Tag : heros
This is Jacob Castillo, the director of Nuevo Reto. He also pastors a church next to the orphanage. Jacob has been operating Nuevo Reto for over 20 years with very little support. He is such a Godly man.
If your church or community of friends is interested in possibly sponsoring an orphanage or care point, contact Children’s HopeChest at 719.487.7800 or http://www.hopechest.org/.
My mission team stayed at the house of Rev. Jean Claude Sylvain while we were in Port-au-Prince. Jean Claude oversees 12 churches in Haiti and two orphanages, in addition to having over 30 orphans and abandoned kids and young adults living at his house (some of whom have lived there for over 20 years). My team and I were worn out by Friday night, but we were told we needed to attend “youth night” at the church. I am so glad we did because the service was one of the most uplifting experiences I’ve had a long time. The praise and worship music was fantastic (and loud), and Pastor Jean Claude laid it down during his sermon. Wow. These photos give you an idea of how powerful the sermon really was.
This is my hero, Giusepe Teruel. He started serving a few meals to people who live on the street in Guatemala City over 20 years ago. For eight months he worked alone serving sandwiches to destitute families living on the street and sharing the Gospel with them. Others slowly began to serve with Giusepe, and they began serving hundreds of sandwiches and soup. Giusepe developed relationships with the street people, and he continued to share Jesus with the families.
There are many, many families living on the street, and Giusepe asked whether the kids go to school. He discovered that almost none of the street kids attend school because their families cannot afford the school fees and uniforms. So what did this poor man do with no funding or resources? He felt God wanted him to start a school for the street kids. Now the school has over 300 street kids that attend. I was there for a morning session. Over 120 kids piled out of a school bus (which was designed for about 40 kids) and bolted through the doors of the school. In the afternoon, over 130 older kids attend the school.
Giusepe discovered that most of the kids were not getting anything to eat before they came to school, so he and his staff started serving a full hot breakfast to all of the young students. He and his staff also had to obtain school clothing for the street kids because their families simply have no money.
In talking with Giusepe, you quickly realize how this happy, energetic man truly loves and relies upon God. His faith seems to be unshakable. I watched in amazement as Giusepe moved through the crowds with such care and love. I thought this must have been the way Jesus walked on the earth. He knew every one of the hundreds of street people and every one of the kids at the school. Giusepe knew each one’s story and struggles, and his friendship with each one was authentic.
Giusepe during one of the stops of his street ministry where he and his staff serve food to the poor, sing praise songs and preach the word.
A local Guatemalan church has a youth group that goes out nightly with Giusepe during the street ministry. These young people are the “real deal” – they truly love the Lord, and they live out their faith.
Morning prayer before the breakfast at the school for street kids.
Giusepe explaining his ministries to my mission team. I was stunned to discover that none of the kids in the school have sponsors and that Giusepe has to piece together sporadic support from various sources to keep the ministries going. When I asked him how he does it, Giusepe simply replied, “The Lord supplies.”
Children’s HopeChest is currently searching for a church or community in America to come alongside Giusepe and his school. All of the kids desperately need sponsors, and there are many urgent needs. Some church or community will get the wonderful opportunity to write a new story for the street children of Guatemala City.
I came away from Guatemala truly amazed by Giusepe and the work the Lord is doing through him.