https://www.aflcworldmissions.org/online-giving-missionaries/ Designate: John and Hannah Lee
https://www.aflcworldmissions.org/online-giving-missionaries/ Designate: John and Hannah Lee
Dear Prayer Partners: September 2017
Let’s rejoice that though we have a ways to go yet, the number of languages waiting for Bible Translation is getting closer to zero! We celebrate again in September since 1966, Bible Translation Day. Thank you for sharing in the vision for all peoples to have access to God’s word in the language that speaks to their hearts.
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I have mentioned over the last couple months that the Miriam Home has been sort of quiet. Several children who had been with us for a very long time had finally rejoined their families or gained whole new families. The children that remained were (in the majority) precious little girls.
Things change in the blink of an eye! To being with, our largest contingent in the Miriam Home, five girls from a near by town, left us in August. Caroline, Paola, Isabel, Sayhuri and Maria Angela went to live with their father, and we are thrilled. Just doors away, his brother and sister-in-law live, as well as his mother, and all three are committed to helping with the girls. They are an evangelical family, and everything we know about them encourages us that the seeds planted here will be nurtured!
The house was VERY quiet – for a week. Jean (11 years old) arrived two weeks ago. The girls club was officially disbanded, because we now had not only baby Derik, but a second young man. He came to us because of situational problems in his home (no abuse or neglect) and he settled in very quickly to the Miriam Home. There are several different things that help him feel at home – one is the cows that we are fattening up in a corner of our campus. Jean was raised on a small farm before his family moved to Campo Mourão, and he loves to do anything that relates to rural life. He is now responsible for making sure the cows have clean water and to report any problems he sees in the grazing area or with the fence – and every morning by 7:00 he has checked on his cows. He loves it because he feels like he has a purpose!
Just a few days later Raisa (12) and Yasmin (9) came to us from a near by city, where they were living with their aunt, but their mom (a drug addict) was constantly causing problems for the girls and the family of their aunt. The girls are with us until social services can come to an agreement with the mom, so the girls can return home. They are sweet girls, and they quickly made friends here in the house and in their new school, but you see a high level of anxiety in both of them. We are hoping they will soon find God’s healing peace.
Last week were days of adventure! They began with the arrival of Geovana (12) and her brother Kevin (9), followed by Daniel (12) later in the day. The three children came from two different families, but are here for the same reason; their moms use drugs and under the influence become very violent. That being true, it is surprising how open all three of these children are. It is early days yet, but so far none of these precious kiddos have shown the lack of respect for authority that we so often see in this situation. One concern we have is that Geovana has already formed fast friendships with the older teens in the house, especially Marianna. We can see the friendship as being good for Marianna, but we aren’t as sure regarding her influence on Geovana.
A second concert is that Daniel is right at the limit of the age we are able to receive boys. It is a real blessing that we have the Bible School students here, as big brothers to our older boys. Please pray for wisdom for us and protection for the children!
Just two days after Geovana, Kevin and Daniel arrived, the last of our current set of siblings appeared at our door. Aline (11) and Alisson (5). This dynamic duo are not new to the Miriam Home – they were here the end of last year, and returned to their parents who made heart felt promises to change their ways and care for their children. The promises may have been heart felt, but their resolve lasted just weeks.
We have been working with Aline and Alisson’s family, together with the children’s school and social service, since the children returned home in January of this year. Our goal was to help the family become stronger, and the parents to take seriously their commitments, but as time passed instead of growing, they became more and more irresponsible. Our help, instead of being the intended helping hand, became an excuse to avoid work and return to old addictions – after all, the Miriam Home will help with food, social services with clothes, etc.
Many times, when kiddos return to the Miriam Home, they come with big smiles, like they are coming to visit a favorite aunt. It was sad to see Aline and Alisson arrive, because Aline didn’t look scared or happy, she looked defeated. While her little brother was back with friends and ready to play in the park and fill his tummy (they arrived just before lunch and the aroma was wonderful), she just saw an old story being replayed. Please pray for Aline, that she would let Jesus bring healing and hope to her heart, and that she would find the One Promise Maker who never breaks His word!
Derik isn’t new to the house, he has been with us since the end of March, but he has survived the feminine take-over of the Miriam Home (more than a month when he was the only boy in the house!), and is the Miriam Home Prince. Beyond that, with his chubby cheeks, doesn’t he look like he could be my grandbaby?
I have asked you over the last several months, to pray for the financial situation here in the Miriam Home. You may remember that the funds we use to pay the house moms is supposed to come from our municipal government. We had local elections last year, and that often causes a delay in resources being passed on – a month or two. Well, as of the first week of August we were informed that the Miriam Home had been approved to receive funding, and this week the first month’s salaries entered the bank.
Thank you for your prayers!!! It is truly only by God’s grace that the Miriam Home was able to pay the wonderful ladies who are real, if temporary, moms to our kiddos.
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This is a daily occurrence. These girls sure do love each other.
All of the rest of our things returned from India on August 3rd. Sending a HUGE thank you to Anja, Jessica, Journey Missions and Prince of Peace in Beulah, ND for making that happen!
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I have mentioned, in the past, that the Miriam Home is an ever changing sort of place. At one moment we can have 20 children, or every size and shape. The next we can have a handful of kiddos and what comes close to tranquility. Right now we are on the quieter end of the spectrum.
For months you have been praying for three of our older boys, who had been put up for adoption, and had been in the Miriam Home for over a year, waiting. Praise the Lord, Cristiano, the last of our trio, left us to join his new family in July! It was actually a very sweet surprise. Just the week before the winter break began, Claudia, the principal of Cristiano’s school, contacted us, asking if he could spend the vacation time with her family. The juvenile judge agreed and Cristiano was thrilled. He has a long history with this family, because before she was his principal, she had been his teacher, and there was already a strong bond of affection. We, in the Miriam Home, were delighted, because we were afraid that July would be a hard month for him. João had just left to join a family, all of the Bible school students, who have become his big brothers, had left for their homes. It looked like it was going to be a long month!
What we didn’t know was that Claudia and her husband had been praying about permanently increasing their family. After the first week of vacation they asked Cristiano if he liked being a part of their family. He did. Then they asked if he would like to stay a part of their family! He did! They went the next day to the juvenile court to ask to apply for adoption. The process normally takes an agonizing amount of time, but there is nearly no waiting list for older boys, and Claudia and her husband are well know to Social Services in Campo Mourão (in a positive sense!). Before the approved winter break visit was over, the couple had already received temporary guardianship. It was a blessing for all of us, because his departure was softened by starting out as a “visit”. Cristiano certainly has his difficulties, but he is, beyond all of them, a precious young man, and very loved here in the Miriam Home. We will miss him, but we are so pleased for him (and glad that he is close enough for visits!)
While we believe that Cristiano’s adaptation will go pretty smoothly, we would love for you to keep Vitor and João in your prayers.
Earlier this year Vitor was received by a family, but in less than a month he was returned, because the family quickly discovered that they had no authority over him. In June Vitor was officially adopted by his uncle (this was the last choice of Social Services, because they were/are afraid that he would return to his father). The bad news is that we are hearing reports from Vitor’s school, that he was setting the teacher’s hair on end. The good news is that he is going to school!
João also needs prayer, as his new family builds their ties. There already is deep affection building, but João’s new mom has called and asked for advice, because as soon as school started they saw that João has serious problems at school – he is intelligent, but has difficulty in assimilating the information. We had advised his parents of this problem, but now that they are trying to help with his homework, they are seeing the level of the problem. Please pray that they will find the help he needs, and more that he will fell secure in their care for him, with or without learning problems.
If you came to visit the Miriam Home today you might think the rules had changed and that we only accepted girls! We have one very pampered baby boy named Derik, and all the rest are little ladies! Derik’s nursery neighbors are Maria Angelica (1 year old) and Sayhuri (2 years old). The three have the run of the house in the morning because all of the other girls are in school. Both of the girls appear to have some developmental issues (Maria doesn’t crawl or pull herself up, Sayhuri nearly doesn’t talk – even baby talk), and it is wonderful to have several hours every day to work with these sweet little ladies.
In the afternoons the house is more lively. Maria Eduarda (6 years old), together with Paola (5 years old), Isabela (6) and Carolina (just turned 8!) come on the 12:00 bus full of news that everyone needs to know, all at the same time!
I am firmly convinced that we have fewer kids than normal (on average it would be 15 to 18 children) because the kiddos we have right now have tender hearts – wounded but open, and God is beginning an amazing work in their precious lives!
We have seen tender little shoots in the little girls. A few weeks ago Surai (our coordinator) picked Paola up and gave her a big hug. The she put her ear to Paola’s chest and gave a little gasp – she looked at Paola and said, “I heard something in your chest!” Surai listened again, and said, “yes, there is something in there!” She listened a third time, and said, “Paola, what do you think is making a noise in there?” Paola smiled at her and said, “It’s Jesus, he lives in my heart.” Could there be a better confession?
Last week the four little girls went to VBS, and they loved it! It was at a nearby church, that one of our house moms goes to, and on Sunday, the girls asked to sing one of the VBS songs for their Sunday School class – and they were amazing! It is simply amazing to see these little hearts responding to all they are receiving!
We also have two older girls, and it isn’t surprising that they have deeper wounds and stronger reactions than these little ladies. We have Marianne (14 years old) who arrived raging, and continues to have wild cycles of joy, fear, anger, respect, entitlement and withdrawal. At any given moment it can look like Marianne is the same as when she arrived, but over the weeks we have seen both deep lows coming up and the pretty manic highs coming down, and instead of hiding she is spending more time talking – a significant step forward!
Our second teen is Greicy. She only recently returned but has lived with us twice before, and is greatly loved. It is so sad to see that the Greicy who returned a few weeks ago is not the same sweet girl who left us the end of last year. This precious girl is battling depressions. The end of July we celebrated her 17th birthday, but the joy and hope you would expect were simply absent for her. Please pray that Greicy would allow the Holy Spirit to bring healing to her heart!
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