Due to some extra funds, this past week the Casa de Esperanza (meaning the House of Hope in English) children’s home in Honduras was able to take in two more children, a brother and sister. Here’s how Terri Tindall describes what took place …
They brought the little boy to us first. He will be 2 in February. He is so little. It was a long time before we saw even a hint of a smile. He has bronchitis and has to be kept warm. Marc & I took him and loved on him. His name is Jose Manuel. We will call him Manuel as there are already two Joses here.
Then they brought his sister in to us. Her name is Ester Naomi. She let it be known she preferred Naomi. She is either four or five, but no one is sure because she has no birth certificate. She was, and still is, scared to death.
Marc took her first. He picked her up to hug her. She had on underwear that was so small they tore when Marc picked her up.
When we walked to the car with the children, the only belongings they had were the clothes they were wearing. We did not know if Naomi would cry or not. She did not. We put her in the back seat, while little Manuel slept.
When we got back to the Casa de Esparanza everyone rushed for little Maunel. Little Naomi began to cry. She was so scared. We took her to the new cottage and showed her her room. She then got a much-needed shower. Her shoes smelled so bad. We got clean clothes on her and new shoes and underwear that fit. After a quick look through little Naomi’s hair, we realized there were lice everywhere. She will have to be de-liced. We gathered up several sets of clothes and told her they were all for her.
Naomi is starving for love. Every time I walk by, she reaches up for me to pick her up. And so far, I have not disappointed her. She is missing several teeth. They were rotten bad teeth and they have been pulled. Thankfully, they are baby teeth, not permanent teeth. She will be near toothless for about three years. One thing I have noticed is that Naomi doesn’t hold her fork like a four or five year old should, but she sure manages to eat. She gets a lot of food off of the plate. And when she finishes, she picks up the plate and licks it clean. She plays by herself a lot. I’m sure she will learn to start playing with the other girls. She is starting to adjust.
The two precious little ones have come from a life of extreme poverty, where their mother was unable to supply the most basic of needs. Pray for them.”
1 – There are many more children in this world that need rescued just like Noami and Manuel. They don’t need our pity, but they do need us to share our love, our prayers, our money and our kindness.
2 – Today is a good day to thank God that you have been blessed the way you have.
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” ~James 1:27