Vidas Jovenes Costa Rica

“There are still valleys to walk through during our remaining days.  The disappointments, the frustrations, the discouragements, the dilemmas, the dark, difficult days , though they be shadowed valleys, need not be disasters.  They can be the road to higher ground in our walk with God.” Phillip Keller 

Amen.  For all of us, this is good news.  A beautiful truth is being told to many teen moms while they are being loved well by Michelle Suwyn & her team of mentors, volunteers & committee in Costa Rica.  We spent the day with these girls, their children, and their mentors, and heard some of their stories.  Being around them and watching them interact with each other and with the leaders, you can see that they have a great hope in something bigger than themselves.  Something we might all learn from them.  If they come in weary, they leave renewed.  They feel supported and trust in the love that their mentors pour out. Through the time that the leaders lift up and present the Gospel, the girls are drawing closer to their Creator that loves them perfectly,  then as they grow into beautiful women, Vidas Jovenes, provides opportunity for them to pour back into their communities, and lead the next generation.  I am reminded to be thankful that even in difficult circumstances, there are new mercies every day. Without that truth, all of our futures would be hopeless regardless of our weaknesses, mistakes or situations.  These exist in all our lives.

We traveled around to meet all these sweet girls, and we were not just meeting girls, but future world changers, mentors, and we met so many amazing mothers.  They want all the same things we want for our children, and the same thing our Savior wants to give them; A future and a hope.  It’s a community, a place where truth is told, and hearts are healed, and generations of the future are made whole with the reality that they are loved.  I was thankful to these girls for my time among them, and how they reminded me that no matter where you find yourself, Christ in your community can rise up to meet needs, meet your greatest heartache, and deepest hope.  And if it’s Christ we seek, then we’ve already won.  My time in Costa Rica has been rich and beautiful in the way of a growing awareness of being human and needing a savior, and how we’re all the same in any way that matters.

There is joy and laugher and gratitude pouring from these girls’ lives.  They are in a video here thanking those from all over the world that support Vidas Jovenes.  Click the link to view in Vimeo: