Cristian is sponsored for Christmas!
Entry written by Courtney Mathews
Standing on the sidewalk outside our building, it was hard to decide what to make of the shy, eighteen-year-old who asked to spend the night at our building. Slightly nervous about the newcomer, we let him stay.
The next day we went to build a house with the teens. From the first moments out of the car, all previous apprehension disappeared. All of the boys worked hard that day, but one outdid the rest: Cristian. He was the first to put on gloves when we needed volunteers to take down the roof, and he barely took a break all day.
At the end of the day, we all gathered in the house, and I asked if any of the boys who came with us would like to lead a prayer. Scanning the darting eyes and of the boys who have been in our ministry the longest, I was surprised as Cristian stepped to the middle of the circle. He offered a short but articulate blessing for the homeowner and the house to end our day.
That Friday at the building, Christian was sitting on a bench by himself. I walked up and asked if everything was okay. Reluctantly, he said, “I’m a little sad. I’ve just been thinking a lot about my life. A lot of things have happened.” He first told me he watched his father kill his mother when he was seven years old. From there, he went to live with his aunt who then left him to go illegally to the United States. Then he lived and worked with his uncle for a year and a half, only to never be paid for his work. Finally, he and his brother came to Tegucigalpa. After being in a few children’s homes, Cristian turned 18 and then was on his own.
He said, “It’s just like every time I see a light in my life, it goes away. I can never seem to get out of the storm.” Cristian has had a hard life and is guarded at times, but he is also resilient, humble, hardworking and sweet. I pray that God will work in his life and that he will know God is with him – even in the middle of the storm.