Thursday, October 13, 2011

Vanessa Update

I have to admit that for the last 10+ days or so Vanessa has been heavy, heavy on my heart.  She is always heavy on my heart but with the recent changes in the mom's work situation, leaving her alone with her brothers and sister, concern for her safety, etc., I have felt an overwhelming need to do something but had no idea what that was.  All I can do is pray and wait on God to do a small miracle for this child.  Gina and I have talked alot about how to best help this bright, young girl but we don't want to do anything that would enable to mom to continue to neglect her family - helping people can be complicated!!

Recent pic taken by Mark
There has been a hurricane out in the Pacific and it has literally been raining for the last 3 days and we are all ready for it to stop and the sun to come out again.  But today God gave us a little sunshine in our hearts when we went to visit Vanessa.  We walked in to find her grandmother, who's name just happens to be Grace - so cool because we have been praying for God's grace and mercy to be poured out in this situation, cooking for Vanessa and the kids.  Turns out, she moved in to take care of them while the mom is away.  I can't tell you how happy Gina and I are!!  This precious girl and her siblings have a grandma in the house day and night who cooks for them and looks after them.  She said she will be living with them indefinitely and it would be fine if Vanessa and Esau went to school in January.  Many prayers have been answered!  Thank you all who have prayed for Vanessa.  Please keep her in your prayers!