Ocho ChicosRich Stigall
The number 8 gets a lot of play. Eight is Enough (old TV show). 8-Tracks (old music tapes). 8-ball (corner pocket). Figure 8 (ice skate). 8 at 8 (speed dates), but recently “8” took on a whole new meaning when the DR’s Child Protective Services’ division, CONANI, brought eight, new boys into the growing family at Brisas del Este (Casa Amor).
The Brisas family grew from 13 children to 21 in a matter of minutes. Pastor Altagracias and team are hustling to hire more house mamas, purchase more bedding, enroll them in school, cook more meals, etc. We’ll get details of the boys’ stories soon. Unfortunately, some of them are likely to be more than difficult.
By the time a child comes into government care, those they’ve trusted have failed them many times over. They have no place left to go. So, we’re not throwing a party that these eight boys walked through the gate. Our hearts break over sin in the world that robs children of innocence, but we do give thanks to the Lord Jesus for Restoración Church who said YES to being God’s family for children who would otherwise fend for themselves.
These ocho chicos y los otros aqui (8 boys and the others here) are not orphans. They now have an amazing mother (Altagracias in the pink above) in their lives. They have brothers and sisters in Trussville, Alabama, with a group called NO LONGER who support them, and they have a tia (Auntie) in Miami who rocks. Most importantly, they have a heavenly Father who made them, who loves them, who sees them, and has a plan for their lives.
The world thinks these children fell through the cracks. At GO, we don’t see it that way. Even if they did, when they fell, they fell into family, a beautiful, growing, royal family…with no doubt some growing pains ahead. Will you pray with us for them?
What a privilege to care for the King’s kids with you!
Love, respect, and appreciation, Your GO Project Family