Friday, September 4, 2009

La Familia Vargas

Meet the new Directors of Casa Bernabe!

Don Jorge, Yamilett and their family has taken over daily operations at Casa Bernabe. Previously Yamilett was the director of Verbo school, and while she will continue to teach math until the end of the school year (November) she is no longer the director of the school. Jorge works at the newspaper, and I'm not sure exactly what the plan is there, but I trust that it will be in the best interest of the Orfa.

The boys are terrified of Jorge. He is a very disciplined man, he fought in the Nicaraguan war for five years. He loves the Lord with all his heart, but the boys have only seen the disciplinarian side of him. Well, they had only seen that side. While I was staying in the Posada, Jorge came and spoke with the boys and was so respectful, honest, open and really very pleasant to be around. I have great hope for the future of Casa Bernabe, and great hope for the new directors as well.

The few days after they took over, Jorge made himself a regular presence in the Posada. Just coming by to say hi, see how things are going, and bring newspapers. He was really stepping out and trying to reach the boys where they are at. It was very encouraging! Hopefully the boys will continue to grow in their trust of Jorge, and things will continue to get better at the Orfa.

So, if you think of it, please pray for Jorge, Yamilett and their family. Also pray for the boys in the Posada, that they may be able to see the good side of don Jorge, and not be overwhelmed by his disciplinarian personality type. One thing I've observed is that a lot of these kids shut down at any sort of conflict, so they really need someone to earn their trust before there is any sort of chastisement.