Give me your hand

Sarai with Juan in her way to her home

At La Casa, we value family time during the Christmas season. Many of our children go home to various family members for the holidays. When this is not possible, our staff invites children into their homes to share this special time with their families. This year, Sarai, invited Juan to spend the time in her home with her family. Juan is a very active and strong-willed child. Sarai knew it could be a difficult time because Juan also has difficulty following directions and communicating due to his language delays. However, she has grown to love him over the years and knows his special way of winning over everyone’s heart.

Juan with Sarai´s father walking the dogs.

Sarai shared, “I thought it would be difficult to be Juan’s “Mom” for these days. In the beginning, it was hard for Juan to listen to me; but surprisingly, he quickly adapted and was obedient. We enjoyed a close relationship and special time with my family.” Sarai said that Juan shared in family times such as walking the dog and sitting around talking. He fit right in! Loving guidance developed trust, and he felt a part of the family.

Juan with Sarai´s family

Sarai said she learned so much about motherhood as she took Juan’s hand and led him around. This captured my attention. It was really about TRUSTING her. Isn’t it the same with our relationship with God? When we learn how to trust Him, our walk through life becomes a beautiful experience. God, as our father, has the hard part. He deals with our distrust and insecurity. When we give God the control of our lives, He instills in us a sense of security. We just need to take His hand and follow in obedience.

Juan really missed Sarai his first night back at La Casa. His Tio called Sarai to tell her how sad Juan was feeling and that he really wanted to be with her. This broke Sarai’s heart, and she wanted to go get him immediately and take him back to her home. Sarai explained to Juan the next day that she would be taking him back to her home for New Year’s. Juan will be spending this weekend with Sarai and her family. He is excited to go, and her family is anxious to have him with them.

The LORD says, I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. (Psalm 32:8 NLT).

By Diana de Rodríguez, Director of Communications

Edited by Sharon Powell

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Dame tu mano

Sarai con Juan saliendo de La Casa de mi Padre

Durante la temporada de Navidad en La Casa valoramos el tiempo en familia. Varios de nuestros chicos pasan la navidad con sus familiares. Cuando esto no es posible, nuestro equipo de trabajo invita a los niños a sus hogares. Este año, Saraí invitó a Juan a su casa para compartir con su familia. Juan es un niño muy activo e inquieto. Saraí sabía que este podría ser un tiempo dífícil porque a Juan le cuesta seguir indicaciones y comunicarse debido a su problema de retraso y lenguaje. Sin embargo, Saraí a llegado a amar a Juan a través de los años y conoce la forma especial que él tiene para ganarse el corazón de todos.

Juan muy feliz con su regalo de Navidad

Saraí nos comparte: “ Pensé que sería difícil ser la mamá de Juan en estos días. Al principio a Juan le costó escucharme, pero sorprendentemente él se adapto rápido y fue obediente. Disfrutamos de una relación muy cercana y un tiempo especial con mi familia” Saraí nos cuenta que Juan interactuó con su familia de tal forma que sacó a pasear los perros y conversaba naturalmente. ¡Él encajó muy bien! El amor y la guianza recibida desarrolló la confianza en él, y se sintió como parte de la familia.

Saraí dice que mientras tomaba la mano de Juan para guiarlo aprendió mucho acerca de la maternidad. Esto capta mi atención, pues se trataba en realidad de CONFIAR. Creo que nos pasa lo mismo en nuestra relación con Dios. Cuando nosotros aprendemos a confiar en Él, nuestro camino a través de la vida se convierte en una hermosa experiencia. Dios, como nuestro padre, tiene la parte más dífícil, Él trata con nuestra desconfianza e inseguridad. Al darle a Dios el control de nuestras vidas, Él infunde en nosotros un sentido de seguridad. Nosotros solamente tenemos que tomar su mano y seguirlo en obediencia.

Juan divirtiéndose en el parque

Juan realmente extrañó a Saraí el primer día que regresó a La Casa. Uno de los Tíos que cuida de Juan en la Fundación llamó a Saraí para decirle que Juan se sentía triste y que él quería estar con ella. Esto quebró el corazón de Saraí y ella quería correr para llevarselo de nuevo a su casa. Al siguiente día ella le explicó a Juan que celebraría el Año Nuevo con ella. Juan estará celebrando este fin de semana con Saraí y su familia. Él está muy emocionado de ir y su familia está ansiosa por tenerlo con ellos.

“El Señor dice: 
   «Yo te instruiré, yo te mostraré el camino que debes seguir;  yo te daré consejos y velaré por ti.” Salmos 32: (NVI)

Por Diana de Rodríguez, Directora de Comunicaciones

Editado por Sharon Powell

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2 thoughts on “Give me your hand

  1. This story has blessed the ending of this year for my family. This was such a wonderful and true article. Juan & La Casa have been household names for years in our home. Many prayers have been spoken & many a tear shed. I am so happy Juan is doing well & God is in charge.

  2. What a beautiful story! Juan is such a special little boy in his own way and how exciting that he got to be a part of Sarai’s family and that they now have this special bond between them. And how true the comparison with our heavenly Father in walking with trust. Praying for our La Casa family and the extended family members…such as Sarai’s family…and that 2012 will prove to be a wonderful year for all of us. Thank you for such a heart warming story!!! Hugs and prayers for all…

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