Categories: Puppet Ministry, Tito's Fan Club
My real good friend and co-worker at Amor Ministries, Yadira and I went with some people from Calvary Chapel San Diego to Reino de los Niños (Kid's Kingdom) in Ensenada, Mexico.
Directors Tomas and Marisela Shockey have been serving the Lord at the orphanage since 1989.
We enjoyed a time of fellowship with the kids. That it was hard to leave! Our group took the kids for Pizza at the nearby Costco. They can EAT! One skinny little girl ate 5 slices of peperroni pizza!!!!
This is Tomas with two of his "hijas".
Tomas and Marisela is "mom & dad" to about 35 children ranging from 2 years-old and up. Tomas shared with us the need to just love these children. Some of the children's stories are heart breaking. Some have emotional scars that need healing. And what better place than a christian environment!
I've known Tomas and Marisela for many years and I am always amazed at their fun loving dedication to the children of Ensenada.
Even the puppets had a time with the kids and they were a hit. Especially when Tito came out. One little boy about 3 or 4 years old named Ivan loved Tito so much that when Tito was packed up in the suitcase Iven saw Tito's hand hanging out took one of his fingers and told Tito, "Good Night Tito."
Tomas and I.
p>Tomas shared the story of this ten year old that is living at the Casa Hogar because his mother could not take care of them due to her drug addiction. In his desperation one day he left school and traveled by foot for about 15 miles with a heavy backpack on his back in search of a father he never knew. The local authorities were informed of the incident and everyone was looking for him. They found him at his mother's house. Tomas spoke to him and asked him if he wanted to come back to the Casa Hogar. The young boy said yes and mentioned that he was sadden to see that his mother was strung up on drugs. I was so happy to see him laughing and smiling after living thru so much hurt.
Yadi with Juanito.
Dennis with one of the young men at the Casa Hogar.
The little girl in pink next to Tomas is Lizbeth. She came to the Casa Hogar with her brothers and sisters. Her story is of neglect and abuse. Tomas mentioned that this little one has a place in her imagination where she goes when she wants to shut out the world. Still she was the one who prayed for us... Even in the middle of her healing she still believes in a God that loves her.
Here is Kelly with Lizbeth.
For almost 8 years I have been a volunteer at the Polinsky Children's Center which has brought me sheer joy.
This center meets the immediate needs of children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or abandonment. Many children come with so much fear and hurt in their little hearts that it's such a privileged to bring a smile to their face.
I bring the puppets every Sunday morning and share with them the Love of God.
Even if the time I spend with kids is short. I know that our message of hope brings them back to life.
Only God knows their pain. Only God can transform their sorrow to Joy!
One young man shared with me a little bit of what God has been doing in his life.
This young man is 17 years-old and was taken to the center because of poor choices that he had made in his life. Yet he was faithful to come to Sunday School and he asked very direct questions about God and Christianity. After three times seeing him go to Sunday School I had not seen him for awhile. Then one day he came and after we started the service he wanted to share.
He spoke about how that he was truly seeking a better way for his life and that he was not totally convinced about God, but that something happened to him that made him come just one step closer to God.
He told us that he was locked up in Juvenile Hall and that while there a chaplain came in to speak to the young men in the facility. It was on the same day that he was to present himself before a judge. The chaplain spoke to him in a way only he could understand. The chaplain explained that everything will fail, but God will never fail them. The chaplain invited them to make a decision today. The young man left the meeting and went back to his cell where he got on his knees and spoke frankly with God. He told God that he might be 100% a believer but that he was close to being so. Then he asked God to touch his life. At that moment he felt a touch on his shoulder. He opened his eyes and saw that no one was there. In his words he said that it "freaked him out", but he knew that it was God showing him that he was not alone.
God is looking at us and saying, "Who will go and be my hands and feet?"
Will you go?
Psalm 27:10 " My father and mother may desert me, but the Lord will accept me."
If you believe in prophesy or God speaking something into your life read on...
While on a mission trip to Lima, Peru I experienced something that confirmed my life's call.
While in Peru the church that I worked with hosted a Prophecy Service. A pastor from Oceanside, California came to the church to speak words of knowledge to several members of the church. Every heart in the building was in complete surrender to God's presence. In the midst of all this I was called forward. At first I thought it was mistake until a friend of mine walked toward me and took my hand to lead me to the front. I was trembling as I knelt at the altar and prayed, "God, help me." My heart nearly pounded right out of my chest! Nervous, I guess... Then the older gentleman placed his hand on my shoulder and spoke truth to me. The pastor said to me that God has called me to those who are forgotten by everyone, the bottom of the barrel, and the lost children of God's kingdom. Those who everyone turns their head from and go the other way. I will never forget the pastors words as he spoke as a father speaking to their child. He told me that God has equipped me to go to them and speak life to them. To tell all those who are forsaken that they are worth my time...they are worth God's time. That when I speak I would inspire hope in them. The truth of the matter is that I never expected to see how much that prophecy has come to pass. Now I work for an organization (Amor Ministries) that inspires hope in the lives of many Mexican families. God has entrusted me with a ministry to the hurting children of a child abuse center and foster care facility. Truly, I'm blessed to see that God can speak life to anyone who is willing to listen.
Diana is from an orphanage in Queretaro, Mexico. This beautiful girl was abandoned by her mother and was told that she should never return. I would just hold her at times and let her cry.
This little one stole my heart. She was also in the Queretaro orphanage with her 4 older and 1 younger brothers and sisters. When I was leaving she stretched out her hands for me to pick her up. I held her close and she tucked her head on my shoulder and whispered. "Take me with you."
This family is the one who hosted us in San Miguel de Allende. There we worked with Director Victor at the orphanage that he had there. I was nearly kidnapped by all the kids because they didn't want to see me leave.
Behind a banister I did a puppet show for the kids at the San Miguel de Allende orphanage.
My little girls. I was so sick that day and still these little ones could not stay away because they were so hungry for attention. I just wished I could adopt them all!
Not only do I work at a ministry I love (hint:Amor Ministries). I also am involved in my own puppet ministry at a child abuse center in San Diego. I've been taking my troop of puppets for about five years now and it's been wonderful since day one!
Well, something awesome happened this weekend. Saturday night I was mentally preparing what I would bring the children at the child abuse center (this center takes in children that have been abused or neglected and place them into foster care). I didn't have a clear picture of what to tell them. During family worship my mom prayed, "Lord, let these children find you as their Father and that you want them as your children." Well, the next day we arrived prayed and worshipped together with the kids at the center. What happened that was so amazing is that there were 45 teens!! Boys and girls who sat on chairs, mats, and on the gym floor participated happily with the puppets. Before that though I shared with them that my earthly father was nothing like my Heavenly Father. Being a child of an alcoholic father who never showed or said that he loved me until I was about 28 years-old I can relate to the kids at the center. Most of these kids might have never even met their fathers let alone have them say that they love them. I had a captive audience... God's presence was like a healing balm that covered every corner of the place where we were at. After the show almost all 50 Bibles that I brought with me to the center were GONE! I just can't get over God's ways!!!!
"Don't be ashamed to be as a child in your relationship to God. Let the everlasting arms rock you to sleep....He will take care of you day and night, forever." Norman Vincent Peale