As Seth mentioned, those of us who have sponsored children got the chance to visit with their family. On Thursday, I went to visit my husband and I’s 5 year old, Jose Marcos and his very large family. The reason we are going to his house today as well is because we visit families that are in great need due to their conditions. We bring them items that will help, buckets, blankets, food baskets, etc. His family, the Antons, has an entire end of the street for their family. As soon as we walk up to the homes, Wilda with FH, tells Jose that I am his sponsor and he immediately runs up to me and gives me a hug. This brings tears to my eyes. We enter the home and we are told that Jose actually does not have a mother as she left him (taking his half sister as well) to be with her boyfriend in a different community. His father had already left the family. His Grandma, who was feeling ill and in bed during the visit, and the Grandpa take care of Jose.
We visit with the entire family and hear from the Grandma, Pasquena, that they are full of fears for their children and grandchildren. The conditions this large family lives in is very overwhelming. It definitely puts things in perspective that we take for granted the things that we have like clean water, bathrooms, beds, electricity. All the things we think are basic needs are luxuries to them.
I give Jose the gifts I brought for him, he really enjoys them, but is very timid taking them. A few daughters of Pasquena enter the room with their children and our interpreter, Jorge, reads a book I gave Jose, “The Creation Story” to the entire family. We pray with them and tell that that God will take care of them and loves them all. Pasquena did say that she knows God will take care of them and that does give her hope. What an amazing experience, I want to put Jose in my pocket and bring him home!