This has been going on for well over a year, as in, not a whim, or a fad, or a ploy for credit.  Every afternoon after school she goes to the hacienda to assist the Refuge staff - to make copies, do data entry, file documents, clean the bathrooms; you name it, she’ll do it.  

She” is Greysi, the oldest sibling of five who’ve been at the Refuge for eight years.  

Greysi is somewhat shy and quiet, yet orchestrated her own sort of unpaid internship when she told the Refuge director she “wanted to give back.”  She suggested the role of office assistant and set the hours, committing to volunteer her time daily.  

What is extraordinary about this is that it isn’t for show, it isn’t for compensation, it isn’t to gain special favor or status.  She is a young woman with an unusually strong conviction to pay it forward, starting NOW.  

Of course, that is our vision for the Refuge - that we raise up Christians who love God and use their talents to better their community.  But to see it being realized already NOW, perhaps I shouldn’t be surprised but it blows me away. 

“Porque me nace” is a phrase that conveys action prompted by an internal desire but it more literally means, “because it is born in me” — I can’t help but see how Jesus brings new life, and cherish the privilege I have to see presently, that the buds and blooms of now are sure to mature and grow into the fruit that God has promised Greysi through His Spirit. 

Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.
— Psalm 37:4-5

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