Go, Grow, Change: Rain
A Hope and A Future: El Camino Restoration Home
April 13, 2017
Have you ever been to a big city? If you have, you probably saw tall buildings and crowds of people. Cities can be cool to explore. However, cities also have some yucky parts, and you might have seen people who don’t have homes living on the streets.
Santa Cruz is a city in Bolivia—a country in South America. It is like some of the cities you might have seen, and it’s growing fast. There are people everywhere, bustling around. But, just like in other cities, many of the people in Santa Cruz don’t have homes.
Over 5,000 of these homeless people are kids and teenagers. They gather in dirty storm drains and mucky sewers. When they are sick, they cannot go to a doctor. If it rains, they have no house to go to. Besides not having a home, in the streets they are exposed to drugs and alcohol. Many become addicted. In order to try to make money, the homeless kids might steal or commit other crimes.
If someone never has a home to go to, they might feel like they’re living in a gloomy storm every day. But guess what? There’s good news! God is working through missionaries who run houses—called restoration homes—to help these kids find a better life. One of these is called El Camino Restoration Home. The people who run it invite boys living on the streets to come live at El Camino instead.
At El Camino, the boys have a house to protect them from the rain. They also have a family of leaders and other boys who care about them. They can get help if they are sick. They can also get an education and learn skills for jobs instead of stealing to get food.
There’s a home for girls called El Alfarero, too. And the most important thing about El Camino and El Alfarero is that the kids learn about Jesus, who loves them and provided the people and resources to rescue them.
Isaiah 45:8 (ESV) says, “Shower, O heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain down righteousness; let the earth open, that salvation and righteousness may bear fruit; let the earth cause them both to sprout.” This verse gives an example of good, helpful rain that God sends. In the middle of what feels like a bad storm, God can still sprinkle down good things that help us grow.
For the homeless kids and teenagers in Bolivia, He sends some of these blessings through El Camino. Instead of knowing hard concrete, crime, and helplessness, these kids get to know Jesus, learn to live like Him, and have a family that loves them.
Go, Grow, Change
GO: Complete this crossword puzzle about El Camino and El Alfarero. All the words can be found in the story above.
GROW: Memorize Isaiah 45:8.
CHANGE: There are many homeless people in the United States, too. With an adult’s help, pick some clothes from your closet or canned food from your pantry to donate to a homeless shelter or another organization that helps people in need.