The Special Needs Center at San Martin is a difficult place. There are well over 100 residents, and most of them are mentally handicapped. A few are children, but it's mostly adults that live at this center. There are some (probably about half) that never get to leave the little cabins that they live in, because either are not abhle, or they would cause themselves or others harm. Some have to be restrained to their chairs to keep them from hurting themselves. When you tour those areas, it is a very emotional experience. It's hard to understand why some people have to live with the constant torture that their minds have them in. Sometimes you pray over them, sometimes I have sang to them sometimes all you can do is cry, and know that God understands every tear.
Please pray for peace for these people who have such a hard time. The staff at this facility are no doubt overworked and underpaid, because the government could never pay them what it is worth to do what they do, so please keep them in your prayers as well. San Martin is not all sad. . . .
We have built relationships with these peole. Some of them remember us and our names, or nicknames. They remember what we did with them the last time that we were there. I just can't wait to meet up with these friends some day in Heaven. I think they will be the ones with the most there! What an honor it will be to be their friends!
|He's showing her the miricle God provided him!|
|They love a great manicure!|
We try to explain what it is like on our mission trips, but you can not put it into words. The pain and the joy come in waves and sometimes even overlap. You really just have to experience it for yourself to understand! It is like precious gold, and that's why people keep coming back!
We may not be able to save all the needy children in this world, but God didn't ask us to. He did say "visit", in James 1:27
27Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.