November 2023 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

In Ephesians, it says we are adopted by the Lord as His own children through Jesus Christ (see Ephesians 1:5). But it also says because it PLEASED Him to do it and because He is KIND! My dear friend Donna Hyatt said, "He wanted to do it!! It gave Him pleasure!" And that got me to thinking. I always knew this verse, but to think that God was really happy about it...happy to receive us in His just wonderful!

He didn't have to adopt us and receive us as His own, but the fact that He was happy about it...happy to receive us? Well, that's just too wonderful for words! We have such a kind a wonderful God. I am so grateful to be in His family.

The day our family adoptions were final -- we adopted five siblings -- was one of the happiest days of our lives! Although we had no idea all that was ahead, and I am glad we didn't, God never left us. He is faithful. And even those children who have left us way too soon and have taken a piece of our hearts...they, too, are in His hands. We don't have to know the end because He does, and that is enough.

This last month has been full of ups and downs and learning and growing. I think working with children and walking with people closely...well that's just how it and downs, valleys and peaks. But God sustains us through it all, and He is teaching us along the way. Over the last few months, we have made many trips to see our caring and loving doctor. I thank the Lord for him. We've made trips to the emergency room with sick babies, sick adults, trauma-related panic attacks, and other medical needs.

My husband, Enrique, is the one to take babies and others, sometimes late into the night. We tell him he should study seems he is always talking with doctors. We have learned SO much about mental health and how important that is also, especially in the times we are living in, and with so many dealing with broken hearts. We also continue walking with a young man who has autism. God has written him on our hearts, and he has become part of the family. Keep him in your prayers as he deals with anxiety too. We are seeing great things happen in him as he gets the love and care he needs.

We would ask for your prayers for our son Nelson and his wife, Nancy. Many of you have met Nelson. He has had many medical needs and needs prayer. He has a very big heart and loves people and gives so much to others. We are trusting the Lord for healing and strength.

We have started preparing for Christmas. We hope to give out at least 20 special Christmas boxes to families in need. These families are close to our hearts. Most families have three children or more, so getting boxes ready will take some time. If you would like to give towards the Christmas boxes please let us know. It is such a blessing and brings so much joy to each family! Christmas is always such a big time for us, and the children are already counting the days!

We have many other financial challenges with day-to-day needs in the ministry, and among the people we serve here in Costa Rica. Please pray for peace and strength as we walk with those in need. I am amazed how close God He sends a word, a Bible verse, a story to encourage and lift us up. In spite of ALL the messiness, ugliness, and brokenness we see around the world, He is near and He is working. He is a kind and faithful Father.

Thank you for standing with us. For walking with us. For your faithfulness to our big family here. We are SO thankful for you!

Much love,

Enrique and Charlyn Mejia

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