Written by Becci
One of the hardest things for me, when deciding to come to Argentina, was giving up the chance to see my nephew grow up. He was born a few months before I left. Holding him as I said goodbye, I realised how much he would change while I was away. As I thought about the birthdays and Christmases I’d miss, a lump formed in my throat, and my eyes stung with tears.
Fast forward a few weeks, and I had arrived in Buenos Aires. The first week I was there, I went to visit the children’s home where I would be serving. As I entered the home for the first time, a little nervous and not quite sure what to expect, I had one of those moments of assurance from God.
When I arrived, I was greeted with hugs and cries of Tía (Spanish for Aunt) from the kids. That’s when I was sure of why God had called me to work there: I realised that, while I might not get to have the experience of being aunt to my nephew in Ireland, there were 30 kids that I could be Tía Becci to. These were children that had been abandoned, whose families were not able to look after them or who had been taken out of abusive situations. Here, God was giving me the opportunity to share His love with them, to let them know that they are valued and that God has a plan for their lives.
Don’t get me wrong. I still really miss my nephew (now, nephews), and I have my struggles with missing important moments in their childhoods. But I feel blessed to be an aunt to kids who often have few people in their lives to care for them. It shows me the scope of God’s love, not just providing aunts and uncles for these kids but also providing nieces and nephews for me.
I hope that, over the years, this will continue to bear fruit, that through discipleship, these kids will be led into lasting relationships with their heavenly Father.
"I tell you the truth," Jesus replied, "no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age (homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields--and with them, persecutions) and in the age to come, eternal life.” - Mark 10:29