A Good Government LetterRich Stigall
“I’m from the IRS, and I’m here to help” has served as the punchline to many an old joke. In truth, few of us have ever celebrated government correspondence, but at GO Project this week, that’s exactly what happened.
This letter from CONANI, the Child Protective Services division of the Dominican Republic, granted permanent approval to our partners there to open the doors to Brisas Del Este and care for orphaned and abandoned children. Frankly, it’s been a long time coming. Pastor Altagracias ran an extensive bureaucratic gauntlet to get the facility approved, including fulfilling such requirements as growing grass; not an easy task in the tougher parts of Santo Domingo. On the here side, our US partners in FL and AL have been amazingly patient, prayerful, and persistent. Our Lord Jesus has been faithful to forgive my periodic doubts, but really, why does all of this matter?
Because children matter, and our world is full of hurting, vulnerable children.
Last week, Altagracias’ phone rang. The lady on the other end shared the tragic story of three children (two pictured here) who had just been through hell and were in dire need of family.
CONANI’s approval came at the perfect time. The doors of Brisas are open. God is never late. He is always good…and letters from the government aren’t always bad.