This blog was written by Mafer Farnes, a Guatemalan translator who helped with the Casa Bernabae I Am Art camp in October of 2018.
I give thanks to God because despite the difficulties that happened to me during the year, God has blessed me with experiences like this, and I can say that my year is ending in such an amazing way. I was blessed to serve as a translator in the art camp with Athentikos. It was the first time I shared with the children at Casa Bernabe, and I couldn’t be more grateful to each person who made this possible.
I must confess that I was doubtful about going to serve, but I believe in a God and His perfect plans and I’m sure it was His will for me to go be a part of this amazing camp. God changed the lives of these beautiful kids, and my life for sure. The happiness that the kids experienced during each day made all the effort worthwhile.
The main goal in working at Casa Bernabe is about giving love, affection and compassion to each of the children, but I experienced the inverse of this. Their smiles light up your heart. When they run to hug you they fill you with love. When they ask for help, and tell you that you’ve helped them, they teach you to be more humble and grateful. It’s likely that you’ll shed some tears. The kids definitely make you stronger. They change the way you see the world and the biggest feeling that struck me was how I wanted to be in a favorable situation so that I could adopt these children who are so wonderfully talented.
Thanks to all the people who work at Casa Bernabe, and to the incredible team of people who came to donate their tim e and love. I am sure that God will bless them, and will continue blessing the staff and children that are the light of the Casa Bernabe. Gods light shines in their hearts and faces.
“Serve each other with love” Galatians 5:13
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