If you could become a little mouse and observe life at Light of Hope Orphanage, you would notice the excitement level rising quite a bit around the last week of April. You become a bit curious as to what is causing the excitement, so you decide to pay more careful attention to the things going on around the place. April 30th arrives and you finally find out what was causing all the excitement. Of course, CHILDREN’S DAY!!
Here in Mexico Children’s Day is celebrated the 30th of April. The main factor for there being a lot of excitement is because at the orphanage Children’s Day and Track and Field day go hand in hand. Children’s Day/Track and Field day involves racing, throwing and jumping. So, at around 6:30am (or earlier) the children are up and ready, adrenalin racing.
Arriving at the running track around 7:00am, the children are divided into three groups according to the their ages.(There are also two adult groups, a mens’ group and a ladies’ group)
After a short time of prayer the fun begins. Racing comes first with the smallest group starting off by running the sprint. All the groups do likewise consecutively. After the sprint is finished, the long race(400 meters. The small group runs 100 meters) begins. There is also a wheelchair race which takes place after the long race. The first, second, third and forth place people from each group, except the smallest group and wheelchair group, are then grouped off in to four different teams. The four teams then compete in a relay race passing a baton from one team member to the next.
After the races are finished, everyone heads back to the orphanage for brunch. Following brunch is the high jump which then is followed by the long throw. After supper and prizes, to end the day, everyone sits back and watches the video put together of the day’s activities(which is always a highlight). Then everyone, tired and weary, goes to bed for a needed night of sleep.
CLICK HERE to see the video!!!
I peeked open my eyes and I looked around me. My heart rejoiced and broke at the same time. My heart rejoiced because so many prayers had been answered and Ricky had a forever family. “Please help Ricky as he goes to his new home. Help him not to be cold and get sick in the States because there is snow.” “Help Ricky to keep growing in you Father.” My heart wept. These dear children were praying over their friend, Ricky, as he goes to live with his forever family; their souls longing for the same. It was such a special yet painful time. They were excited for their friend, yet he had just gotten the gift each of them yearn for and pray for each day. Why did he get chosen and not them? Is he more special then they? Will their turn ever come? Will they ever have a forever family to love and cherish them? As I looked around I could see eyes of pain longing, crying out for love and stability. One little boy cuddled in Ricky’s new dad’s lap, wishing he never had to leave. Once again hands had been laid on the new parents and son. This was the second time this was done and they anticipated many more. The unspoken question they all ask is, “Will it ever be me?” Who will stand in the gap for these precious souls? Souls that are worth more than the world itself. Christ didn’t promise His followers a life of ease. On the contrary, He said that it won’t be easy. This is a quote from a little blind boy that risked his life for the sake of Christ. “Must I only show my thanks to Jesus in a safe way? If there is pain in the work that lies ahead, was there no pain when they killed my Master?” Adoption is a risk. It could bring us pain. But Christ adopted us, and it brought Him much more pain than any earthly adoption could ever bring. If we as Christians won’t stand in the gap, who will? Who if not us?