Sunday, June 30, 2013
A Mother of One...a Role Model to Many...Elias comes to live with us
God decided that at 45 (me) and 44 (Mike) years old, we would become the temporary home/family for a sweet young Honduran boy. Little Elias is 2 1/2 years old, and has lived the last 7 months of his life with our teammates, the Clows. Elias's mom is not able to care for him, so the Clow's took him into their home and made him a part of their lives. They got a Honduran passport for him, and did everything they could to get a visa for him to go with them on their 6 month furlough. However, the U.S. Embassy decided that Elias did not meet the requirements for a visitor visa, so Elias (unbeknownst to him) was left without a home. That's when Mike approached me and asked if we would consider fostering him while the Clow's were in the U.S. I immediately agreed.
I am NOT his mother, and do NOT pretend to be. I am NOT his aunt, his grandmother, or any other family member. What God has asked me to be is a strong female role model in his life to show him love, stability, pray with him, change his diaper, feed him, and teach him the alphabet. In other words, to provide a temporary Godly home and give him the nurturing his biological mother struggles to give.