Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Love for the mission

I will admit that it has been such an emotional roller coaster being here in Guatemala. I have been told story after story of different cases of kids here in the Hogar as well as other children and teens. It's heartbreaking hearing the stories and even in the news of children being killed by their parents/ stepparent. I will share a story that was told by a nurse.

A father and mother brought in a 40 day old baby girl to the hospital because the baby was he hemorrhaging. The mom told the doctors that she left the house and when she came back the baby was bleeding. The social worker at the hospital brought in a police officer and said that if she would not tell the truth then the police would take her to jail. In the meantime the little baby needed reconstructive surgery of the uterus, intestines and other vital organs. 
The mother finally confessed. She mentioned that her husband had asked to be given the baby or else he would go to a home where there are prostitutes. The mother decided to give her child to her husband. The mother did not think that the man would actually rape the baby, but rather possibly  do something different. As soon as it was brought to light what happened someone went directly to the surgery room to inform the doctor what happened and at that moment the baby died and there was nothing else that could have been done. The doctor stormed out if the surgery room went directly to the parents and he started to beat both of them out of anger and frustration. The police had to separate them and the parents were both taken to jail. 

My heart broke. I wanted to cry, but I had to keep my composure, which was so difficult. I look at these beautiful little angels who are here at the Hogar and don't understand why someone would ever hurt these little babies. 

The scripture that comes to mind:

People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them. (Mark 10:13-16 NIV)

If this is how Christ sees children, then how does He feel about it when they are injured?