'Dear God....'

I have now said farewell to my little group of young people who were attending the parenting course at the drop-in centre. I am so thankful for all that God is doing in the lives of those who attended and who will continue to attend. More than anything else, the young people began to see God as their true Father and began to have a different image of a 'father' to what they had before. They began to see themselves through different eyes - through God's eyes, and not through the eyes of those who have, and still do judge them. They began to understand what God's grace means, that they could be forgiven and receive his gift of a 'Never Stopping, Never Giving Up, Unbreaking, Always and Forever Love.' (in the words of 'the Jesus Storybook Bible'). 

I am so thankful that God gave me the opportunity to touch these young people's lives, and to have my life touched by them too. I am also so thankful for Katherine who has led the group with me and who has been an amazing support and encouragement. I have now handed over the group to her and Carmen to continue to be God's instruments to bring words of life and hope to the young people that attend. Please pray for them. 

A couple of weeks ago I asked the young people to write God an honest letter to tell him how they were feeling at that moment. Several of them wrote letters, but I thought I would include a few so that you can pray for what they are going through, but also to be encouraged at how they are seeking God in their situations. (I haven't included names to protect their privacy):

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For God, our Father, 

Hi God, I hope that with this letter I can ask you to help me control my anger, my sadness, my loneliness, and help my family and my sister, my father, even though I don't have them now, you know where they are, I know that you can see them and that you can help them to keep going. But I ask you for the family that I am making (he and his partner were expecting a baby together, but unfortunately they have now split up) and pray that you give me strength to keep going. But you know that the person that I wanted to be and that I wanted to become, is not what I am now, but you know that I never went backwards, only tried to go forwards. I give you thanks that you have given me the opportunity to make a family, I pray that you won't leave me and that I can keep going forwards. 

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For: My Father Jesus Christ, 

My dear Father, I recognise that I have behaved badly and that I have sinned. You know everything, you know what has happened, what life I have led, I feel really bad, and I honestly don't know how to cope with my feelings and I ask you that you give me a blessing so that I can be a different person in this life. Please help me as well with the partner that I have now and with the child that is on the way. I know that I have behaved badly and I don't treat her nicely, but I know that you will guide me. 

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Lord, before anything else I come before you with a the motive to thank you for the opportunities that day after day you give me. I want to offer you my heart - that you would heal it, so that I can please you. And I ask you that you would really be my light and my path. Please help me not to continue in my sin and to live in wisdom in order to give my daughter a good example.  

 

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Thank you God for those that have taught us your word. Thank you God that my family is now united, thank you for my life, thank you for rescuing me from the drugs, thank you because I know that you are going to change Blanca (his partner) - change her mind and heart. 

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These young people still have a lot to learn! But they have also come so far! The beautiful thing is that they are so hungry to know God and come to Him in all their 'rawness' and brokenness and are so thankful to God for all that He gives to them (even if in the world's eyes it seems like they have nothing). Please continue to pray for Katherine, Carmen and the group. 

We also had a special little farewell party with everyone at the drop-in centre last week. We will tell you more about that next time! 


Family outing with a difference

Between now and the 31st May (when we are leaving Mexico to return to the the UK) we are focussing on what we need to do here to finish well. One of the things that Nisha and Anya said they would like to do before we leave was to visit the streets with us to see where the street people actually live. We too felt this was a really important experience for the girls to have in order to understand a bit more about why Steve and I felt called by God to come to Mexico in the first place and why MEFI came in to existence. We felt God would use this experience to open their eyes to how other children/young people live and give them a greater passion to pray for them and to share with others about the work MEFI does here. 

So we arranged to go to visit one of the groups during the Easter holidays. We gave the girls an orientation session, which included praying on the 'armour of God',  and then we set out with Alex and Paty to visit the group at Indios Verdes (which was actually one of the very first groups I visited with Fidel way back in 1998! In fact some of the 'kids' I met then were sadly still there, and although they were really excited to see me, Steve and the kids, it broke my heart to see them in the same place, only now older, more rugged and looking tired and worn out from the life they have lived. One of the boys whom I knew from 18 years ago was Marcos. He was only about 10 years old then, and he lived on the street with his brother Oscar. His eyes revealed the deep sadness that he still carries in his heart after his brother was killed on the streets about 3 years ago. 

However, it did encourage me that some of the guys have now broken free of the drugs, and most of them were working - washing windscreens at the traffic lights. God also enabled us to see José Luis again with his two adopted kids Samantha and Adan. We had met up with Jose Luis and his partner Sandra each week to do some marriage preparation with them. Sandra had two children from another partner, and had lived on the streets most of her life. In fact I met her with her baby Samantha on the streets. José Luis had also spent most of his life on the streets, but Sandra and he had a very strong relationship and he had taken on Sandra's two kids as his own. Although they were both living off the streets, and were both drug free, whilst we were doing marriage preparation with them, José Luis still struggled with breaking free from the life and the group that he had become part of on the streets. They got married in 2013, and have been living in various places, but have recently separated because of the ongoing problems they were having. Thankfully they are still in contact, and the kids still see José Luis. We were able to talk with him and pray with him before we left, but the whole family would really appreciate your prayers. 

It was also very strange to see one of the guys I knew - Antonio - who was around 12 years old when I first met him, now with a wife and three kids of similar age to our 3 kids. Only their lifestyle and situation is a completely different story. Nisha and Anya chatted quite a bit to those kids, and it made a huge impact on them. We were so proud of their attitude towards all the street people we met, despite how dirty many of them were and how bad they smelled, they shook hands with them all and served them food and drinks and gave out little party bags they had prepared plus the blankets that they had received at their birthday party which they had requested instead of presents. It gave them great joy to see the huge smiles on the faces of the guys as they gave them out. 

Nisha wrote in her journal afterwards: 

"On Tuesday 29th April we went to see the children on the streets. I helped by giving out the food and the spoons. I felt sorry that they didn't have many toys. I pray that good will happen and that You will be near to them and when we go to England that You will give them a home. God also made me think of the bit in the Bible that talks about not worrying. It says that God feeds the birds and clothes the flowers, and says "are you not much more valuable than they are?" (Matthew 6:26). I think God wants to say this to the street children."

Please pray with Nisha that God would speak this truth in to the lives of the young people on the streets - that they would trust in God and would know just how valuable they really are. 

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Antonio with his three boys 

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Praying with the group. 

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Nisha giving one of the blankets she received for her birthday

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Anya serving one of the lads a plate of food 

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Giving out the party bags containing some fruit and sweets. 

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With Marcos (Oscar's brother) 

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With José Luis and his adopted daughter Samantha. 


Meet the MEFI Team

MEFI Team

We thank God for this amazing team of dedicated workers for Christ.

Some of you may be seeing some of these faces for the first time, so we thought we'd share a little about who the team are and what they do.

Carmen has been the director of the ministry since early 2014. She trained as a doctor, but left her job to work in ministry full time many years ago. She has made huge sacrifices to serve God wherever He has led her, and she has been used by God to help the ministry grow and develop.

Alex, and his wife Paty were the first to join the team when Helen was in Mexico in 2004. They began their journey with MEFI as prayer partners, and prayed faithfully for the ministry for a whole year before they started physically working with the street-kids. Alex, is an ex-drug addict, who has been in prison for taking drugs, and Paty is an alcoholic, so they really can empathise with what the street children and young people face and their testimony has a real impact. Many of the young people call Alex and Paty 'Mum and Dad', because of the way they care for them as if they were their own. They co-ordinate the discipleship programme in the centre amongst other things. 

Rosa works in the MEFI kitchen preparing delicious meals for the young people on the days the drop-in centre is open. She has an amazing servant heart and she will often comfort and talk at a deep level with individuals who wander in to the kitchen to help out.

Gloria (who used the name Brenda whilst she was on the streets) helps with the cleaning of the drop-in centre. God has transformed her life from what it was when she was on the streets. She now rents a room with her two daughters - Alondra (in the picture) and Valeria (4 years). She still faces many challenges, but God has been faithful and has used her to encourage the other young people who come to the drop-in centre that God can transform their lives too.  

Josue joined the team last year and works in the area of publicity, social media, and promoting prayer support. He's also started giving classes in the new computer room that was donated recently. He has been such a blessing to the team and the young people. God has given him a heart to serve and encourage others wherever God leads him, and he is sensing that God is calling him to missionary work in the future, so please pray for him as he seeks God's will in this.  

Julio also joined the team last year and is in his final year at the seminary. He showed an interest in MEFI as he, like Alex is an ex-drug addict and has been through rehabilitation. God has and is doing amazing things in his life, and is using both him and his wife Susanna (who volunteers at the centre) to touch the lives of the young people with His love and compassion. 

We had the opportunity to spend some time with the team recently and we heard that all of them are facing tough and challenging family situations at the moment. To respect confidentiality we can't share all the details, but would ask that you lift up each one of them in your prayers. In the Bible Paul reminds us in the book of Ephesians that our struggle is not against 'flesh and blood', but against the 'powers of this dark world' and against the 'spiritual forces of evil' - who we know are seeking to destroy the work that God is doing in the lives of the street young people. It seems that at the moment he is seeking to do this by attacking the team and their families. 

We love this team so much and give thanks to God for their willingness and dedication to give their all to this ministry. It is hard and costly, but also extremely rewarding when you see a life brought in to God's family and changed and restored!

 


Forgive, just as God has forgiven you

The last few weeks in Mexico City have, believe it or not, been pretty cold! Some days have been down to 3 - 7 degrees celsius - so we have all been wrapping up a bit - even in the house, as of course there isn't central heating or anything like that here. But we have been thanking God for the ability to wrap up warm and sleep in a warm bed at night as of course the young people we work with don't have that luxury. 

Please pray especially for those that have babies and young children on the streets. One of these girls is Samantha. Her baby is only around 10 months old and Samantha is currently still taking drugs on the streets and sleeping there. She is separated from the father Alejandro, who is actually living off the streets at the moment. The baby is called 'Jemima Esperanza'. Esperanza means hope in Spanish, and although her life seems pretty hopeless at the moment, we know that God gives hope and life and purpose where before there wasn't any. Please pray for this little family. 

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Please continue to pray for the young street mums and dads that come along to the parenting course each Wednesday morning in the drop in centre. I (Helen) and a friend Katherine lead the sessions, and each week God has been speaking to us about what He really wants us to share with them. Often the themes are to do with their identity and the importance of forgiveness. These themes may not seem to be ones you might normally find in a parenting course, but we have discovered more and more how they are so so applicable. For until we all really know that our importance, acceptance and security do not come from anything that the world believes or says about us (which in their case is usually negative and derogatory), but comes from what God believes and says about us, then we cannot bring children up to look to God for their real identity either, instead they will believe and live the labels they are given.

Also we have noticed that most (if not all) have so much anger and hatred in their hearts because of what they have suffered. This of course affects how they in turn relate to their children, when and if they see them. So although forgiveness is a huge area and it can take months or years to really learn what it means to forgive from the heart, God has been speaking in to these young people's lives in an incredible way and enabling them to forgive those that have caused huge hurts in their lives. 

It has been amazing how open the young people have been in the sessions, and how much God is speaking to them about his love for them as a Father. We have also started giving them Bible verses to colour in whilst we are speaking to them, and we have seen how therapeutic it has been for them - they have been able to relax and concentrate a lot better, and have discovered their creative side again. 

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God has also been speaking to Eli and Samuel (see previous blogs) a lot lately about forgiveness. We can hardly begin to imagine how hard it is for them both to forgive the man that caused so much pain and suffering in their lives. The man who raped Eli and became Samuel's 'father', but who was also Eli's step-dad and her sister's father, and her sister's children's 'father' as well. This man abused all three sisters, and both of Eli's sisters became pregnant by him at the age of 14. 

Steve has been discipling Samuel each week, and I have begun to disciple Eli as well. Samuel doesn't know the circumstances in which Eli became pregnant, but without Eli's consent was told recently who his 'father' is by a member of the family. Somehow the 'father' then managed to make contact with Samuel and started promising things to Samuel. A week ago Samuel arranged to meet his 'father' (with Eli waiting a little way away) as Samuel wanted to see if he would fulfil some of the promises he had made. Of course he didn't. So Samuel came away from the meeting with even more hatred and anger than he had before, and this fuelled Eli's hatred of him as well. 

So this week has been very difficult for them both and they have struggled to cope with their feelings. Despite all this, God has begun a work of healing in their hearts, and we ask for your prayers for this, and that God would help us to support them through this process. 


Kevin

Katherine is a great friend of ours who we have known for several years now. She and her family are originally from Venezuela, she has two sons, but she separated from her husband shortly after the birth of her second son. It has been amazing to see how much she has grown in her walk with God since the time we met her. When we met her she had become very detached from church and from God, but it was obvious that God was prompting her to seek Him again and through various 'God-incidences' she started going regularly to church again, asked to join the Bible study group we have in our home, asked that I meet up to do some discipleship with her, made a decision to get baptised, has now started her own small group in her hair salon where she works, and she's preparing to go on a mission trip to the UK in the summer! It is so exciting to see God at work in her life!

Of course, the enemy has not been happy about all this, and she has experienced many spiritual attacks and discouragements throughout the last few years. One of the most difficult and painful has been with her older son Kevin. He is now 19, and since leaving school has lived a fairly reckless, carefree life, mixing with friends who were a bad influence on him, and without going in to too much detail, started dabbling in petty crime which could have easily landed him in jail. Despite all this he has had an encounter with God and had made a commitment at one point, and we believe that deep down he still really wants to follow God's path for his life. 

Katherine has prayed constantly for him, and has given him opportunity after opportunity to change and start respecting the boundaries that she had tried to establish in his life. However, Kevin continued to overstep the boundaries and the pain and conflict that this was causing for the rest of the family (Katherine's parents also live with them, as well as Katherine's 13 year old son Vincent), meant that she had to impose some consequences, and so she told Kevin he had to move out and go and live with his father (an alcoholic) in the south of Mexico - near Cancun. 

At present Kevin has no work, and no money, and neither does his father - who also lives a very unpredictable life. His father has never been a good influence for Kevin, and in fact is probably one of the root causes for the low self-esteem and insecurity that Kevin feels. But Katherine felt that she didn't have a choice and this may be the only way that Kevin will get a 'wake-up' call. He could well end up on the streets, taking drugs, get arrested, the list goes on, but Katherine and we are trusting and praying that God will bring good out of all this and will transform the situation. And ultimately we pray that Kevin, just like the prodigal son in the parable will 'come to his senses' and be brought to his knees to reach out to his Father in heaven again and recognise who he is and who he could be in Christ. 

Please pray for him, and for Katherine and Vincent and Katherine's parents as they are all going through a tremendous amount of pain and anguish right now. (Kevin is at the forefront of the photo, Vincent and Katherine behind). 

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Who says God doesn't answer prayer?!

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I have just checked our last blog entry and have realised that we haven’t given any update on the situation with Eli, and because of such a busy end to the year we haven’t been in touch since the end of October! So this is a good opportunity to make a new year’s resolution to get back to our intended weekly blog entries. We first want to wish everyone a very happy New Year, and to take the opportunity again to thank you all for your faithful prayers both for us as a family and for those in MEFI.

Thank you especially for your prayers for Eli and her children Samuel and Edith. God has truly done amazing miracles in their lives and is continuing to transform this little family. The last time I wrote Eli was on the brink of being kicked out on to the street with her kids because she couldn’t pay her rent and was in a huge amount of debt. Please see previous blog for more details. We felt that God was prompting us to intervene in the situation and move Eli and her kids up to the northern end of the city to be closer to us and to a community of Christians who could help to support them. So after living in our home for just over a week we were able to move them in to a couple of rooms that a Christian lady rents out just near the Seminary building and near the church we are attending. This was the first amazing answer to prayer - that we were able to find somewhere affordable in such a short amount of time - and the land-lady is a Christian!

God then answered prayers by providing the money to be able to consolidate all Eli’s debts through generous supporters like yourselves. He provided for her to be able to pay the second month’s rent (MEFI paid for the first month and deposit), to set up home, buy food, and to save up some money. Then the next answer to prayer was that Samuel was given a place in the local government school, despite it being officially full with no vacancies! This really helped Samuel to settle quickly, especially as he already had made friends with one of the boys who goes to the same school - called Charly. Charly’s mum is Lorena (pictured on the right of Eli in the photo above) who used to be Steve’s PA and has become a good friend of ours. 

God also brought about an emotional reconciliation between Eli and Samuel. Samuel hadn’t been speaking to Eli for a number of weeks as he was angry with her for taking him out of school, and he was also struggling with how to cope with Eli’s emotional state. Alex and I were able to sit down with Samuel and Eli and talk openly with Samuel and at the end Samuel went up to Eli and the two embraced and asked for forgiveness. We were pretty much all in tears!  The next answer to prayer was that God provided a Christian counsellor to help both Eli and Samuel with the huge issues that they are dealing with from their past (rape, abuse, neglect, rejection etc). When we explained the situation Eli and her family are in, the counsellor then offered to give the sessions for free! 

We came up against a really difficult obstacle with Samuel’s previous school however. The previous school was a boarding school and supposedly a charitable foundation as well. Samuel had been there for several years and had only been coming home at week-ends to be with Eli and Edith. They were giving Eli a scholarship for her to be able to pay for Samuel’s schooling, and this had enabled her to work through the week and also ensured that Samuel had been getting 3 decent meals a day - whereas at home she would have struggled to be able to do that. The school however are very protective of their pupils and very closed and insular. They allow the parents very little input and take many decisions out of their hands. Eli hadn’t been happy with how controlling they had been for a while, but had not had any other option of where to send Samuel. The school had also sent Samuel to a psychologist who had fed lies to him about how Eli didn’t love him and had abandoned him in the school. When Eli found out about this and tried to stop taking Samuel, they had told her that if she stopped the sessions he would be kicked out of school. However, when Eli tried to transfer Samuel to the new school, the previous school refused to hand over the papers that Eli needed for the new school, and refused to ‘discharge’ him, which meant that they continued to try and charge Eli for his fees, despite him not being there. This was partly because they were prejudiced towards Eli because of her background. 

Steve and I felt really angry about the injustice of the situation, and we tried to talk to the Director, but she was determined not to allow Samuel to leave, and gave a very condemning prediction of his future to Eli if he was to leave. We asked many to pray for a breakthrough when Eli went again all the way down to the south (it took her almost 5 hours to get there and almost 5 back!) The Director again put up lots of barriers in order to try and prevent Samuel from being discharged, even when Eli said she would have to get a lawyer involved as they were holding back papers that officially belonged to her.  However, Eli decided to take Edith off to get something to eat, and on her return she saw a police car sitting outside the school. She was met by one of the teachers who looked all flustered and asked if Eli had called the police. Eli assured them that she hadn’t, but the Director had been so alarmed by seeing the police car that she had very quickly found all the paperwork (that they had denied having), and had given it to Eli and even apologised that they hadn’t got together all his other books that he had left there. Eli wasn’t about to wait around though, and left with what she had come for, thanking God for the ‘angel’ that He had sent in the form of a police man! 

The next answer to prayer was that our friend Lorena had felt God leading her to support Eli and her family. She has formed a really good relationship with her and lives just round the corner, so she has been able to help Eli in a very practical sense, as well as in a spiritual and emotional sense. The land-lady had offered Eli the patch of pavement outside her house free of rent to set up a food-stall. There is a large coach station just next to the house which takes students back and forth to a college nearby. These bus drivers are often looking for breakfast and coffee as they work from very early in the morning. So Eli shared with Lorena the idea she had of setting up a food-stall, and Lorena said she felt God was prompting her to help to set it up. So they set about buying all the necessary food and equipment and have their official opening day on Monday - tomorrow! They will start early, and the good thing is they can take it in turns to collect their sons from school, and Edith can play in the apartment above and be close to where Eli is working.. 

Please please pray for Eli and Lorena. They are excited about this new opportunity God has given them, but nervous as well as it is very unpredictable how much they might earn and how much custom they may get. Eli needs the business to get off to a good start as she needs to be able to pay her rent and continue paying off the debt she has. Please also pray that Eli can get Edith (5 years) in to the same school as Samuel. This will benefit both Edith and Eli, but the school are saying there is no space in the Kindergarten at the moment. 

Praise God for all He has done and is doing in the lives of Eli and her kids, we are excited to see how much more He is going to do. Please pray for me, Helen, as I begin to meet up with Eli to do some discipleship with her. 

 


Eli, Samuel and Edith

Please pray for Eli, Samuel and Edith, we have written about them in previous blogs. (click here to see). We saw them a couple of months ago, but recently hadn't heard from them, so Helen called Eli on Friday night and discovered she hadn't called because she didn't have credit on her phone. However, what was harder to hear is that they have been locked in their apartment for the past month fearing eviction due to the fact Eli had no work and had mounting debts. Without going into too many details you can imagine this is putting huge amounts of pressure on her and her kids. Eli hasn't eaten for weeks and has been relying on donations of food - mainly bread rolls and instant soup from a neighbour for the kids. Eli has reached breaking point, she has experienced so many crises in her life that this one has now sent her in to a deep depression. Her children haven't been able to go to school for the last month, and Samuel (10 years) is saying he wants to run away - to the streets, so hence she won't let him out of the apartment.  

MEFI seeks to be proactive as well as reactive and we certainly don't want to see this family head to the streets. So this week we are planning to move them closer to us in the North of the city. We were thrilled this morning when we encountered a Christian land-lady who told us she'd like to offer her little apartment at a lower rent. 

So we are sure God has His hand on this situation and is opening the doors for Eli to move closer to us, where we can help build a community of support around her. 

Please pray for this transition, Eli and her kids have hardly eaten or slept in the past few weeks and they need lots of love and support. If you would like to help Eli and her family in addition to prayer, please contact us: steveandhelen@thcossletts.co.uk and we can share some opportunities. 

Have and good week, Steve and Helen


Parenting for the parentless

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How do you teach a parenting course to young mums and dads who have never had a parent model to learn from, or if they have, it has not been a good one!?

This has been one of the challenges that I (Helen) have faced since starting up a parenting course in the MEFI drop-in centre a couple of weeks ago.

Ever since we arrived in Mexico 5 years ago, it has been something that I have felt God saying is really needed in the lives of the street-mums and dads, but the timing has never been right, until now as there have been so many other things going on in the drop-in centre. Also, I haven't been able to be involved in the drop-in centre since Charlie was born, and I have prayed and wrestled with the decision whether getting involved again would be a blessing to the team and the street kids, or whether it was just my heart tugging at me because I missed being there so much. 

However, about a month ago God once again stirred up in me the desire to start up a parenting course and so I started investigating the possibility and whether it would work. The director of MEFI - Carmen, was really positive and said she had been praying for a course like this to happen as well. 

I also invited my friend Katherine to lead the course with me and she felt as well that this was God's answer to some of her prayers. She has been amazing with the street kids, despite never having had contact with them before, and God is already revealing to her that she has gifts in teaching and leading. 

But after looking at some of the material I had from well established parenting courses, it quickly dawned on me how foreign and irrelevant a lot of this material would be for these young people. Their family back-grounds and the definition of 'family life' they currently live with is a hundred miles from what most of us have experienced. Talking about having a meal round the table with your kids for example would be something they have only ever dreamt of doing, and many of them hardly ever see their kids as they have been banned by the court for the protection of the kids and their mother or grandparents or whoever is looking after them.

Most of them still live on the streets (although some of them have now left and are trying to start a new chapter of their lives), and just a couple of them actually live with their kids. But the course is also about preparing them for the future when they quite probably with have more kids, and when they will hopefully will be in a better situation to look after them. 

So when I asked the young people at the drop-in centre if anyone was interested in doing the course I wasn't sure what the response would be, but there were a good number who were interested, and there was a great desire in many of them to learn all they could to enable them to be the very best father or mother they could be for their kids - whom they were praying they would be allowed to look after again. 

So during the first session we looked at what image they had in their minds when the word 'father' was said. Of course, many had negative images, or some struggled to think of any image, but it was encouraging that many had some kind of positive example as well - from maybe a member of the extended family, or from outside the family. We then looked at God as Father and what a 'perfect Father' looks like, and how He desires to have that Father-son or Father-daughter relationship with each one of them. 

Please pray for them, as I really believe that until they have really grasped the love that God as Father has for them and have received healing for their past experiences, then it will be really difficult for them to show their own children the kind of unconditional love that they too need. 

Then in the second session we looked at what their experiences were as children and how that affected them growing up, and how that still affects them in their relationships with others and with their own children. Then the session this week is about spending quality time with their kids (however infrequent or short that time may be), and the importance of playing with them. The mentality of a lot of them is that they are only expected to be a disciplinarian figure and to bring their kids presents or money. 

So this is definitely not a 'run of the mill' parenting course! But already God has blessed us through the young people that have come, and we can see God already working in their hearts. We actually had one lady (Elizabeth, 43) who came along last week, in addition to the young people, and she couldn't stop crying and thanking us for our words. She has two older kids who she feels like she has let down. However, she is just beginning to understand God's love as a father for herself, and we could see how this was beginning to heal some of the hurt she was feeling. 

The other challenge of doing a course with street young people is that you can never predict who is going to turn up. So it could well be different young people every week! But we are trusting that whoever comes, and whenever they come that each one will take away with them something that will help them in their role of parent - whatever that may be, but most importantly that they will know they are loved by the one perfect Father and that they are his precious children. Please pray for Juan, Gloria, Edgar, Daniela, Agustín, Victor, Blanca, Rosendo, Jessica, Elisabeth, Juan Antonio, and Andrés.