We said goodbye to some of our volunteers last Saturday morning. Three youth from our church in Gypsum, Colorado left after spending 3 weeks of their Christmas vacation serving the kids of Hogar de Esperanza. Then, our new friend, Elizabeth, left after spending a month and Christmas with us.
Tears poured out of my eyes as I said goodbye to my youth on Saturday morning. I wasn't expecting to be so emotional, but I was overwhelmed with love for all of them and a sadness realizing how much we have missed them. When Joel checked their rooms, he found the Christmas stockings we all made together and tears filled his eyes. We are so blessed to have been a part of their lives and, in turn, have them come and share in the ministry, here. We will miss all the excitement, hugs, familiarity, jokes and joy that we had while they were here.
Saying goodbye to Elizabeth was hard, as well. She spent a little over a month here and had such a beautiful spirit. It was her first time serving in this way and she was always willing to help out however we needed. She also became a good friend and I enjoyed so many of our conversations talking about where her next step may be.