And yes, many of them have experienced healing. Most are going through a healing process. You can hear their laughter again. When they first walk through the doors of the Refuge, there are no smiles. They go through an extensive six months of classes and spiritual training. Maricruz Rios, the Director, receives these girls with love and compassion. However, she knows what tough love is about, and she is not afraid to use it. Many times I have heard Maricruz crying out to God for these girls. Some girls choose to not leave after the six months. Tabitha has been there for six years. They choose to stay within the confines of the Refuge to help with the untold number of girls who come through every year. The Refuge is a lighthouse in the midst of destruction, chaos, confusion, and... ashes. For every single young girl in the Refuge, there are an untold number of girls in the streets. It is estimated that there are 15,000 youth living in the streets of Juarez.
I just finished six years of serving the Lord in Juarez, Mexico. And every Friday morning my wife Blanquita and I head to the girls refuge where we teach them the Word of God. The joy that I felt when I visited the ministry years ago is even stronger today. Currently there are from 45 to 50 young girls/women at the refuge. Every Friday I am a witness to the transforming power of God. I witness the new faces coming in with the ashes of anger, hatred, hearts and lives destroyed, hopelessness, rebellion, and despair. And in a few weeks I witness the big smiles, new-found hope, healing, love...the glowing crown of beauty.
If anyone or a church group wishes to make a missions trip to Juarez, Mexico or to donate funds for use in Juarez you may contact me at the number below. Please continue to pray for our work and safety in Juarez. Also, please leave your comments below. Blessings to all.