I'm down to T-22 days, and I can't believe how quickly time is passing me by! But with the wind-chills in Ohio down to -25 and actual temperature at -10 the last few days, I'd be lying if I didn't admit how excited I am to arrive to Mexico for spring weather! After spending the last two days home with a fever, I'm glad that today my temperature is back to normal; I hope to head to Mexico healthy and well.
There is again a lot of orphanage news this week! While things at the orphanage do change, as is expected with 20-30 kids, they don't always change as quickly nor as often as they have this month. The latest update is that the six children who were brought to the orphanage on Christmas Eve got to leave this week to live with their grandparents. Additionally, two more sweethearts (a brother and sister) who I'd met my last two trips to the orphanage got to go home this week. Again, I'm excited for them, much as I'll miss them too. I pray that they go home to good, healthy, loving homes, and that their transition home goes well. Additionally, I pray for those children remaining at the orphanage who are missing their friends and who may also be hurting because they aren't able to go home with their own family at this time. We're going to miss these dear ones, but we wish them well!
Starting today, another college-aged young man from Ohio will be working with the orphanage for 3-6 months. He's joining another young man from my church already serving there until at least November. The three of us were with the same group of people who went to the orphanage in December of 2013, so I'm excited to get to work with them again once I get down there (along with Pastor Ricardo and his wife Karla who run the orphanage). I know the orphans will be so excited to see him again, as they had such fun with him before! Sad as it is to see kids go, it may be a good thing to have a lower child-to-adult ratio over the next few weeks or possibly months, so that kids can get some more one-on-one attention from adults. I'm looking forward to serving with these fun souls in the months to come!