As we mentioned before, the shelter has been through many changes with an almost complete turnover in staff as well as residents. It has been a bumpy transition at times but seems to have settled into a new “normal” for now. We have been encouraged as we have begun building a relationship with the new director. We have been allowed to carry on ministry as before which is wonderful. We continue coordinating dental appointments and have seen a major change in one girl in particular through this avenue. She began her dental visits so afraid and self conscious due to her dental issues. The dentist has helped her health greatly as well as fixed some cosmetic work that has brought a huge smile to Erika’s face. It is wonderful to see the joy and confidence she now possesses. She has been much more vocal during Bible study time as well. (Erika is on the right in the photo below)
We continue with Thursday Bible Studies and most recently walked through the story of redemption with the Woman Caught in Adultery. We currently have a very lively group and it was great to have discussion and lots of questions. The current feeling in the house is one of Peace which is a huge blessing as this is not always the case. When the transition period began there was a lot of fear among the girls and some were having nightmares and night terrors. Then rumors began about a certain room having a spirit living in the room The majority of the ladies come from rural areas where there is still much mysticism practiced. So we met for Bible Study in the dormitory area for a few weeks and prayed over each section of the home. It was wonderful to see a calm wash over the house as the girls began to realize God wasn’t just with them in our Bible Study room but also in every inch of that house.
(the picture below is of some new younger girls in Bible Study with Jerry and Coleman)
Please continue praying for the new director (Massiel), the workers, the residents and us as we continue in this time of transition. Specifically for Bella, Dora, Erika and Maria Alejandra as they are the residents who have lived through the "old" and the "new".
Pray that the Lord would continue to grant Peace to all who enter the home.
Pray that we will be faithful when there is little and when there is much. (resources and residents)
Gerald and Sarah Lastrapes
Along with their two children are missionaries in Guatemala. They will be sharing stories of discipleship through prison and shelter ministries.