|This is the house in which I am currently living.|
The women's home will be located just to the left
of the driveway shown in the picture
and is similar in construction.
It had been the desire of my heart that when we started Casa de Esperanza we would accept both men and women, as is done in the L'Arche homes in the US. Given the culture here in Guatemala, it soon became apparent that this model would not work here, and we restricted the home to men. Serving women, however, never left my heart.
In the past year, it has become evident that two of the girls who have graduated from New Life School where I work needed to live away from their families for a number of serious reasons. I held back, partly in financial caution, partly in outright fear, but these two weighed heavily on my mind. I daily prayed for guidance in how to proceed, and, God honored this prayer.
As He did when we started Casa de Esperanza, God has once again "dropped a house in my lap" for the women--and He graciously put it across the driveway in the small residential area where I am living! I will be able to maintain my own living space, and still oversee the women's home on a daily basis.
Leah, a young woman missionary who works with Building Guate, has been living in the house we will rent, will continue to live with the women during the opening of the home. She will be more of a house-mate than a caregiver, but will provide a sense of stability for the women as they transition to independent living. Oh, and it just so happens that Leah has her degree in special education, working with individuals with severe disabilities! Isn't that just like God?
|Petronila at her high school graduation, 2016|
|Griselda as a little girl|
just starting at New Life School
|Griselda at her graduation, 2018|
So, we will open in January with our first two permanent residents and one companion. We don't have the budget for this, but we didn't have the funds available when we started Casa de Esperanza, and the monetary commitment for the men's home was much greater. Once again, we are stepping out in obedience, relying on God to provide, confident that He will.
Out estimated budget for this home (which does not have a name yet; the women will help us name it) is about $1200 a month. If you would like to help these two women begin their adult lives with us, you can donate here. A one time donation of any amount, or regular monthly giving will support us as we move forward with this expansion of our community living program.