“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, ….” Charles Dickens: A Tale of Two Cities
As I reflect on these words, they seem to eerily fit what the last several months have looked like for Heart4Children and Niños de la Luz. Before May, we were working to complete the final legal merger of our two organizations into one in Honduras. Bill and Mary were working with us and attorneys in Honduras to unite us legally as we had been in heart for over a decade. Even our chosen name, “Heart4Children of the Light” (“Corazón para Niños de la Luz” in Spanish) reflects our union. It was a time of growth and new beginning. We were looking to expand and increase the number of boys we could bring into our home and ways to improve our school and continue to minister to the children of our village, Armenia Bonito. Two couples were considering joining in with us in ministry. One couple was considering going to live and work full-time in Honduras and the other to come along side Jim and Tamara here in the States. It was indeed "the best of times."
In May, everything would change. Bill Kwiatkowski, the founder of Niños de la Luz became ill with a lung infection and entered ICU at the Veteran’s Hospital in Connecticut. After a hard battle with the infection, he passed away on June 8. Although Niños de la Luz is God’s project, to say Bill was the backbone of the project is truly an understatement. His wife, Mary, obviously entered a time of grief and mourning. The boys in the home, who considered him their father, did as well. We all did. The bigger-than-life guy who was always there, was gone. These were truly the worst of times! Yet, hope springs eternal. The hope placed in a loving and caring God, who himself experienced the death of his Son, still remained. Here is a link to Children of the Light's (Niños de la Luz) latest newsletter for you to hear, in Mary’s own words, her journey through these times.
So where are we now? The word "recovering" comes to mind, as well as the phrase, “moving forward.” Recovering through the grief process and moving forward in ways we never imagined. It is both the best and worst of times. The couple, Ken and Cathy Morey, who was considering moving to Honduras to work full time, has indeed heard God’s call to go. They have started raising their funding and, thank God, are one third of the way in just one month. You can read their letter by clicking here to read in their own words their desires and plans. We could not have imagined a more perfectly suited couple to help us in Honduras. Even before the passing of Bill we needed full time help as the burden of the boys’ home and school was more than one couple could bare. With Bill gone, that need is even greater. Although we have had part time volunteers working with the project, we have recognized the wisdom and, we believe, God’s direction of moving our organization toward working with full time workers who are coordinated and directed through Heart4Children of the Light. The Moreys have agreed to work directly through our organization filling specific roles and needs and remain accountable to the leadership of Heart4Children of the Light. We believe this is a wise direction for us and truly God’s working.
The second couple I mentioned above has also agreed to join Heart4Children of the Light. We are working with them to clearly identify roles and responsibilities. Soon we will be introducing them to you as well.
So, what is the purpose of this post? Well, all mission organizations say it is because we need your prayer support as we move forward. And it is true for us as well. We know that somehow God uses the prayers of his people to accomplish his will. We get that. However, we want to be up front about the fact that we also need your financial support. We have historically been rather poor at asking as an organization. However, our needs have grown beyond our finances, and we need help. The Moreys have budgeted to live on $2,500 per month in Honduras. If you are familiar with other mission organizations, that is a small amount compared to most. Part of the reason is Heart4Children of the Light’s overhead is so small. We are primarily an all-volunteer organization here in the States. The overhead cost to send the Moreys to Honduras is 5%. So, 95% of every dime you give will go to directly support them as they minister alongside Mary to the boys in the home and the children in the school. Not a bad bang for your buck.
So, we believe we are realistic in our view. We truly see the worst of times upon us; yet we see the best of times as well. We see God for who he is. A God we do not understand completely, who allows terrific pain in our lives, and yet gives us hope of the best of times as well. A hope not founded upon feelings or our own strength, but upon the foundation of Jesus’ death on the cross and the power reflected in his resurrection. Will you please consider joining us in prayer and financial support?
May you know God in your own best and worst of times,
Jim and Tamara