About a month ago I made a decision that has quite drastically altered my life… I moved to Mexico! Like most major decisions I make, it was not thought out, planned, or prepared for. While visiting LA, a friend of mine had told me about an orphanage in Tijuana (shoutout to David Hott, thanks, man). Although he couldn’t make it down, I was determined to go visit even if it was by myself. I called someone from the orphanage, and they set me up with a driver. Sitting in a pickup truck crossing the border into Tijuana with a man whom I’ve never met was logically the dumbest choice I’ve ever made, but I had 100% peace that it was exactly what God had planned for me.
My whole life I’ve been searching for “home,” and for the first time, I felt that feeling the moment I entered the orphanage. I was greeted by 20 of the sweetest faces I have ever seen, smiling from ear to ear and talking a million miles an hour in Spanish. A country away from anything I knew, with people who didn’t speak my language, and in an entirely new culture… I found home. After a few days, I asked if they could use my help if I moved down. When they said yes, I canceled my plans without hesitation on returning to Seattle. It has absolutely been the most challenging thing I’ve done, but also the most rewarding.
The first week of me being here they put me in charge of the 6 girls. Going from traveling, single, and free; to a mother of 6 literally overnight! The language barrier has probably been the hardest part just because I want to be able to hear and understand them, but love knows no language. They have had so much grace with me, and have already taught me a TON of Spanish. Even with the language barrier, I’ve still been able to get to know each of them and their individually unique personalities.
I don’t know the plans of the Lord, and how long He will have me here, but I am so honored to be able to be here and serve these children. Although I came here to help their lives, they have completely changed mine! I can’t wait to see what all God has for me and my adventure here in Mexico. Thank you for following along!
“Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of God our Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.” James 1:27
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