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Merry Christmas!

Posted in Children's Homes on December 11, 2018 by abrahamproject

Dear Friends and Family,

In the midst of transition we continue to face more changes. At the end of September, our psychologist resigned. She was offered a job at PANI. So that left us looking for her replacement. We found a terrific candidate that will be an asset as we move forward with our new model! Alejandra has experience working in the court system with victims of domestic violence. Throughout this year’s ups and downs, we continue to see God’s mercy in our lives.

As Alejandra has begun getting acquainted with the kids and has read their files, she has noticed a marked difference in their “before” and “after” story. One day, she was working with Samuel. She asked him what was his favorite color. Immediately, he told her red and asked, “Do you want to know why?” Then he went on to explain that red represents the blood Jesus shed out of love for us. It is clear that the children are learning about the true meaning of Christmas. Amid the festivities, the real celebration is taking place; the joy of observing Jesus’s birthday and the reason for His coming to earth.

We are so thankful as we close out this year, we have had the incredible support of so many. We are grateful for each of you! Our prayer for you this Christmas is:

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”  a (Romans 15:13)

The Thomas Family

 

Ministry News

Posted in Children's Homes on August 16, 2018 by abrahamproject

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 Crossroads …

After our house parents, Esteban & Gaby, left in mid May, we received a crushing disclosure from the supervisor of the Accreditation Department. She, in effect, notified us that she would not be issuing operational permits for the two new homes we had planned to build in Phase II. We were told that we would have to find a new model. We were shocked, to say the least, and left scrambling to come up with a new plan. Over the past few years, Costa Rica has been moving toward a trend to deinstitutionalize children in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children. These agreements promote kinship care and foster care. The idea is that children are better off in these settings than in an institution. In the future, Costa Rica plans to reduce the number of children in institutions. This news came to us just as we were renewing our operational permits for our two existing children’s homes. PANI is requiring us to make certain adjustments, changes that we are not willing to make. These changes would impede our ability to carry out our mission and our vision in the way we feel the Lord is leading for this ministry. We found ourselves at a crossroads with few options available to us.

… A  new Beginning

During this period of transition, we had the privilege of meeting some staff from Buckner Children and Family services in Dallas. They visited the AP in the spring and we were able to tour their ministry in early May. Buckner works directly with single mothers (18 years or older) and their children to help restore, rebuild, and transform their lives. They offer programs to help reduce barriers to self-sufficiency. After visiting their ministry in Dallas and after much prayer and counsel, we decided to adopt this concept as our new model here in Costa Rica. Six of us will be traveling to Texas in September to receive a week-long training session from the staff at Buckner. We will learn how to choose the candidates for our program, the different types of training offered, such as: parenting skills, money management, communication skills, conflict resolution tools, spiritual mentorship and accountability, and more. We are excited that we will be expanding our vision to not only work with children at risk, but also work with single mothers who find themselves at risk. This ministry will impact these families in a greater way, as we teach and train the mothers to care for themselves and their children, .

Fortunately, we have been able to make adjustments to our drawings and are already constructing the foundations of two buildings. Instead of a single dwelling, the new plans are to have 4 single apartments in each building.

In regards to the existing children’s homes, we have asked PANI for a transition period so that the 7 children we currently have can leave the AP in a natural fashion (adoption or family member).

Obviously, this will present us with new challenges along the way. Nonetheless, God is sovereign and we are confident that He is putting His perfect plan into action.

Change, as hard as it can be, is essential for us as we move forward. We covet your prayers as we embark on a new beginning. We trust God will provide the people and resources to accomplish His plan in the lives of these families!  Thank you for your continued interest in the ministry God has given us to fulfill.

Crossroads

 A crossroads is a place of decision that will affect the course of one’s life.

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Brother and Twin Sister’s Leave the A.P.

Posted in Children's Homes on May 18, 2018 by abrahamproject

A sibling trio left our home. Sebastian, and his twin sisters Mariana & Isabela arrived here a year and a half ago. Their father, a gangbanger and a minor, and their mother were unfit to take care of their children. Last month, a judge granted guardianship of the three to their maternal aunt. On May 18th, the children were taken to Leon 13, an area known for gang violence. Trusting God to keep them by placing a hedge of protection around these 3 babies.

 

Jane Doe Gets a Family!

Posted in Children's Homes on May 11, 2018 by abrahamproject

We are  happy to report that baby “Jane” was legally declared abandoned and on May 11th she was adopted! Her parents are precious! They are Costa Rican and have named her Emma Valeria. We believe they are God’s perfect choice for this sweet angel. We trust that Jonathan & Rosalyn will one day share with Emma the story of God’s grace, provision, and care for her as a newborn infant. His active interest in her little life, down to the details of the children’s home she would be placed in temporarily and who would eventually become her father and mother never escaped Him for a moment!

 

Ministry News

Posted in Children's Homes, Construction on April 16, 2018 by abrahamproject

RAISING A WALL

With the construction of the bridge completed, we have turned our attention to raising a wall between Phase II and the property next door. Our friends from Calvary Baptist and Living Hope Baptist Church in Kentucky worked diligently over the course of a week to advance rather nicely on the construction. We are also marking the outlines of the two homes and will start digging footers in the near future.  We love seeing progress!

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Jane Doe Update

Last newsletter, we shared about a baby girl we received who was abandoned in a Catholic Church. She is now 2.5 months old and is growing like a wild weed!  She is such a peaceful baby. We believe God has an intended purpose and destiny for her life. The case worker told us that they are still in the process of declaring her abandoned so that she can be adopted.

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In the mean time, we pray for the family that will have the privilege of raising her, that they will have a home that is founded firmly on the Word of God and His precepts. Please join us in praying for her placement with an adoptive family.

 

Adios!

Posted in Children's Homes on March 16, 2018 by abrahamproject

Today two spunky siblings left our home after being at the Abraham Project for 2.5 years.  They were transfers from another home up the freeway from us.

Last weekend, their parents flew in from Spain.  On Monday, Javier and Carmen visited Richard and Sandra for the first time.  Their adoption process had been a long time in the making, but there was an instant connection the minute they met!  The kids adjusted rather quickly to their new family and their attachment and bonding period was smooth and easy.  It was a joy to see this family fall in love with one another.

We will miss our lil’ friends dearly, but we know that they are far happier enjoying life with their new parents!

Ciao!

Posted in Children's Homes on March 6, 2018 by abrahamproject

This month, we had a sibling trio leave our home unexpectedly. Naomi, Dominic, and Cameron arrived here last August. They were difficult to handle in the beginning. However, the children changed drastically in the 7 months we had them. Dominic stopped cussing in English. Naomi, who had a number of crises at the beginning, adapted to life at the AP, and lil’ sister Cameron seemed to adjust the easiest. PANI notified us that the maternal grandmother was soliciting custody of the children. After completing an evaluation, they found her able to receive her grandchildren. On March 6th, they left to begin a new adventure. Pray with us that the seeds planted in their hearts will grow as they continue their journey with the Lord!

 

URGENT REQUEST

Posted in Children's Homes on February 19, 2018 by abrahamproject

Over the past several years, we have witnessed costs increasing more rapidly than the money coming into the coffers for the children’s homes, so much so, that we have now used up all the reserves.  Obviously, we have to address the shortfall.  This is where you come in.  The AP has always been a faith ministry that relies on the generosity of our faithful supporters.  We are asking that each one of you pray and consider how you might help remedy this pressing problem that we now face.  We are convinced that God has given us all an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of these children.  See instructions on the back.  Thank you!

 

Ministry News

Posted in Children's Homes on January 25, 2018 by abrahamproject

On January 19th, news of an abandoned baby girl in a Catholic church hit the media outlets.  The doctor that received her in the E.R. attends our Costa Rican church.  She immediately contacted us with hopes that we would be able to receive her.  The baby was not born in a hospital and was less than 12 hours old when abandoned by her mother.  The baby girl was admitted into the hospital and every test imaginable was run.  Thankfully, everything came back negative.  She was administered a series of antibiotics since information about her birth was unknown.

A number of children’s homes in the country had already contacted the local PANI office with offers to take the baby.  However, the case worker in charge contacted us asking if we had space to receive this lil’ angel.  The social worker told us that she immediately thought of our homes when she was assigned the case, because we have never given her any problems in the past.  What a testimony!  Six days after her birth, we received this precious baby girl.  She came to us unnamed.  God in His infinite wisdom knew her even in her mother’s womb.  Isaiah 45:4: “I have even called you by your name; I have named you, …”  We have seen God’s protection and mercy over this baby: from the doctor on call that day, to her being in perfect health despite the conditions of her birth, to the fact that we received the call from PANI.  God has faithfully orchestrated every detail!  Our prayer is that she would one day know her Heavenly Father who cherishes her unconditionally and who took care of her from the moment she was born.

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My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.  Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

Psalm 139:15-16

 

Ministry News

Posted in Children's Homes on December 4, 2017 by abrahamproject

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Dear Friends and Family,

Once again, we find ourselves approaching the Christmas season and as we do, we have so much to be thankful for in this special time of year.  God has blessed Georgiana and me with a wonderful marriage and 4 beautiful children.  Don’t get me wrong though, we are by no means perfect, but we do love one another and we try to honor God in all that He has called us to fulfill.  We do not take this blessing for granted.

We have spent the last 20 years of our lives working with children who are less fortunate.  They are “at-risk” children who were born into families that are considered by society as dysfunctional.  This was definitely not by their choice.

We have learned from experience that all of these kids have one thing in common, they want a family they can call their own.  Just to know that they belong to a family unit and that they are loved by someone means the world to them.  In other words, the work that is accomplished here at the Abraham Project is critical in their formation, especially during the most formative years of their lives.

During this holiday season of giving, we would ask you to consider how you might participate in the lives of these children in a tangible way.  We have purchased gifts for each one, but there are still so many other pressing needs.  Would you consider a monetary gift to help with the monthly operational expenses as we close out this year?

Many of you have come alongside to assist in this effort, by giving so generously and praying so fervently.  For this, we are grateful.  May God richly bless you for all that you have done!  Thank you!

Stephen, Georgiana, & Luke