We recently welcomed a family of five children to Esperanza Viva. One of the first places that they were introduced to is the Garden of Hope. We love sharing this place that is full of encouraging words, Bible verses, and the countless names of those who have committed their hearts to support and pour out their love for each and every child on their journey towards restoration. After a week of observation by our clinic staff and getting acclimated to their new home, they moved into their dorms.
There were new schedules, faces, and responsibilities that they had never faced before. The general unknown of a new life. Waking up feeling scared and not remembering where you are. Crying yourself to sleep because you miss family. The emotions are very raw and very real.
Through the good, the new, and the expectancy-there are still struggles and different mountains ahead to climb. But in the midst of this transition, as long as Esperanza Viva is here and the love of Jesus is infused within our campus, hope gets us through each day and every challenge. And hope is renewed daily.
Against all odds, when it looked hopeless, Abraham believed the promise and expected God to fulfill it.” Romans 4:18
There may have been a moment in the lives of these five siblings, just as in our own lives, when everything felt hopeless, but when everything around us seems hopeless, we can choose to believe in the promise anyway.