Current Child Count

  • HOGAR DE AMOR I: 11 babies
  • HOGAR DE AMOR II: 6 boys
  • HOGAR DE AMOR III: 8 girls

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Prayer & Fasting Day

Today in Bolivia at Casa de Amor Children’s Homes, we are entering into a special day of prayer and fasting on behalf of our precious children.

For those who would like to join with us, we are focusing on the following points:

1) The continual paperwork crisis in government offices (child welfare, Child Defense, and the court) including lost papers and files; delays of months or even years to process basic components of a child’s file; dire lack of coordination between government offices and even from one desk to another; ridiculous mistreatment of all who they serve; constant change out of employees; new employees who often have very little experience with the work we do, the laws, child development, what challenges our children or staff face…..and I could go on and on!

We pray for efficiency, honest hard work, and a true love of children for all working in the government offices!

2) Cochabamba desperately needs a new judge! To properly handle the case load for minors, three judges would be ideal. Since last year, we have limped along with just ONE seriously overworked judge but she resigned last week. It is complicated, but because of Bolivia’s new constitution and many changes at every level of government it’s not clear when a new judge might be elected.

Pray for the proper judge(s) to step up to the challenge and handle all the child cases ASAP.

3) Casa de Amor’s Foster Family program has been in the paperwork stage since March 2009, but the challenges listed above coupled with poor understanding and acceptance of the benefits of foster families (versus institutions) has made it a long uphill journey. Of course without a judge, it might prove impossible to transfer children into foster families.

Pray for the speedy passage of our pioneer foster family program and the successful recruitment of several Christian foster families.

4) Currently six children from Casa de Amor II are in the process of returning to either their mother or father. We are very happy for them and pray that the family members will not grow weary during the long process of regaining custody.

We pray that the entire process would go smoothly, that the families would be able to sustain themselves economically, that God would heal the hurts caused by years of neglect, abandonment, and other injustices. Also pray for the emotional stability of the children being “left behind”. And of course, for a JUDGE to be able to process the appeals.

If you pray for just one thing, pray that EACH CHILD WOULD HAVE A LOVING FAMILY!

Thank you so much for standing with us!

“And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.” Psalm 9:10

"He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me, declares the Lord." Jeremiah 22:16

“And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.” Malachi 4:6

“I know that the LORD secures justice for the poor and upholds the cause of the needy.” Psalm 140:12

{Just a note that this might be my last post for a while as things are crazy busy here and I will be traveling next week.}

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