January

Unfortunately, some girls had to leave the TF Home because of their bad choices. They were removed from the Home not only because of their serious actions but also for the affect they could have on the other girls… it’s always a balancing act of wanting to help troubled girls without allowing them to have a negative impact on the others. They’re all dealing with some sort of trauma in their lives and the last thing they need is to have their Safe Zone add to their negative experiences. Torre Fuerte is a place of hope, love, safety, and renewal. That is always at the forefront.

Pastor Dario and his family were on vacation for the month of January leaving Scott to fill in. He had to make some difficult decisions while he was in charge but with the help of staff members and the Holy Spirit, he did a great job!

God continues to be in control and we can always trust Him to lead and guide us! Thank you for your support (prayer & financial) of the Home, these girls,  and our family!

 

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Silver Linings

In November we did miles of walking for three days in a row. Well, that was a bad decision for me because I’ve been in severe pain ever since. Walking the quarter of a mile to the bus stop has become impossible so I haven’t been going to the Home. I can barely make it to the main road for transportation to my doctor appointments. This pain started back in May and then after months of resting it seemed to go away. But, now it’s back. I have been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and two other inflammatory conditions. I have finally been prescribed some medication that will hopefully give some relief soon. In the meantime, I just had to share some of the December events with all of you.

Early in December, we had 6 girls participate in a group quinceñero party (Cielo, Hermalinda, Miluska, Margarita, Stefani, & Jessica). We did it a little different this year to save money and to change the focus to a more Christian theme. We took the six girls to a nice restaurant where they were each presented with a Thompson Chain Reference Bible and a silver cross necklace. We walked to the Plaza de Armas after the meal to see the Christmas decorations. They were all thrilled (especially with the Bibles)!

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Scott has been faithfully going to TF every day and has said how much the girls miss me and I miss them, too. I must admit that I started to wonder why I’m even here in Peru if I 20181201_113646can’t be active at the Home (or anywhere else for that matter) but then I slowly came to the realization that even though it’s been a painful process and a financial hardship (especially near Christmas), the Lord is still watching over us.

We had hoped to move into a different apartment but the startup fees were just too much for us and we were feeling a little discouraged. But, after we decided against moving, we were faced with a bunch of expensive medical tests. The silver lining is that if we had moved, we never could have afforded all the tests that I’ve had lately (doctors, specialists, MRI, extensive blood analysis, electromyography, and x-rays).  So, in a way, it’s been a blessing that this all came to pass as it did. We could have easily gotten  ourselves over extended but the Lord gave us an uneasiness about moving. Even though it’s never fun to be in the midst of the dark clouds, there’s always a silver lining if you choose to look for it.

All of these girls at Torre Fuerte are separated from their families and during the holidays it’s even more difficult for them… BUT, thanks to my daughter in law, Karla, I was able to keep up the tradition of making cutout sugar cookies for them to decorate. I couldn’t have done it without her! This gave the girls a silver lining to their cloudy situation.  This was the 8th year of Christmas cookie decorating and part of the tradition includes a competition for the best decorated cookies. The older girls used boxes to keep the others from seeing their designs. We had two winners from each age group with beautiful cookies and everyone had lots of fun!

The girls also had visits from several groups in the city to help brighten their spirits.

Merry Christmas and thanks again for your continued support of these wonderful girls!

We look forward to visits from some of you in 2019!!!

 

Thankful…

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When was the last time you ever saw your kids this excited to get new toothbrushes and toothpaste? Aren’t they just so adorable!!

Beautiful!

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Gabriela (Gaby) is studying cosmetology and loving every minute of it! Thank you to those of you who are giving toward the higher education of these girls ❤

So Proud!

We were recently invited to the opening ceremonies for the “crowning” of the first-year engineering students. After we arrived, we were told that Scott would actually be participating in the ceremony! He was glad to find out that he didn’t need to say anything – his role was to “crown” Nedelka with her hard hat.

Nedelka is one of the 12 girls now studying in some type of higher education! We’re SO excited to have this new ministry to help these girls attain professional careers!!!

Also, we recently took Ruthie shopping for a professional outfit. She needed to make a presentation in front of her class and professional attire was required.

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We’re so proud to see these girls that we’ve known for many years striving to reach their goals! Thanks again to all who are supporting our new ministry for higher education!

Teaching is a Passion

I think Scott is the only adult here at TF that can help the girls with algebra homework… even if the girls don’t have a clue how to do it, he finds a way to explain the process so they can grasp it. 20181011_113350

He’s also been teaching English classes in the new building.

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Lovin’ These Baby Girls!

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Mama Martina with Eva and then with Eva & Ivana.  Mama and babies are doing well. She has lots of help here with so many females! Although, I must say that Poppy Dario & Daddy Scott enjoy them lots, too…

 

Birthday Celebrations!

Our grandson, Ethan turned 1 year old! He gobbled that cake right up 🙂

We were invited to the home of three sisters – who have been reunited with their mother – to celebrate Maria’s 15th birthday! We were truly honored to be there.

Yesterday, we celebrated birthdays for P. Indira, Evelyn, & Tracy. Lots of fun!

SO Precious!

It’s been so rewarding to serve at Torre Fuerte and now it’s even sweeter with these two precious baby girls, Eva and Ivana! me and twins2 (2)

Homeward Bound!

We’re excited to be heading back home to Peru. We will have lots of photos to share once we get settled. Please keep us in your prayers! 32089959_10156344106366100_6685746590616911872_n

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