I fell in love with the home before I even saw the view. It was our first day at Hope of Life in Guatemala. Raphael, our translator and guide, was showing us the houses that had been built on campus which provide family-style orphan care. As he explained the vision behind Safe Haven Village, a vision to provide orphans not only a family environment but also one which could give the children an opportunity to live with siblings, my heart skipped a beat. It wasn't until I walked into the house, into the modest living room which flowed into the kitchen, that my eyes welled with tears. I whispered to my daughter, "I feel like I'm home". No, it looked nothing like my home, the home in which I live, but it felt like a place in which I could easily call home.....a place in which I was meant to be. Wiping the tears from my eyes, I continued my tour down the short hall which led to the 3 bedrooms - a room for "mom and dad", a room with bunk beds for the boys and another room of bunk beds for the girls. From the master bedroom window was this view ----
Breath-taking isn't it? A room with a fantastic view but even before seeing the view my heart longed to stay here, to love on the beautiful children and to make this my home.
Lord willing, I will return someday and who knows, maybe I'll even be able to call it home.