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Homeward Bound

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

Aliza, Lion, and Zhion are now officially U.S. citizens!  Mom & Dad’s arrival in Costa Rica was a sweet reunion! They spent a number of weeks getting to know one another and forming a tight bond.  Today, the siblings and their adoptive parents are homeward bound.  We trust the Lord to bless this precious family!

… And so the adventure begins …

 

Miracles still Happen!

Posted in Children's Homes, Construction on October 10, 2017 by abrahamproject

After almost 3 years of wrangling with the government, we are now proud owners of Phase II construction permits. The city gave the green light on Oct. 10th and we received the official papers ten days later. To add to the good news, a contract was signed with the company responsible for building the bridge.  The bridge is slated to be finished in 2-3 months.

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New Siblings in the House!

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

About a week ago, we received a call about three siblings that were aging out of another private organization.  They were looking for somewhere to place them.  After studying the case, we accepted two brothers and a sister!  Leo, Glen, and Gleni are a handful, but we are excited to have them here at the project!  Please pray for a smooth transition for these three and that they will feel loved and accepted in their new home.

Reaching 100 Kids in 13 Years!

Posted in Children's Homes on August 8, 2017 by abrahamproject

We want to share some very exciting news with you. We are celebrating the arrival of the 100th child to the Abraham Project Children’s Homes! With the arrival of Naomi, Dominic and Cameron on August 7th, they represent # 98, # 99, and # 100. It should be pointed out, these children are not just mere numbers to us, they are God’s creation, children with life, joy, and contagious smiles, just to mention a few.

These children represent the future and we are convinced that God has a unique and specific plan for each one of them. It is hard to believe that just thirteen years ago, we received the first four children into the homes. As we look back on the years, we realize how God has had His hands not only us, but also on each child who we have been privileged to minister to.  We thank Him and give Him the glory!

 

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Trio of Siblings

Posted in Children's Homes on August 7, 2017 by abrahamproject

This afternoon, just hours after saying good-bye to Alberto, we received a rambunctious trio.  Naomi, Dominic and Cameron displayed some nervous anxiety about coming to the A.P.  They are the products of a neglectful mother who left them alone for periods of time.  We know that God has brought them here and we trust He will fill the void in their hearts.  Please pray for them as they adjust to their new surroundings and that they will feel the love of Jesus in this place.

Hasta Luego Little Friend!

Posted in Children's Homes on August 7, 2017 by abrahamproject

On August 3rd, Bernardo and Natalia arrived to meet their adopted son for the very first time!  They were thrilled to finally get to know Alberto in person.  Alberto’s national adoption was finalized on August 7th.

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Since he has a big brother, he will be the “baby” of the family.  Our prayer is that God would bless this sweet lil’ family as they begin their new journey together.

Ministry News

Posted in Children's Homes on August 1, 2017 by abrahamproject

Today we received a “Thank you” note from Lifeline Adoption Agency in the U.S.  It read:

Thank you so much for all your hard work and advocacy for the children of Costa Rica.  We know it is a big job with many challenges; however, you are making an eternal impact on the lives of thousands of children everyday.  So many children now have loving, forever families because of your passion and diligence.  Our hearts and prayers are with you always.  We love you, and we are so grateful for you!

What a sweet reminder that everything we do has an eternal impact in the lives of every child that comes to us.  Sometimes it’s hard, especially for our house parents who have to deal with the children daily.  Sometimes, they feel like pulling their hair out or just packing up and leaving.  But it’s the call of God that keeps them here.  It’s His mandate to make a difference that encourages them to press on.  Please pray for Esteban & Gaby, and Jairo & Karla.  Pray for God’s wisdom for each challenge they face.  Pray for patience, compassion, and love for every child, no matter how difficult they are.  Pray that they would remember that there is an eternal reward to those who diligently serve Him.

Last month we mentioned that Richard & Sandra’s file is currently being reviewed by a potential adoptive family.  The family has requested additional information with regards to their academic performance in school.  Last week, we asked their teachers for reports with regards to their progress.  Thankfully, they gave them to us promptly and we have delivered them to the Office of Adoptions.  We are now waiting to see what the family decides.  Both Richard and Sandra have struggled since the beginning of the year.  The transition of Aaron & Candace out of the home and two sets of siblings leaving in adoption the latter part of January has really taken a toll on these affectionate siblings.  They are misbehaving so much, but we feel that the root is their desperate desire to have their own family.  Please pray that God would provide the perfect home for this dynamic duo.

A special trio received good news during the mid year break.  Aliza, Lion, and Zhion were told that they had been matched with a family!  The kids were thrilled to know that  they would be moving to the U.S. in a matter of months.  House parents Gaby & Esteban shared an amazing story with us just before all of this took place.  One morning, Aliza came downstairs and told Gaby that she had a dream the night before.  In her dream, there was a bright light that was calling her name, but she was cautious about approaching it.  Out of the blue, Valeria (Gaby & Esteban’s daughter) pushed her towards it.  The light spoke to her and told her that something very good would be happening soon for her and for her little brothers.  She told Gaby, “I know that was God speaking to me and I believe we’re going to get a family soon!”  Two weeks later, the case worker from Adoptions came out to give them the good news!  Proof that you’ve got to have faith like a child!

A few days ago, our house parents mentioned that one of their kids had been in their home for 2 years.  The boy remember the date that he arrived here at the A.P.  He told  them that he was glad to be here because God has changed his life so much since arriving.  He’s right, God has made a significant difference in his life and in the lives of countless children who have grown up here!

We want you to know that your monthly gift allows you to be a part of that “change” in each child’s life.  You are making an eternal impact on every boy and girl that comes through our doors.  Thank you so much for your unselfish sacrifice and for being a meaningful part of their journey.

 

Wet & Wild Adventure!

Posted in Children's Homes, Teams on July 14, 2017 by abrahamproject

After a dynamic week of VBS, the group from Grace Community treated the house parents and all of the children to a wet & wild field trip to a water park!  It was the first time many of our kids had been to anything like this.  It was a blessing for our houseparents as well, since the team members took charge of the children and watched over them all day long. The kids enjoyed themselves on countless water slides on the premises, the pools, and many different attractions.

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We are so grateful for this opportunity to create special memories for the children!

Newcomer

Posted in Children's Homes on June 20, 2017 by abrahamproject

Today we received a sweet 3 year old into our homes.  José David is the son of a teen age mom (she was 13 when she had him).  She has been unable to bond with him or assume her role as mother.  PANI has begun the process of declaring him abandoned.  We pray that the process will be quick and that he will be placed with a loving family soon.

Ministry News

Posted in Children's Homes on June 8, 2017 by abrahamproject

Oh happy day!  After a year of “fighting” with the Costa Rican government to find out any news about Derik’s case, we received word that he had been declared abandoned on December 19, 2016.  Unfortunately, the local office in Limón didn’t notify us last year.  So for the past six months, his case has sat around idly (while we have been writing letters to the President of PANI, making phone calls, etc.…).  Thankfully, we are on the ball getting his adoption report, medical forms, and photos ready to send to the Office of Adoptions.  Derik is a great kid!  He’s a leader, he has an awesome smile that can brighten up anyone’s day, and he’s currently at a very stable place in his life.  He will turn 13 in September.  Typically people tend to be nervous about adopting adolescent boys.  Please pray that God will bless this teenager with the perfect family and that he will fit right in!

We have had so many issues, so many meetings, and so many hours invested in Guadalupe’s case.  At times it seems like things are going well and at other times everything seems like it’s falling apart!  She’s a creature of habit/routine.  After having a successful ending to the school year, she was placed with a new teacher this year.  This, after being told that she would maintain the same teacher in second grade.  The new teacher has not known how to manage her and Guadalupe has taken advantage of the situation.  On a number of occasions, she has bitten, clawed, scratched, and injured the new teacher.  Back in May, the school suspended her for 30 days.  Unfortunately, she thought she was on “vacation.”  During this time, we sought help from the Ministry of Education.  After performing a thorough evaluation of her, they suggested that we transfer her to a new school (this is the 3rd school in a year and 4 months!).  However, the new school has an integrated classroom setting where there are only 7 students.  The small class setting will definitely favor her.  The idea is for her to catch up and acquire the skills she needs to eventually be placed back into a regular class setting.  Honestly, Costa Rica does not have the resources to help kids like Guadalupe.  They are children who are not consider “Special Ed,” but also fall through the cracks in a regular school.  Pray for Guadalupe’s adjustment to her new school and for her behavioral issues.  We believe that the good work God has begun in her, He will bring to completion!

Siblings, Richard & Sandra’s file has been sent to the Office of Adoptions.  There is a potential, international family for them.  They are requesting some additional information with regards to this duo.  We are trusting God to place the children exactly where they need to be!

“All for the glory of God!” ~ I Corinthians 10:31