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Mar 11, 2014

Jessica was seven-years-old when she came to us.

She had spent most of her life living on the street with her gypsy mother, or locked in a hotel room caring for her younger siblings while her mother made money turning tricks. There were times when her mother would bring the men back to the hotel room and entertain them in front of her children.

Jessica has always been a sweet girl, but her rages were the worst we’ve ever experienced at Nana’s House. She was never violent; she just screamed—for hours on end! This caused all kinds of problems with the neighbors. They accused us torturing children, by selling and prostituting them. At first,  Jessica found solace only under her blanket. As she grew to trust us, she would accept a hug, as long as she was under the blanket and we were outside of  her private little world. We made tents with blankets, we gave her a huge plush gorilla that she could hug or hit; depending on her mood.

There was just something about this girl that tugged at my heart—and yes—I became very emotionally involved! We spent a year helping her deal with stress and right as she began to stabilize,  Child Protective Services intervened and returned her to her mother. Three weeks later, a Nana’s House staff worker, Erika, found Jessica downtown. Jessica’s mother informed Erika she could not handle her and  returned her to us.

Jessica stayed with us the whole school year and we sought professional help for her. Her rages intensified and we had to take her out of school. One day during an outing, she lapsed into hysterics. I had to lift her into the van as she kicked and screamed.  I was nervous that the police would think I was kidnapping a child! Once again, just as she began to trust us and calm down,  CPS suddenly decided to send her back to her mother, but this time we fought it—and lost! The authorities accused us of becoming too emotionally involved. Child Protective Services in Mexico didn’t seem to care. Jessica’s mother was furious with us, threatened us and became so aggressive, we had to call the police to take her away.

Throughout the next year, we would encounter Jessica on the street with her head shaved, selling gum. We pleaded with the authorities to rescue her, but her mother was so aggressive, they did not want to confront her. The school asked Child Protective Services to intervene, but they did nothing. Neighbors reported abuse to CPS and they did nothing. We persisted! We desperately tried to stay in contact with Jessica, but her mother threatened her with the warning that if she spoke to us, her mother would send someone to hurt our staff and it would be Jessica’s fault.

After one and a half years, Child Protective Services was overwhelmed  with complaints and they brought Jessica back to us! Two days later, Jessica’s mother became extremely aggressive and violent, leaving Child Protective Services with no choice but to put Jessica in another orphanage. That broke my heart because of Jessica’s special needs. I knew we could help her! I wanted Jessica with us. We fought for six months and finally we won the battle. Jessica is with us, she is safe and will not be returned to her mother. She has severe abandonment issues around being locked in a house for several weeks at a time while her mother traveled to other parts of Mexico. The abuse that Jessica had suffered was so severe, that all parental rights are being terminated and Jessica is now safe in Nana’s House. Our persistence and care for Jessica’s welfare has also resulted in the positive relationship we now have with Child Protective Services of Mexico (D.I.F.).

Mar 11, 2014

JESSICA WON MY HEART

Jessica was seven-years-old when she came to us.

She had spent most of her life living on the street with her gypsy mother, or locked in a hotel room caring for her younger siblings while her mother made money turning tricks. There were times when her mother would bring the men back to the hotel room and entertain them in front of her children.

Jessica has always been a sweet girl, but her rages were the worst we’ve ever experienced at Nana’s House. She was never violent; she just screamed—for hours on end! This caused all kinds of problems with the neighbors. They accused us torturing children, by selling and prostituting them. At first,  Jessica found solace only under her blanket. As she grew to trust us, she would accept a hug, as long as she was under the blanket and we were outside of  her private little world. We made tents with blankets, we gave her a huge plush gorilla that she could hug or hit; depending on her mood.

There was just something about this girl that tugged at my heart—and yes—I became very emotionally involved! We spent a year helping her deal with stress and right as she began to stabilize,  Child Protective Services intervened and returned her to her mother. Three weeks later, a Nana’s House staff worker, Erika, found Jessica downtown. Jessica’s mother informed Erika she could not handle her and  returned her to us.

Jessica stayed with us the whole school year and we sought professional help for her. Her rages intensified and we had to take her out of school. One day during an outing, she lapsed into hysterics. I had to lift her into the van as she kicked and screamed.  I was nervous that the police would think I was kidnapping a child! Once again, just as she began to trust us and calm down,  CPS suddenly decided to send her back to her mother, but this time we fought it—and lost! The authorities accused us of becoming too emotionally involved. Child Protective Services in Mexico didn’t seem to care. Jessica’s mother was furious with us, threatened us and became so aggressive, we had to call the police to take her away.

Throughout the next year, we would encounter Jessica on the street with her head shaved, selling gum. We pleaded with the authorities to rescue her, but her mother was so aggressive, they did not want to confront her. The school asked Child Protective Services to intervene, but they did nothing. Neighbors reported abuse to CPS and they did nothing. We persisted! We desperately tried to stay in contact with Jessica, but her mother threatened her with the warning that if she spoke to us, her mother would send someone to hurt our staff and it would be Jessica’s fault.

After one and a half years, Child Protective Services was overwhelmed  with complaints and they brought Jessica back to us! Two days later, Jessica’s mother became extremely aggressive and violent, leaving Child Protective Services with no choice but to put Jessica in another orphanage. That broke my heart because of Jessica’s special needs. I knew we could help her! I wanted Jessica with us. We fought for six months and finally we won the battle. Jessica is with us, she is safe and will not be returned to her mother. She has severe abandonment issues around being locked in a house for several weeks at a time while her mother traveled to other parts of Mexico. The abuse that Jessica had suffered was so severe, that all parental rights are being terminated and Jessica is now safe in Nana’s House. Our persistence and care for Jessica’s welfare has also resulted in the positive relationship we now have with Child Protective Services of Mexico (D.I.F.).

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I learned how to cuss in Spanish by hearing  8-year-old Mexican girls scream and cuss at me.  These girls come from extremely abusive home situations.

We opened the orphanage in 2009. I was sitting in Café De La Olla; a beautiful, rustic Mexican restaurant in downtown Puerta Vallarta, with my husband and Pastors Vince and Jodiann Schott.  Downtown Puerta Vallarta is an old cobblestone romantic spot that I love!  We were discussing the need in Tepic Nayarit for more orphanages. I had no idea that this conversation would change my life forever!

We were all in agreement, we would open up a home for ten girls. We would call it “Nana’s House”, a name that Jodiann had in her heart for many years. We would rescue needy little girls and life would be great.

We rented the house next door in Tepic and the adventure began! God was in the decision. He was with me, but nothing could have ever prepared me for what we were about to face. Obedience does not always come with a complete understanding of  the future. If it did, most of us would run from God’s voice and never obey!

We  wanted to bless these girls with a secure home, love and security, three meals a day, presents at Christmas and lovely birthdays. We wanted to offer them a home.  Pastor Jodiann flew in to help organize the house and add her touch of love.  We wanted to give but these girls had no idea how to receive.

All they knew in life was rejection, so they reacted the only way they knew how: they passionately rejected us!

It was Belen’s first Christmas with us  and she did not get everything that was on  her Christmas list. That Christmas eve night, she went into a violent rage. That was the night I learned how to cuss in Spanish.

Belen was raised by a mentally ill mother.  She had been beaten, starved and forced to eat cockroaches on occasion.  She had been sexually abused by several men including a brutal attack from a family member. All Belen knew about life was that adults were not trustworthy and she was unlovable.  She was angry!  When she screamed, “I hate you!” We would scream back at her that we love her. God instructed us to just sit with her and let her rage. At times we would sit with her for three to four hours at a time. Often it would get physical and she would spit, pull hair, bite and hit. We would still insist that we loved her and that God loved her. My worker/assistant/care provider Erika and I developed a whole system for how to handle Belen. It was always firm, but with great love and much patience.  After three two years her rages almost ceased. We saw a complete transformation. There was hope. God was working in the life of Belen.

What we were doing worked. Nana’s House was not only changing Belen’s life; it was transforming our lives! Other children came along who were equally as wounded as Belen. God showed us  how to love and work with each one. The stress is unbelievable at times, but the joy of seeing a young life transformed outweighs everything!

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Aug 14, 2012

60

Ya hemos cumplido los 60 días. No busques éxito por fuera, busca el éxito en tu corazón.

Este camino no salió exactamente como yo tenia planeado, pero salió como Dios quiso. Yo puedo hacer mi plan pero Dios guía mis pasos.

Dios ha sido fiel y me ha enseñado cosas hermosas en estos 60 días. El camino hacia el gozo es conocer a Cristo. El acercarte a El siempre trae paz y gozo. Sin Cristo no hay gozo.

Juan 17:3 Y esta es la vida eterna; que te conozcan a ti, en único Dios verdadero, y a Jesucristo, a quien tú has enviado

Lee su palabra y vas a encontrar la verdad y el amor de Dios.

Juan 8:3 Si se mantienen fieles a mis enseñanzas, serán realmente mis discípulos;

Entrega todo a Cristo.

Todavía te falta una cosa: vende todo lo que tienes y repártelo entre los pobres, y tendrás tesoro en el cielo. Luego ven y sígueme.

Deja que el Espíritu Santo entrar tu vida.

Romanos 15:13 Que el Dios de la esperanza los llene de toda alegria y paz a ustedes que creen en el, para que rebosen de esperanza por el poder del Espiritu Santo

El secreto del gozo es simplemente en dejar Dios tomar control de tu vida.Confía en El y no deja tus emociones guiarte en mentidas! Deja la palabra de Dios guiar te y satúrate en su presencia.

1 Juan 4:7-8 Queridos hermanos, amémonos los unos a los otros, porque el amor viene de Dios, y todo el que ama ha nacido de él y lo conoce. El que no ama no conoce a Dios, porque Dios es amor.

‘’El que no ama es incapaz de tener gozo ’’

El amor es el gran ingrediente para ser feliz. Amar requiere dar y ser vulnerable. A veces esto no es fácil, uno tiene que aguantar muchas fallas de muchas personas y seguir amándoles porque esto es amor.

Somos un cuerpo en Cristo. Parte de nuestro gozo depende del convivo con otros Cristianos.

Hebreos 10:24-26 Preocupémonos los unos por los otros, a fin de estimularnos al amor y a las buenas obras. No dejemos de congregarnos, como acostumbran hacerlo algunos, sino animémonos unos a otros, y con mayor razón ahora que vemos que aquel día se acerca.

Alabar y convivir con otros hermanos en Cristo es algo primordial para dar gloria a Dios y para tu felicidad.

Somos las manos, los ojos y la boca de Dios, y Dios quiere usar a otros para animarte y El quiere usarte para animar o otros.

Salmos 133:1 Cuán bueno y cuán agradable es que los hermanos convivan en armonía! Es como el buen aceite que, desde la cabeza, va descendiendo por la barba, por la barba de Aarón, hasta el borde de sus vestiduras. Es como el rocío de Hermón que va descendiendo sobre los montes de Sión. Donde se da esta armonía, el Señor concede bendición y vida eterna.

Aug 14, 2012
Aug 14, 2012

58

 Eclesiastés 8:15  Por tanto, celebro la alegría, pues no hay para el hombre nada mejor en esta vida que comer, beber y divertirse, pues sólo eso le queda de tanto afanarse en esta vida que Dios le ha dado.

Tengo varios hobbies que disfruto muchísimo!

Me tengo que enfocar en cosas como música, costura, buenos libros o fotografía para distraerme de las cosas que quieren ahogar la felicidad; crear cosas me da gozo.

Es importante disfrutar la vida y buscar algo que te gusta hacer para relajarte y ver otra perspectiva de la vida.

Dios nos ha dado un mundo hermoso. Tenemos que abrir nuestros ojos y disfrutarlo al máximo.

La depresión y el estrés quita todo la capacidad de disfrutar todo lo bueno que Dios nos ha dado. No dejes que los chismes, las noticas, las cosas difíciles de entender etc. quiten tu gozo. Hay mas bueno pasando en este mundo que malo. El problema es que nos hemos acostumbrado a escuchar todo lo negativo.

Levanta tu cabeza y mirra el arcoíris, los cerros hermosos y verdes decorando nuestra ciudad. Fíjate en la gente con sonrisas en su rostro y todo lo bueno que Dios te ha dado.

Prueben y vean que el Señor es bueno;
    *dichosos los que en él se refugian.

Aug 14, 2012

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Que pasa cuando las promesas que has recibido no salen exactamente como tu quieres? 

Todos tenemos deseos que no han sido realizados. 

Hace muchos años yo tenia un deseo en mi vida y este era tener un bebe. Desde niña mi sueño fue ser mama. Después de intentar sin resultados, mi esposo y yo fuimos con un Doctor y no recibimos buenas noticias, mi deseo no fue realizado.

Un día entre de muchas lagrimas y auto lastima mi esposo me dijo,  La esperanza que se demora es tormento del corazón; Pero árbol de vida es el deseo cumplido. 

Dios me hablo en este momento y me dijo, levanta tu cabeza y confía  en mi

Después de unos días de esta noticia un profeta nos dijo que mi esposo y yo seriamos padres a muchos hijos y que muchos iban  a decirnos, Mamá y Papá. Inmediatamente yo pensé que este el hombre estaba mal!

No mucho después de esta profecía mi sueño de ser mama fue realizado. Fue realizado en manera hermosa y ahora  soy mama de dos hijos hermosos y son todo lo yo que yo quiero. Mi sueño no fue realizado como yo imagine, fue por medio de adopción. Y ahora se que éste fue el plan de Dios para mi y para mis hijos. 

Durante años he tenido el privilegio de ayudar varios jóvenes, y ahora ellos me dicen mamá. También tengo una Casa Hogar y ellas me ven como mamá. El Profeta tenía toda la razón, muchos nos dicen Mamá y Papá y es hermoso. 

La esperanza que se demora es tormento del corazón…

Tus deseos a lo mejor no son malos y tus sueños van a ser realizados en Dios y en su tiempo. Nuestra esperanza es Cristo, pero cuando olvidamos esto nos causa una tormento en el Corazón. 

Sigue esperando, deléitate en Dios y el va a darte el deseo de tu corazón, en su tiempo. Lo más importante es que esperes en Dios y en su voluntad.