Spending a day with some very special children

It’s one thing to lament how bad the world is. It’s another to actually do something about it.

Carey and April Alexander came back from a previous mission trip to Guatemala and wanted to do something about what they saw. Their hearts were broken that people created in the image of God were foraging through the local dump for whatever could help them survive. In fact, they were living there! And they were not hearing the Gospel so their next life would be infinitely worse.

They shared their burden with the folks at Westside Baptist Church last year and proposed that $35 / month could get a child a meal a day, a change of clothes, and into school … and out of the dump. It also enables a local church to have Gospel opportunities.

Today, many of those precious children were brought to Iglesia Evangelica Bautista, including the boy we are sponsoring, Milton. We were able to spend time with them (give them a reason to smile and laugh, tell them a Bible story, give them a new Bible and a meal, and sing some songs.

Here is the church facility where we are staying. I took this video before the children arrived.

Sean also enjoyed playing some futbol (soccer) with some of the church’s youth before the children arrived.

When Milton stepped off the bus, I immediately recognized him. I asked if I could take a picture with him as he was playing on the playground and he said ‘si.’

Even though it would have made me as sick as a dog, these boys loved it as I twirled them around on the tire swing.

It was pretty heartwarming when I looked around and saw Sean chilling with Milton as they both were sipping on some water.

Here are a few pictures of some of our group with the children.

What was impressive is the spirit that Milton has. He’s a little gladiator. Here’s a video of him playing futbol (he’s the short child in the middle of the pack wearing a dark gray shirt).

Then we gathered for some pizza, songs, a Bible story, and a craft.

Carley Alexander told the story about Zacchaeus. Sean (probably the tallest guy here) played the short guy who got saved.

Then Bibles were handed out and the cards, with personal notes, that Westside folks had sent were given out as well.

Afterward, we gathered outside to have some piñata time.

But, before we got started, Sean told Milton that he didn’t get a letter from us because we came in person. Manny, sitting to Sean’s right, was the translator. Sean gave Milton a hug and he smiled.

A lot of guys and gals stepped up to have their chance at busting the piñata but I’ll let the video of Milton speak for itself.

Now, we know the general rules for how you are to play the game of busting piñatas. Every Guatemalan knows those rules. But, we’re Americans so we play the game a little differently (and everyone loved it!).

The day wouldn’t be complete without a final picture with Milton. Sean gave him a big hug as he hopped on the bus with the other children and took off.

I can only hope that even more Westside folks will buy into the vision of getting children out of the Guatemalan dump, get them an education, provide them with the Gospel, and then come on trips to meet the children whose lives they are changing.

This has been a wonderful day!

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I have an incredible wife that God gave to me on May 10, 1997. Since then, the Lord has blessed us with three wonderful boys. I am also the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Polk City, Florida.

4 thoughts on “Spending a day with some very special children

  1. Matt, loved the photos and videos of these special children! Brought tears of joy to my eyes! So glad that God has given Westside the opportunity to make a difference in these children’s lives – both now and in eternity.

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