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Take a Peek at Refuge Home Life
Home is being loved “as you are.” It is that safe space of belonging where each one can battle his or her struggles without shame while also discovering his or her purpose and place in the world. Home is forever a place of refuge.
Left to Right: Tia Karen, Asly (12), Tia Adriana, Cristofer (13), Elmer (13), Katy (12), Jeiso (16), Marcela (18), Aslyn (11), Tia Fanny.
Know our Housemothers
I have worked in this project for three years and four months. I consider myself hardworking, especially in adversity, and I am affectionate and patient. I’m steady — as I am one day, I am the next. I have an 18yo daughter, Karla, who is beautiful inside and out and has big dreams for the future. She would like to go to college.
My favorite verse is “I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me.” This helps me often in times of adversity.
Please pray for my family and that I can send my daughter to college. Pray that God continues to provide strength to serve Him in the Refuge through the lives of the Refuge residents.
I’m a really friendly, happy, responsible, honest, and affectionate person but above all things I am a woman who fears God. I’ve worked at the Refuge for three years. I think I’m the unofficial music director, because I love to sing so much. My own children turned out a lot like me - they are outgoing and love to serve others. I’m so proud of who they are.
In the Old Testament I love Psalm 23 and in the New Testament, I often read Philippians when I need to remember that God provides strength to carry out His plans.
Please pray for my family that we each continue to grow in our spiritual life, and for my mother’s health. Also for the future of each child at the Refuge as well as my children’s.
I have almost three years of experience working in the Refuge. At first it was really hard to work and sleep in a home that was not my own, and I cried a lot. But God helped me to adapt, and I have learned so much about parenting that I didn’t know before working here. Now I see myself as responsible and enthusiastic in my work. I have four teenagers at home, whom I am very proud of.
Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearch-able things you do not know. Jeremiah 33:3
Please pray that my husband and I can support our kids to go to college and that God blesses their dreams and goals for the future..
Celebrate each Journey
We find ways to value all of life’s experiences. We readily celebrate our strengths and successes, and reluctantly learn from our weaknesses and failures. Elvin Santos is the youngest, but he is a natural leader and often leads family prayers. Gaby is smart and funny, and Yasmin reminds us to be sweet and affectionate to everyone. Ruben, Geovanny, and Asiria are athletic, but Asiria’s greatest influence is that she is contemplative and reserved. Sandra always brings a smile and is a great helper. Unfortunately, the only resident who is neat and organized is Keynis. Sometimes we feel lazy and complain about doing chores or homework, but our housemothers make it easier by helping us and creating competitions out of it.
Discover their Dreams
Take a peek at the future that each resident envisions for himself/herself: Asiria wants to have a family, own her own home, and be an agricultural engineer. Gaby aspires to be a lawyer who speaks several languages and have a family that loves to travel. Ruben and Geovanny envision a similar future: to be a successful mechanic and have a beautiful wife and kids. You will be able to tell them apart because Ruben would also like to be a songwriter when he’s not in his car shop. Yasmin intends to become a stylist. She wants to learn both English and Chinese, and travel to London and China. Keynis sees herself as a dance teacher in the future who loves to cook for her husband and three kids, and her sister Sandra hopes to have a family and be a fashion model. Elvin has been inspired early in life to become a doctor, raise a family, and preach the Word of God.
Pray for Tomorrow
1. We are a home with special needs. Katy requires one-on-one care due to extraordinary physical disability. This means helping with the activities of daily living like dressing and toileting, being on a special diet, taking medication three times a day, and doing PT and OT exercises twice each day.
2. Transitions. Next year Marcela will reside in our home for young adults, as she “ages out” of government custody. We will continue her residential and academic support until she can become an independent professional. We are looking for additional support for her college fund.
3. Away from home. Jeiso attends a boarding school that specializes in agronomy studies. Its graduates are often accepted to Zamorano University, the best agriculture university in Honduras. He is completing his first year of a three year program.