The Gift Of Spirit

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Luisa, at the Dream Home.

“But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:12-13

Each month, we’re celebrating the gifts that Jesus brings into our lives. The incredible gift of Spirit is so apparent in the lives of the amazing young women at our Dream Home in Colombia. One of these young women, Luisa, has taught us so much about the power of God’s love and His spirit within each of us.

Before living in the Dream Home, Luisa had spent her whole life in another city in the north of Colombia. She’s lived in various institutions for as long as she can remember and does not have a relationship with her biological parents. Upon moving into the Dream Home, she began her university degree program in Communication Studies.  Since arriving, she has built good relationships with peers in the home, gotten involved in a local church, and is now interviewing for a job with an advertising company during her first university summer break!

Luisa recently shared her testimony with us and we are so honored to share it with you!

Hello! My name is Luisa, since I can remember, Jesus has been the center of my life. I can lose myself, and he always finds me, makes me return to his throne of grace. I could say that God started blessing me the day that ICBF came to my home. My life is different. My directions and goals have changed, and now they are clear.

My life took a 180-degree turn when I arrived in the city of Bogotá at my home CASA SUEÑOS. It is a blessing to be here with so many girls and with so many different stories. I know that each and every one of us is a child of God and that every day He promises us all eternal love.

It is a blessing to find myself under a roof every morning when I wake up… to go down to the kitchen and find a breakfast at the table, and to hear “good morning” from the girls and our teachers. It is a blessing also to be in University making plans for my career. I am very happy there. The experience is also a great opportunity for me and for my resume. Since I’ve moved to Bogotá, Church has been a way out and a home for me. The Dream Home is a dream, as its name says. I now carry with me a lot of love, new opportunities, goals, and a sense of home … it’s a blessing to be there every day, knowing that I have help to fulfill my dreams and duties. My dream above all else has always been to have a home– a family– and one way or another, Casa Sueños is that.

Jesus enables me to climb that mountain that rises in front of me, Jesus enables me to love myself in the way he loves me, Jesus enables me to love that person who is difficult to understand, Jesus enables me to do good around me, Jesus enables me to think about the good of the world, my goals, those who help me and transform the word “impossible” into “possible”. I love Jesus for the peace that he gives me; from his hand I will always receive security. I’ve been learning not to worry about anything, realizing that the obstacles I encounter are not the end. I’ve been learning not to stay on the ground because struggle is only temporary.

My life is a blessing, and I want to say thank you to all the people in the United States who are praying for our home. The world is more beautiful with you in our lives. You are a gift from the Father. Thank you! I know that my life and the lives of the girls at the Dream Home have great purpose. We are here, because of the great love of Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross for us. He will always be enough!

God bless you. He loves you very much!

With love, Luisa