A long-time Guatemalan friend of Christians in Action, spent 3 days painting a mural on one of our orphanage walls. Thanks, Fernando, LOVE it!
Analisa is such a joy and growing up so fast. She is now potty-trained and even wakes up dry some mornings. She is learning new words every day in both English and Spanish and is starting to use sentences. She copies and repeats everything. She has also started attending Sunday School. She’s bonding with her teachers, Evy and Cony, and manages to sit still and pay attention for a whole hour.
She loves to “help” with all the chores. Her favorite activity is playing in water, be it in the kid-sized sink, the pila (laundry sink), or the baptismal aka “the pool” and sweeping.
Stefani, (Tifa) is doing really well with her new family and they allow visits on a regular basis. They even got her a new puppy which she absolutely adores.
Missionary Anita Byle is still visiting a church plant up in the mountains once a month. Some of the ladies she ministers to are joyfully growing in the Lord and it’s so good to see them sharing the love of Jesus with others in their village.
Anita has been helping one young lady once or twice a week with her English homework. Alejandra,18, is our nanny’s daughter and in her last year of high school. Anita loves seeing her eyes light up when she finally understands what she is learning.
DOH wants to thank all of you who so faithfully support the Lord’s work in Guatemala, and for covering all the workers in prayer.
We had cause to celebrate!!! Our little princess Analisa turned 2 years old on the 23rd… We celebrated with special friends and she had a great time, complete with a pinata. What a blessing she has been to all of us and to Destiny of Hope. We are much more than an Orphanage, we are home.
Thanks so much for your love and support!
Anita—Founder Destiny of Hope children’s home
Since April, we have had 3 groups of volunteers to come and help us with various projects. What wonderful blessings they have been!
The babies are growing so fast I can hardly keep up.
Josue’ is 28 months old now and talking in short sentences. He has a court hearing on the 12th of July and he really needs your prayers. Please join us in asking the Lord to allow him to return to his birth mother, brothers, and sister. His birth mom and siblings have been here to visit several times and Josue’ just loves them and vice versa. Josue’ deserves to have his biological family, so PLEASE, pray that it will happen on the 12th.
Analisa is 17 months old and has developed into a little social butterfly. Her darling antics capture the hearts of all who meet her She repeats everything we say and do. She, too, is starting to put words together, some in Spanish, some in English. She is still not walking alone, so I took her to an orthopedic specialist that her psychologist recommended. He determined that she needs orthodics to give her more support and stability. Please pray that this is the answer and that God will strengthen her legs and give her the confidence she needs to walk without support. She, has a court hearing on the 14th. Since she has had absolutely no contact from any family members, we are hoping that the judge will free Analisa to be available for adoption.
Davy, almost 9 months, is still so cute and chubby, but the best part is that he is still so easy-going. He can sit alone now, and loves to “talk” and squeal with delight. He is just about crawling, so let the ” fun” begin! Because his birth mom and family live so close, they come to visit him every week, sometimes more often. But they are so poor that I highly doubt they will ever be able to adequately provide for him. Davy might be staying with us for a long time and we are plenty OK with that.
I can’t thank you enough for the many ways you’ve supported this ministry. May the Lord bless you and keep you.
Anita Byle—Founder, Destiny of Hope Children’s Home
I can’t begin to express my gratitude for my nephew, Darryl, and the awesome team he brought to Guatemala. In just over a week, they completed the security wall around the Christians in Action campus. Even though it was their first time laying cement block, you’d think a group of professionals built it. Everyone is very pleased with the finished product.
The team also brought many suitcases filled with toys, diapers, formula, clothes, etc. for the babies and even some things for me, including an Ipad !!!
I had no idea that my son, Jason, would be joining the team. First time in the 4 1/2 yrs. I’ve been here that he was able to come to visit me. What a wonderful surprise and answer to prayer!!! Analisa really enjoyed him too.
“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” Romans 15:13
Serving Him with Hope in Guatemala,
Anita Byle—Founder, Destiny of Hope Children’s Home
I am so thankful for the Lord’s faithful provision. Just today one of our Guatemalan board members unexpectedly came with his American boss for a visit to Destiny of Hope. He gave us a donation and it was exactly the amount we needed to pay our Nannies wages this month. Some of you have been faithful to give to our ministry as well, and I am so grateful.
Josue’ is 22 months old and has been busy learning new words and skills. Paula Holmbeck and her girls sold a litter of kittens and sent the money so Josue’ could have a motorcycle that he can ride. One of my missionary friends is a powerful prayer warrior and intercessor. She prayed over Josue’ and the difference in his attitude is amazing! Please pray that he’ll continue learning to receive the love of Jesus into his heart. She also prayed over me and I have more freedom and joy in Jesus. I have less pain in my body as the Lord continues to heal me from the effects of Chikugunya.
Analisa is 10 months old and “running” all over in her walker and she loves the Johnny Jump Up that the Holmbecks also donated. She has been battling a bad cold, cough, strep throat, and a urinary tract infection, but is doing better now. She just loves Josue’ and they are becoming good friends. Not a single member of her birth family showed up at her last court hearing. Please pray that Analisa will become available for adoption very soon.
Davy is almost 2 months old and is growing amazingly fast! He is still such a good baby and finally gave his first real smile. His birth mom and grandmother are faithful to visit him regularly. At his court hearing the judge needed to cancel our meeting and it could not be rescheduled until April.
A friend of mine treated me and 2 other missionaries to 3 days of rest and relaxation at a resort near the Pacific Ocean. While there, we experienced a 5.7 earthquake. The epicenter was even closer to home. Thank God no damage at our campus.
I finally found a vehicle big enough to transport my “family” and then some. It’s a 2001 Mitsubishi Montero in excellent condition and low miles. My mechanic has known the former owner his whole life and has been maintaining for the last 10 yrs. and so he knows this car very well. He was able to lower the price and recommended I buy it. When we went to exchange the title, I was surprised to see them using a regular typewriter instead of a computer. We encountered the same at the lawyers office.
Every afternoon at 5:00 pm a herd of cows adds to the already crowded main street of San Jose’ nearby my house.
We have been blessed with the arrival of another brand new baby boy. He is 2 weeks old and was born on Jason’s Birthday! His birth mother named him Mauricio David. He weighs 4 1/2 lbs. and is doing well. A friend of ours who has a 3 month old has an excess of breast milk. She pumped out 7 bags full and promised to bring more every week. Now Mauri won’t have the digestive issues Analisa has had to deal with. Both of the other babies just love him already.
Analisa now has 2 bottom teeth. At 9 months of age, she surprised us by throwing her very first temper tantrum. Hopefully, she won’t follow Josue’ s example and make it a habit. Speaking of Josue’, he is doing so much better in that area. His latest form of rebellion has been to refuse to eat. But that ‘s ok. He gets hungry eventually and will finally eat what we had first offered to him. He loves to give us kisses and big hugs. He is crazy about motorcycles, but the Barbie motorcycle someone gave him just doesn’t cut it. Anyone want to help us buy him a motorcycle or tricycle that he can actually ride? Toys are horrendously expensive here.
Please pray that I will find a suitable vehicle to replace the small pick up I have now. There just isn’t enough room for our growing family.