Sunday, October 11, 2009

Our fine young men!

Beside our own incredible boys, we are privileged to live with 11 of the finest young men we have ever known. Over the next few weeks, we'd like to tell you a little of their stories and ask you to pray for them.

Americo is one of our two youngest interns and is 18 years old. He is a very talented musician, singer and dancer.

Americo's mother died when he was very young and he and his younger sister were abandoned by their father. He and his sister were moved from place to place among family members where they suffered abuse and neglect. For the most part, Americo raised himself while caring for his younger sister.

As our relationship has grown with these young men, as we have become a family to each other, we've often noticed a real distance with Americo. We could never quite put our finger on it until one day he shared his story with Rodger and explained the huge trust issues he struggles with. He also shared that, for the first time in his life, he has a place to belong and a place where he really wants to be.

Please pray for Americo. God so evidently has His hand on this young man and has brought him so far! God truly has a future and a hope for Americo! Pray that the emotional and self-protective walls will be broken down and he will develop a true understanding of what it means to be part of a family while in the internship.