April has been an interesting and busy month for us in terms of the growth of our family down here in Mindanao. At the very beginning of the month we had to say goodbye to three of our kids. It was a time of very mixed emotions. Iman, Ira and Isaiah were the very first kids we received into our home. It had been an amazing journey being a part of their lives, watching them grow, learn, change and be transformed by God's love and come to a better understanding of Him. While it was great to see their mum come back to get her kids again, it was also very hard to let them go. Not knowing for sure how they would go back home with their mum it was also a time of anxiety, but having to commit them to the Lord and pray that the things they have heard and learned would become seeds that grow. When the time came for them to go, many tears were shed and long hugs exchanged. What a privilege it has been to be able to love and care for these kids who God bought under our care for a time.
Just over a week later though our home began to grow again with the arrival of another girl Gemicel, better known as Ge-Ge. She has come from a very broken and sad past, so it is great to see her happy and feeling accepted, and safe here with us now!
Then a week after Ge-Ge coming we received 4 more! Siblings, whose father is unable to care for them for now. Diana - 6, Margie - 4, Jessabell - 2 and John Loydd - 1. They have certainly bought more activity, noise and energy to the place! They have settled in fairly well, and it brings our family kids to 13 now! Its great to finally have more girls, we were beginning to wonder what was going on. So while we have had some kids move on from us hopefully to better things, its a joy and a privilege to welcome 5 more kids in need, into our family and we pray, into the Kingdom of God.
Malaybalay Children's Home Director