Last week, Jose and Ingrid were living in a shelter with dirt floors. The rainy season has picked up considerably and the rain was leaking into their home, making their floor a puddle of mud. They needed a home ASAP. These living conditions were completely unsanitary and unsafe. Though we had a team in town, they were already assigned to building another home, as well as setting up an eye clinic, distributing water filters and assisting at Campos de Suenos, so Luis and I grabbed a few people and by nightfall, Jose and Ingrid had a safe home to sleep in.
Jose is a leather boot maker in Pastores, where they live. Ingrid stays home with their one year old, Ashley. They are a beautiful family who know the Lord. I look forward to visiting them in a few weeks.
These families are so real to me. I often wonder if Susie and I make that clear in our newsletters, blog posts, Facebook statuses, etc. I have lost count on the number of homes which have been built in the past 15 months but every time we hand the keys over to the family, I choke up. It never fails. Their eyes shine with humility, gratefulness and joy. Their faces are etched in my memory. I hope forever.