will take me back there someday.
So as I gaze at the face of my sweet Guatemala girl and long for her little hands in mine, praying that the Lord would be gracious to her and reverse the decisions that have been made in her case. I praise God that His promises are good, trustworthy, and steadfast. With that in mind, I cling to His word and trust in His sovereign plan. "
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."