Thursday, March 04, 2010

Please be Praying - Warning this is a little graphic

Hey Guys,
Again, Im sorry I keep disappearing.  I wanted to give you a little update on whats going on in my life and why I havent been blogging as much as I should. 
Last weekend Mike and Jason from Park Plaza were here from Park Plaza and I had a great time running around with them, we even made a quck daytrip down to Amapala (the beach) to check it out for their team.  On Sunday Mackenzies dad, Ed and another guy, John, came down from Indianapolis for the week.  So they have been tagging along and we have been trying to show them the ropes of everything we do here.
Having visitors is just part of the job here in Honduras and no excuse for no blogging but, on top of that one of my kids from the homeless ministry was stabbed really badly on Monday and has been in the hospital since.
Julio Cesar is 16 years old and has been in and out of group homes and on the streets since he was eight.  Before 8 he lived off and on with his dad who is a drug trafficker, his senile grandparents, and his aunt, who didnt really want to be bothered with him.  His grandparents have since passed away and his dad has disappeared.  When the hospital called his aunt she told them he was an orphan and hung up the phone.  This kid has had a rough life and done some terrible things, but right now he is just scared to death. 
At one point in his life he was involved in some pretty heavy gang activity, and he believes the stabbing was backlash from that.  He and another kid were riding the bus when a man walked up to him and stabbed him just below his elbow on the underside of his arm, severing an artery in his arm.  He also stabbed him less severely in 3 or 4 other places on his arms.  On Monday night, when I got to the hospital, they werent sure he was going to live because he had lost so much blood.   Once they were sure he would survive they werent sure they could save his arm.  So Monday and Tuesday were really rough emotional days for him but last night he was doing much better.  The swelling from the blood loss has gone down and it looks like hes going to get to keep his arm.  He is probably going to have to do a lot of physical therapy to regain usage of his arm but he should eventually be fine.  Ive spent a lot of time with him over the past three days, more than anything just reasurring him he is not alone and that this is an opportunity to turn his life around.  He has such a sweet heart and has always been a favorite of Darwin and I.  Please pray that Julio allows God to intervene in his life and turn it around.  And also please pray for wisdom as we decide the best way to help him once he leaves the hospital.  I will keep you guys posted on his progress and I thank you so much for taking the time to pray for us.

1 comment:

beckyc said...

Your time spent at the bedside of this young fella is much more important than had you been typing a blog on your computer. You've chosen the better thing. Blessings to you.