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When Hearts Unite

This weekend was our Children of Promise reunion.  Several sponsors are here on a work camp and their sponsored child made the long trek north to spend time together.

There is nothing more special than sponsors being able to meet or reunite with their sponsor child.  Mike has three sponsor boys: Oscar, Alex and Diego.  He writes them and encourages them in their studies and in their walk with the Lord.  None of these boys have a father and Mike's love and affection means more to them than anything.
Our plan once we arrived in Katuete was to spend the afternoon at a beautiful park with pools and waterfalls, but because of a heavy rain right when we arrived, the dirt roads were impassable and we had to change plans.  In fact, one of our vans got stuck and the sponsors had to get out and push!
We had an excellent BBQ at a church member's farm.  He pulled out all the stops and slaughtered a lamb for us.  We barely made it there because of the very muddy roads, be we had a memorable time, mud and all.  Here's a pic of all the kids having fun at the farm.

And here we are washing the mud off our shoes so we don't get kicked out of our hotel!

Joe has been sponsoring Heidy since 2006.  He met her when his church went on a work camp to her town in Bella Vista.  Now he came back to work on the Katuete church building and he brought his son with him.  They got to see how Heidy has been growing and maturing as a young woman.  They brought her a small gift and prayed with her. She was glowing the whole day.

After we had a wonderful time in fellowship together, we said tearful goodbyes to our sponsors and headed back home.

On the way, we did a few special the zoo! 

I'm not sure what the kids liked more, the trip to the Itaipu zoo or the lunch at McDonalds (both a first for all the kids), complete with happy meal "cajita feliz" and a toy!

 Thanks so much to the sponsors for making this unforgettable experience a dream-come-true.  The kids love you and talked all the way home about how special you are to them. 


  1. This is just SOOOOOO cool!!!! So glad to see that these guys got to connect this way. :)


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