In thinking about child visits, what are the memories which stand out most in your mind? Maybe the moment you spotted your child for the first time in a room of searching eyes and inquisitive minds, or the feelings of anticipation as you extended your arms for that first hug, or maybe the scent of freshly washed hair as it brushed your cheeks.
Whatever your particular memories, they are a gift especially designed for you by the faithfulness of a loving heavenly Father. The same faithfulness established in the heavens above your child’s country is the same faithfulness established in the heavens above your homeland. God’s presence is not limited by boundary lines, bodies of water or cultures; it is available to all who seek Him. And as senses tip from His superabundance, the heart is touched with wonder from moment to moment on the journey.
For I have said, Mercy shall be built up for ever.
Your faithfulness You shall establish in the very heavens.
Before even meeting Raquel, my emotions are tilted to the extreme as I take in the role of women along each byway. The variable array of colors, patterns, and tiers of fabric encircling the frames of these rosy-cheeked women dot both the city and country landscape. The brightly colored aguayos securely swaddle a child or carry wares, and almost without exception can be spotted separating two long dark plaits of hair. The women shepherd sheep along vast stretches of seemingly desolate thoroughfares. They sell pan dulce in the bus terminal (where the emphasized syllables of “Cocha…Cocha, Cocha, Cochabamba” still reverberate in my mind) and on the streets. They are hired to collect trash along the city medians, and they cook meat, potato and vegetables in a huge black pot on street corners. These women are hard-working and willing to do what is necessary to earn meager wages to sustain their family.
For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting;
and his truth endures to all generations.
Do they know Jesus? I don’t know, but Spanish tracts, a warm embrace (if permitted), and ample free time are coming with me next time.
Please thank and encourage our guest contributor today – Susan – for this glimpse behind the scenes and sharing more of her heart with us as she travelled to see her sponsored child; and let her know that we are eagerly anticipating part 3… meeting Raquel. So exciting! :)
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