In 2009, my life was forever changed by the friendship of one of the street boys, Felix. We became the best of friends. Often as I would walk to Masana, I would end up a few yards behind Felix. I always got the biggest kick out of the clothes he wore and the silly games he made up as he walked the streets. A sight I will never forget is Felix in a trench coat and black boots that were way to big for him walking down the street with a large piece of styrofoam that was his "steering wheel" as he weaved in and out of the crowds.
In October, 2009, Felix decided to go home. We made the hour and a half drive to his father's house. The months that followed were filled with ups and downs for Felix as he was put in the middle of family issues. One of the hardest home visits I have ever been a part of to this date, was with Felix's grandmother and an uncle. We sat and listened to a family explain that they had given up hope on Felix and that he was no longer welcome to live with them. It was the first time I cried on a visit. I didn't understand how anyone could reject this precious little boy I had come to love.
In October 2010, we made the decision to invite Felix to live with us at Masana. We contacted his father and made arrangements for Felix to stay with us during the week and visit family over the weekends. Over the weeks and months that followed, I began to see Felix maturing and growing into a strong young man. Now Felix is respected by all members of his family. It's a joy to watch him interact with the father that he was once afraid of, now full of joy and self-confidence.
Last week, Felix turned 15. He is living proof of the impact being in a loving family can have on one's life. Our Masana family is not your traditional family . . . but we are a family. And we serve a God who is a loving Father and who takes joy in setting the lonely in families (Psalm 68:6).
Thank you Father for entrusting Felix to our family. Help us to raise him up into the Godly man You have created him to be. May his life always bring glory to Your name.
Happy Birthday Feliz Navidad!!