It was “home” for many years, but the property is adjacent to the new, “under construction” Campinas airport … and we had an opportunity to sell it at a great price. Even so, I’ll admit that I traveled to Brazil last week with a slight sadness just knowing there would be no more fun times at the Girls’ Ranch.
So where are the girls now? Well … They’re ten minutes away at the City of Youth — the location of Hope Unlimited’s educational facilities and home to our boys. Except … because the girls needed temporary housing, the children are attending public school for awhile … and the girls moved into the classrooms. Did you follow that?
In typical little girl fashion, they excitedly lined up outside of their homes and invited us to come see. I thought you might like to see some of their rooms, too. The girls (and their fantastic housemothers!) had such great attitudes and didn’t seem to mind the inconveniences. They’re very patient.
So what are they waiting on? Well, in typical God fashion, the sale of the Girls’ Ranch included some totally unexpected blessings: a work crew to build a new facility at the City of Youth for the girls AND to disassemble and move anything we wanted to keep, including the swimming pool and palm trees! Who’s smiling now?
Our creative staff decided to replicate the floorplan of the Girls’ Ranch houses … but to make the new facility multi-level. Each “house” has this (or a mirror image of this) floorplan and will house 16 girls plus their houseparent.
I had a blast walking through the space and seeing all the wonderful “new” that the children and staff will be getting … but I was totally unprepared for the biggest surprise of all: The staff had worked hard to prepare a “model home” where we would eat lunch!
I loved hearing how they stretched their funds, even finding someone to build solid wood chairs that will survive the “wiggle butts” of little girls!
The spirit of the staff as they shared the space with us was just beautiful … and the delicious meal they served was a treat!
|Notice the creative way they found extra counter space?|
But this table has heart — a really big heart — and it must … because those who will sit around it desperately need all of the acceptance and embrace, the love and security, the stability and hope that it can offer. I am blessed to pray for them and to claim this promise on their behalf …