As a kid raised in Alpharetta, Georgia in the 70’s and 80’s, I thought it very uncommon for a child to grow up without both of their parents in the home. I had one or two friend whose parents were divorced but it certainly was not the norm. Years later, I realized that I grew up in a kind-of bubble and that broken homes were not all that uncommon. Now after living in Paraguay for 20 years I have come to realize that broken homes are in fact common.
I mentioned in our last newsletter that most of the kids that we work with in the tutoring program come from broken families. There is a connection between problems at home and kid’s academic performance. This is also the case in sexual abuse among children. A very small percentage of abused children come from stable homes.
Counseling, mentoring and discipling young people is another part of what Angelica and I do down here in Paraguay. We cannot do much about the family environment that young people live in or grew up with. What we can do is work with them, hoping they will not make the same mistakes their parents made.
In counseling Angelica is often given a window into families that are so broken that it almost seems unbelievable. We have learned that people can make some really bad decisions and without God it is almost impossible to get out of the downward spiral. Through first introducing these young people to Christ and then walking with them as they “dig” their way out of these generational holes, we have seen amazing results.
Today many of the young people that work with us came from these types of environments. They came from generations of broken homes where they were destine to follow in the footsteps of their family before them. Now they are not only serving with us to help share Christ but they are starting their own families built on the solid foundation of Christ.
Paraguay Fact: It gets pretty hot in our house