Encouragement from a Judge and Finding the Lost
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'FOR I KNOW KNOW THE PLANS I HAVE FOR YOU...'

Jeremiah 29:11 is one of our family favorite scripture verses. It says, “For I know the plans that I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” It’s certainly one thing to put our trust into verses like this, but it’s another thing to see the promise come true. We recently received words of encouragement from 3 different judges, who are assigned to girls at our project. All 3 judges basically said the same thing, which summarily was that the changes our kids go through, once at the project, are amazing. They said it was evident that our kids are happier, healthier, and more at peace after spending time at our project. This was more affirmation that we are where God has called us to be.

Luke 15: 4 says "What man among you, if he has a hundred sheep and has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?” This scripture is encouraging in many ways. It reveals the desire that God has for all of us, even for those that are lost or hidden. It also applies to two sibling sets here at the project. One year ago a court order was issued to find the siblings of three sisters who reside at the orphanage. A total of 6 siblings have been searched for during that time. Recently, 2 of those siblings were found and reunited with their sisters here at Shadow. We have been told that the others will be coming soon. Six years ago two different sisters were placed with us. We recently learned that 4 of their siblings have been found and are in the process of being placed with us too. We are praising God that He has not forgot about these kids, but instead has been seeking to place them with us and to reunite these precious families.

Approximately one year ago, the construction of our first boys home was completed. Unfortunately, we are still waiting on the monthly funds to open and sustain the home. In the mean time, the project has been receiving boys with the anticipation of opening the home for them soon. After much prayer we decided it was a priority to house our boys together, rather than continuing to let them reside in our girls homes. As an answer to prayer, one set of our house parents agreed to open up their home to all of our boys (12 total). It was a difficult decision for them, because the girls who were living with them had to switch homes. The girls were very understanding and knew this decision was from the Lord. We now have all of our young men under one roof and we are very excited to see what God is going to do in this home. The house parents of this home have asked that once we have the funds to open the new boys home that they could remain where they are and have their girls back. Please join us in prayer that we can make that happen sooner, rather than later.

We are pleased to announce 3 additions to the Applegate family. We gained another daughter in May, as Mollie Killion joined our family for the summer. Mollie is a former student of Bryon’s, that is interning at the project. She is a nursing student with a heart for Latin America missions, and has become a great addition to the project family and to the Applegate family. The other two additions are of the feline variety and are fulfilling the desires of our daughters for something cute and cuddly to snuggle with. Meanwhile, the only man of the house prefers snuggling the only mom in the house. He is not a fan of cats.

1Corinthians 14:10 says that, “There are, perhaps, a great many kinds of languages in the world, and no kind is without meaning.” Even though we know there is truth in this verse, at times it certainly doesn’t seem like there is any meaning to the Spanish language. Though we are all learning at our own pace, for some of us an understanding of the Spanish language is coming very slowly. I’m not sure what we expected, but we definitely expected to know more by now. Therefore, we sacrificed a week of work and family time to attend a language school in Antigua. It was very intensive, but well worth the time and energy.

We love you all and thank you for your prayers and support!

Bryon, Tiffany, Jaqueline, Sierra, and Aramie

P.S. - Please consider joining our support team by praying, giving, and/or sharing what God's doing in Guatemala. 

KID UPDATE

Sierra received her ACT scores and we are very proud with how she did - especially for a young lady of 15 years (now 16 - Happy birthday Sierra!).  Her composite score was 29, while earning a perfect 36 in reading.  She prepared very well for the test and it showed.  She continues to excel in her classes and works very hard towards her future.  We are constantly amazed at how self-disciplined she is when it comes to her schooling.

Aramie couldn’t be more thrilled with having a kitten. Our little animal lover can’t keep her hands of the kittens, which tends to make her sister crazy. She still enjoys feeding scraps to the street dogs and dies a little inside each time they come begging. We celebrated her 7th birthday with the usual customs and fanfare. She received her very own guitar and now is not tempted to touch her sister’s guitar (which yes, makes Sierra crazy too).

Jaqui officially has a boyfriend.  After waiting patiently for 10 months, we gave her permission to begin dating.  The young man (also named Bryan) met all the requirements that we insisted on and worked very hard to earn our trust.  Though Papa Bryon doesn’t think anyone is worthy of dating his daughters, he relented to the inevitable.  The benefit of living in a conservative culture is we (as parents) get to call the shots and monitor how much time they will spend together and in what conditions it will take place.  If it were up to Papa it would only be on holidays and in church.




PRAYER REQUESTS

1. That God goes ahead of us on our trip back to the States this summer - keeping us safe and opening doors.

2. Provision for caring for the precious children at the Project. We are often pulling from our monthly budget to cover costs of food and/or medicine.

3. A missionary teacher that feels called to help with home schooling.

4. Wisdom for leading James Project of Latin America.

PRAISE REPORTS

1. We received a large donation from Colgate of toothpaste, toothbrushes, and cleaning products.

2.  An eye doctor from the city came and blessed the project this month with free eye exams and glasses for all children, as well as a surgery for one of our children with severe cataracts.

3. Aramie finished home school and is ready for summer break. She's learned a lot this year and is always excited to explore and learn more.

4. Sierra and Aramie both celebrated birthdays. We enjoy watching them both grow and learn and feel so blessed to be their parents.

WHAT'S NEW


Dr. Estrada came from the city to love on our kids and bless the project with the gift of site. Thank you!



Our preschool keeps growing and our kids are loving it. They are learning letters, numbers, English, and so much more!


We hosted Ana Andrea for a weekend and it was so much fun. We hope to have each of the girls from Casa Magdalena spend a weekend with us so we can show them more of this big, beautiful world.

We are expanding our sustainability projects - including our chicken house, crops, and coming soon - aquaponics!