Here is a very encouraging report from Osvaldo:
Moving on to another topic, things are going really well with the girls. Last Friday I was able to hand out their Bibles, which were gifted to us from the United States. They were very happy and, since that day, all of them are finding a verse to share during our daily devotionals. This is something that helps them tremendously in their spiritual growth. One girl who was returning back to her home, upon saying goodbye, had asked me for a Bible. The next day, Don Carlos (Guillermo's father) gave me the Bibles and I was able to give it to her. She told me she would be sharing it with her father and brothers. The reading of the Word is a seed that we try to plant in all of them. God will reap the fruit. All of them are quite impressed that they own a Bible, and with their names engraved no less. It made them feel very special. Thanks to whoever paid for that. May God repay you tenfold.
The girls here are in the middle of taking exams. We're experiencing a harsh cold weather, but we're doing well. Maria Luisa arrived today to spend a couple of days and rest. The girls are very happy and, in terms of behavior, they are all doing well. More and more we see a growing recognition of us as one of the best Homes, for we receive phone calls from distant parts of the country, from references people receive of Courts and Defensorships about us. This makes us proud, and at the same time it makes us more committed to continue to improve in what we can, and to always be responsible and serious about all our work.
I want to clarify that we purchased the coats, pillows and bed sheets due to the intense cold we're experiencing. We also have received a donation to completely renew all the mattresses, which were really worn out. We were given 20 new mattresses and I purchased fabrics to make our own bed sheets (as it's more economical that way).
Sometimes, I truly have no idea how we find solutions to our many problems. But we feel and live God's provision continually. Today, we find ourselves with leftover money deposited in our account, even after making all the purchases we needed, and even though we had a lot of additional expenses. The girls have new mattresses, most of them have new winter coats. We lack nothing, and we still have leftover money in the bank.
Brothers and sisters, let's walk in faith for God is faithful all the time. His mercies and provision never run out. Especially now, when we are being recognized among other Homes for our outstanding achievements in the girls' lives that are here now, and that have been here. The Enemy will rise up against us with force to discourage us. But greater is He who is in us, than he who is in the world.