“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13
Orphan prevention is one of the most beautiful dynamics of ministry we have had the honor of being part of since arriving in Honduras. One of the most memorable and life changing moments for us as a family, as well as for our transition home, was when we had the opportunity
to care for 35-day-old Andres. As some of you may remember, Andres came to us while his mother was under investigation for child abuse and neglect. He weighed a mere 4 lbs, and had a broken collar bone and humerus. Over a period of two-and-a-half weeks, the Lord healed his little body! He gained weight, the cast came off, and he was able to be reunited with his father and grandmother.
Since then (over the past year-and-a-half), we have had the privilege of keeping in touch with his family, and since his mother is not able to see, let alone nurse him, Abba Padre has come alongside them by donating baby formula to his family each month via the local church in the community where they live. As a result, we have established a great relationship with their family, one which has now become an honor, as they boldly declare we are a part of their family!
Recently, the church we work with in their area hosted a medical brigade led by our friends and fellow missionaries Brad & Penny Gathright. Shortly afterward we received a phone call from Penny, sharing some concerns they had regarding Andres. His family had similar concerns and brought him to the brigade looking for help, and for possible answers. The following week our family went up to Tela to visit Andres and his family to address these concerns. (At 17 months old, Andres is not rolling, sitting, crawling, walking, barely talking, etc., and he holds his left arm as if it’s still broken.)
A few days later, his dad brought him down to San Pedro and entrusted him to us for the week so we could take him to several doctors’ appointments, an osteopath brigade (that divinely happened to be in country that week), and a pediatric neurologist who is normally booked, but was miraculously able to get us in!
Andres has since been given four referrals to Teletón to receive therapy at no cost to his family. We are awaiting a follow-up appointment to find some neurological answers. Several specialists are thinking he could possibly have a form of palsy, as a result of trauma from abuse, but no clear diagnosis has been given yet.
Will you please come alongside us in prayer for Andres as we seek the Lord once again for complete healing in his little body? And will you please pray for us as we continue to come alongside families with a desire to see them strengthened through the Father’s love!?
Todd, Wendy & Our Ever-Changing Family
To learn more about Todd and Wendy’s ministry and ways that you can support them, please visit their website, Abba Padre International.
To support the work of ROOM’s Transition Home Ministry please consider making a donation through our Razoo site or by sending a check to Reach Out Orphanage Ministries, PO Box 5882, Concord, NC 28027