This past Sunday, Anna Rogness gave an update on Casa de Esperanza, the orphanage that we support in Caranavi, Bolivia. Please read her words below. At the bottom of the post you will find additional ways to support this ministry through prayer and financial giving.
Good morning! I’m so excited to be here! Few things jazz me up more than being able to talk about Casa de Esperanza. For those of you who aren’t as familiar, Casa de Esperanza means “House of Hope.” Casa de Esperanza is a faith-based, campus-style children’s home for abused, neglected, and orphaned children from infant to age 18. So many of you are familiar with these precious people as you have gone, sponsored children, and helped with supply drives.
I want to thank you for making this a team effort, and it is fun to be a church where we are all a part of this together. When I mentioned to them that we are going to have this opportunity to share, the first thing they said was, “Please make sure they know how thankful we are and send our blessings.” They really are so grateful for your prayers and support.
Below are a few highlights for the sake of time.
The first one is finances, because when you are in a country like Bolivia there is always hardship – even on the best of days. Their best days we would consider to be our worst days. The perspective is a little different. God has always provided for them again and again, but it is a constraint faith walk for them and they are constantly clinging to the Lord for provision. Usually at the end of each year they are struggling to meet needs as their funds dwindle. In 2019 they had to make some serious choices because they didn’t have funds. What they had to do was cut salaries by 30%, go to the cheap menu for food, and decrease portion sizes.
I know for us on the Bolivia Mission Foundation we have a goal to fully fund the kids by sponsorships. If we could do that it would take about 600 sponsorships to fully fund the kids for education, health, food, etc. Right now we have 220 overall and 120 just in the US. We can definitely grow that and are looking and praying for that. Sponsorship also creates connection and we want to build relationships with the kids and not just send them money.
If life wasn’t already hard enough then COVID hit. All the kids had to come home from school and they can’t go to church or youth group. All those house moms are homeschooling their kids now. You can imagine having to do that for a couple of kids, but then multiply that by 50! This was really crazy because teachers were sending work online and Casa de Esperanza only has 6-8 computers. They have church at home every Sunday and devotions at lunch, so they are getting fed spiritually, but a big struggle is working to occupy the kids. They have strict lockdown measures – only one person a week can go into town to get food. There was no sickness in Caranavi up until a few weeks ago, but now there have been several deaths and their hospitals are overrun. Their system can’t handle bearing that many people. Nobody at the orphanage has COVID, but we continue to pray for health for them.
Update on Peniel: Peniel was born with a heart defect and wasn’t expected to live. She has been able to have several surgeries to correct that. She is now striving and strong! This past November the Bolivian government gave guardianship to the Lu family in Michigan who have been overseeing her care. She will be able to get the follow up help she needs and we praise God for this as it is rare for Bolivia to let children out of the country.
Sometimes Bolivia changes laws that make sense, and sometimes they don’t. Usually when kids come to Casa de Esperanza they are adopted by the home and they live there as a family. Now the Bolivian government is encouraging biological family members to recover children. With a lot of paperwork, family members can reclaim children at the Casa. This has happened several times and this could be a great thing, but can also be very difficult or detrimental to the children. So please pray for that.
As an additional prayer request, several weeks ago three girls from a family of five girls came to Casa de Esperanza. Their mom left them about a year ago and they were living with their dad. They say this is the most brutal case of violence and abuse they’ve seen yet. That is pretty heavy. The older two girls are placed in La Paz and the younger sisters are at Casa de Esperanza. Please pray for peace and healing in their bodies and hearts.
If you are interested in helping support the work of Casa de Esperanza you can request to sponsor a child through their sponsorship webpage. To give a monthly or one-time gift, you can do so through Christian Aid Mission at this link.
Please continue to pray for:
- Financial provision for Casa de Esperanza, specifically a growing amount of sponsorships for the children.
- Continued protection from COVID-19.
- Protection for the children who are being reclaimed by family members through the new laws.
- Peace and healing for the three sisters who recently arrived.