Thursday, June 9, 2011

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. James 1:27

Eagles Nest orphanage sits on the top of a mountain overlooking beautiful Lake Atitlan in Solola, Guatemala. It is the home of 22 orphaned and abandoned children. A place where they are safe, taught the love of Jesus and a place where they are given hope. For some of these children Eagles Nest is the only home they have ever known. For other's its a safe haven- a place where they are given a chance to become all God created them to be. Yet even more important, a place where they can learn about the one who created them in the first place.

Each one of these children have a story, a story of survival and a story of hope.  

Today I would like to introduce you to a some of these children who have already stolen my heart.

And now introducing Carlos Raul. Carlos is 27 months old and as precious as can be. He was brought to Eagles Nest by the courts due to malnourishment and neglect. His biological mom has 2 other babies that died due to the same thing. He is very quiet and really chooses his people to cling to but they are different everyday. He doesn’t seem to want to get too attached to just one person.

Meet Byron Paholo. Byrons nickname is "Precioso". Byron been at Eagles Nest since he was a baby. He is 3 1/2 years old and he is advanced in school and in conversation. He is very quiet but very smart and he loves to play with cars.

This is Byron Arturo. His nickname is Chiquitin (Little guy). He was given the nickname because there are two Byron’s. Arturo is 3 1/2. He is such a loving and adorable little guy. Loves to just sit on your lap and be loved on. It is believed that he may have some delays and the staff at Eagles Nest is working hard to help him develop the best they can.

Meet these handsome brothers...
Eliceo is going to be 13 this month. He is very quiet and serious- but a very sweet kid. He is also a very good student.

Nahun is 11, his birthday is in November. He is a fun kid. He is also a good student in school.

Joselito is 8 - October 31st is his birthday. He is a special needs child. Joselito deals with a lot of anger and fear.
All 3 boys have been in and out of children’s homes for 3 + years. All three of them were abused severely in many ways but are thriving at Eagles Nest.

Meet Little Miss Adorable~ Victoria. It is believed Victoria was most likely relinquished by her birth mother because of her special needs. Victoria is missing her left ear and has a partial right ear. After some testing it was discovered that she does have her ear canals but it is still not confirmed whether or not she can hear for sure, although observations suggests that she may not. Victoria is now starting to gain weight and has a smile that will light up the room.

I'd like to introduce you to Princess Flory. Flory has been at Eagles Nest since she was only a few days old. She was born November 14th, 2007. She is still being adopted by a family in TX but there are issues with her case that have made it impossible to finish the case. She loves dresses and books. She is attending our school here in the nursery class.

Meet Jose Pablo. Jose Pablo has been at Eagles Nest since he was a baby. He is going to be 4 years old this month. Unfortunately he is one of the children stuck in the old adoption law and has a family waiting to complete his adoption. He is a sweet heart and captures everyone’s hearts that comes to visit. He loves dinosaurs.

This adorable little guys name is Kevin. Kevin has been at Eagles Nest since he was a baby as well. He is 3 1/2 years old. He is one cool kid! Quiet but loves to play hide and seek.  He too loves to play with cars.

Maria and Ani are 7 year old twins.
They have lived at Eagles Nest since they were 17 months old. They are inseparable. In school if one is reading the other one rights and then they switch. :)

Maria is very giggly and doesn’t take anything seriously. Ani is a little more serious than her sister.

They love dresses and baby dolls

Introducing Beautiful Onoria.
Onoria is 11 years old. She is very quiet but with being the oldest girl she is taking on some responsibilities within the home. She is growing up into one amazing young lady. She has been at Eagles Nest  since she was about 6 years old. She loves to cook in the kitchen and help Mama Luky. She also likes to play with dolls and girly things.

Meet Ever, Jeni and Mainor...
Ever and Jeni came to live at Eagles Nest in July 2010. They were a rescue situation, taken away  from their mother and step father. They were being abused and neighbors turned them into the courts. Jeni was born tongue tied and  is partially deaf. In February Jeni had a procedure done to clip her tongue and now the staff is working with her to try to pronounce her words correctly. Just a couple of weeks ago Ever and Jeni's younger brother  Mainor came to live at Eagles Nest as well. He was living in another children’s home but was having some behavior problems which they connected to the possibility of him needing to be reunited with his siblings.He has adjusted really well. They are 11, 9 and 5 years old.

As many of you know, raising a child is expensive, and raising 22 children involves a lot of cost. Cost for child care, cost for food, clothing, medical expenses, education, and so on.

Because the Lord speaks clearly about our role in taking care of orphans in James 1:27 my new friend Karen has taken the Lords command to heart and is doing what she can to help provide support in raising these precious children.

When you make a purchase through her store 25% of the sales will go directly to help with the cost of raising these children and trust me, she has the cutest children's clothes I have ever seen.

You can check out her store here....

***If you'd like to know more about these children and how you can become a monthly sponsor please contact me at block amy at hot mail dot com.

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Shonni said...

They are all so adorable!!!

"Are These Kids All Yours?" said...

Beautiful children of God- thank you for sharing about them......praying for them all and your family as you prepare to minister to them!!!

Laurie said...

Love these faces! Oh how blessed you are to be able to go and love on these kids! I have to say I am bit jealous but in a good way. Love ya friend!

Carrie said...

Where are the posts that would tell what you will be doing at Eagle's Nest? I have heard of this orphanage before. We adopted our daughter from Guatemala, near the end of 2007, before they closed adoptions. Our hearts are in that country as well as Ethiopia where are son is from.
You can let me know here:
Thanks and God bless!

Stephanie said...

Jose pablo is ours! He turned 4 today. We are praying him home! Your family is precious!