A New Frontier
For most of my life, I was of the persuasion that if an organization was not Christ-centered, I certainly did not want to be involved in it. This didn’t mean that all ‘non-Christian’ groups were bad, but since there are only so many hours in a day, I would concentrate on working with organizations where a relationship with Jesus Christ would be the main emphasis. Although this is still the case, scripture is clear about Christians needing the positive characteristics of “salt” (Matthew 5:17) and “light” (Matthew 5:14) in this dark, unsavory world.
On the day before the banquet, Richard took part in a tour of two of the ministries that are supported by the foundation. The first stop was Casa Hogar—the large, successful orphanage/youth home that was featured in the movie Blue Miracle. This facility is directed by a dear friend of ours from Cabo Church, Jason Stirrup. The second ministry toured was Rame, a day-facility used to train children and younger adults with severe incapacities—such as Autism, Downs Syndrome, Microcephalia, and other such disabilities—practical skills for everyday life. This group learning center also makes soaps and candles, which are sold to help offset the expenses of the program.
The last and most expensive initiative supported by the foundation is for heart defect surgeries. These surgeries take place at the children’s hospital in La Paz. Heart defects are prevalent in Hispanic children, but especially in children under twelve in the southern Baja area. This group of children will usually die before age twelve without medical intervention. The foundation also funds treatment for many more maladies that would either lead to the children being handicapped or to death.
This last paragraph may seem totally off subject, but this is a very important part of New Life Outreach’s possible involvement with The Los Cabos Children’s Foundation. During our weekly prayer team time, one of our intercessors told us to be on the lookout for a “special handshake.” What this meant to us, was that there would be an important introduction to someone attending the evening’s event. Richard and I take “words of knowledge” (I Corinthians 12:8) very seriously and we were ‘watching and waiting’ for that ‘handshake’ the entire evening. Then it happened; Richard was introduced to a man connected to the Municipality of Los Cabos mayor’s office, who could possibly be a connection to getting the Avanza sin Tranza program started again. We had finally found the ‘handshake’ just as we were dismissed from the dinner. But then—as Richard and I were leaving the washroom near the valet parking service, Richard started talking to an older gentleman who has been involved in the foundation for many years, and this became ‘handshake #2.’ Last, but not least, this gentleman introduced us to a couple who were just walking up to him. The couple had recently moved to Grand Rapids, MI (our home town airport). This was a third ‘handshake’—just as our car was pulling up.
On our way home from the gala, as Richard and I shared our impressions of the evening, we realized the Lord might have us volunteer someday at one of the foundation’s initiatives, and we can assure all of our faithful supporters that we will be “salt” and “light” wherever we go!