I’ve been following these guys a bit… great team. Praying for them, and for you and Karen as you coach them.
On being homesick for an unseen home
arrived on Ometepe Island in Nicaragua, and made our home at CICRIN
At CICRIN about 30 children and young adults live, most are
not orphans at all, but children removed from homes where they where
abused and neglected.
As we stepped into the lives and homes of the
children here, many of us were overcome with a homesickness we could
not explain. At first we attributed it to the downtime, the
transition, the endless days of rice and beans, but none of that could
explain away the longings of our true hearts.
me: these children are homesick too. Homesick for a place they don´t
remember, a place that never existed, but a place that is very real in
By making me homesick, God could show me something about
these children that they could never express to me through their youth
and the language barrier, but it is something very real and heart
Each of the kids at CICRIN longs to be loved without limit,
to be lavished upon with praise, and until coming to live here, this
was something they never experienced.
Each of them wants so badly to
have a home that is permanent and steady, but they started their young
lives in places that where more broken and painful than any child
should ever experience.
Sometimes that looks like doing laundry or dishes. Sometimes it is
changing little clothes and tucking kids in at night. Mostly it has
looked like hugs and smiles and spinning little girls around so they
know that they are beautiful.
It has looked like sitting in a hammock,
having a broken English/Spanish conversation just to make sure this or
that child knows they matter and that we care. God loves really well,
and if we can rub even a little of that off onto these beautiful
children, then it will be a month well done. Loving well starts from
being well loved.
and abusive father. Her father hit her mother.
She showed me a scar on
her arm where he nicked her with his machete. Ellsa and her sister
Maria Loiussa (16) came to Cicrin when their mother could no longer
take them to work. Ellsa was ten.
then make her eat her vomit.
This might explain why she puts
everything in her mouth and eats each meal as if it were her last.
of 16. The eldest, Oswaldo (24) has been at Cicrin since he was 4.
The Tias’ dedication to the children is inspiring.
It is truly a gift to be here.
“…these children are homesick too. Homesick for a place they don´t remember, a place that never existed, but a place that is very real in every child´s soul. ”
Wow! I work with women coming out of prison and/or rehab. This is the most achingly precise expression of thier life experience. Now that I think more, it probably describes the burden of many of us with ‘unfinished’ childhood business. It’s an awesome insight. Thanks for sharing this.