This week’s ROOM contributor is Erin Williams. Erin is serving as a long term volunteer with ROOM Honduras under the leadership of Joey and Kellie Weed. Erin has brought new life and new energy to ROOM’s orphanage care programs. She has an eager heart and willingness to learn. We are so thankful to have her to serve the children through ROOM’s ministry programs.
Psalm 68:5 has recently taken on a whole new meaning to me. The God of the universe–The one who created me, chose me, and saved me–is also a father to the fatherless! Let’s think about that for a second; I can probably think of so many other things that He could be doing, seeing that He is God and all. But no, He’s a dad! He’s the one who kisses every boo-boo, cradles us in the big, perfect hug that only a father has, and always has the best stash of band-aids to make the pain go away. It’s probably a good thing I’m not God because I highly doubt I would take time for those simple things. But I’m so thankful that He does.
Every day in San Pedro Sula, I meet kids that aren’t quite as lucky as I am. Some do not have running water. Some do not have two loving parents; some do not even have one loving parent. Others bathe in a river. They see riding in a car as a luxury. They see fresh fruit and vegetables as a special treat. And, more humbling, many do not know the saving grace and abounding love that I receive from Jesus on a daily basis.
For some crazy reason, God thought I was able to love these kids. He moved me a world away to do just that. I get to play games (and by play- I mean lose). I get to act out charades (which is quite challenging in Spanish if you were wondering). I get to laugh and cry. I get to experience the pure joy that lights up their eyes when they learn something new. I get to wrap my arms around them every day and God allows me to radiate His beauty and walk in His presence with them. I get to learn their names, learn their fears, and help them forget, if even for a second, the struggles many face every day.
Here, I see Psalms 68:5, I see God, the Creator of the universe, the King Almighty, being Daddy God and Father to the fatherless.
Now, let me introduce you to Deysi.
She loves to make noises with her mouth. She craves kisses, clapping, bath time, and slow dancing in the kitchen. She dislikes being by herself, eating baby food, and being hot.
I am lucky, because I get to step into this girl’s life everyday. I get to sit by her crib and listen to her soft breath tones as she’s sleeping. I get to soothe her while she cries. I get to be the reason she laughs. I get to love her, the best way I know how, every single day. How did I get so lucky, right?
When I look into Deysi’s beautiful eyes, I see God staring at me through her. I see greater love than I could ever put into words. And then, I see Psalms 68:5; I see God, the Creator of the universe, the King Almighty, being Daddy God and Father to the fatherless all over again.
We love that through Erin’s commitment to service alongside of ROOM she is learning and deepening her understanding of the character of God. We are so grateful for her willingness to step into so many stories that need the promise of hope, redemption, and love that is rooted in the cross.
If you would like to read about more stories like Deysi’s, we invite you to join us over on our special blog series where you can learn how you can Become Part of the Story.
If you would like to contribute to ROOM’s orphanage care programs please visit our Razoo Page.
Or mail us a check at Reach Out Orphanage Ministries to PO Box 5882, Concord NC 28027. All donations are tax deductible