(Luis turned 18 in May, he and I are pictured above. The photo was taken the night he graduated from YWAM’s Discipleship Training School.)
Luis is the first boy living at Hope House to turn 18 while in our care. This is so very significant because many boys his age become desperate as they near this monumental event and decide to leave and pursue life on their own. Not Luis, when that sensation came, instead, he determined to dig in and persevere. Instead of running away, Luis dedicated his life to God’s service and entered a discipleship program with a local ministry and is now serving God by working at Hope House! We couldn’t be more proud of him!
Luis, suffering great physical hardships because of the neglect he endured as a young boy, is mostly deaf, has extremely poor vision and a severe speech impediment, and yet those who know Luis are captivated by his giant smile and amazed with his thankful attitude. Luis is a shining example of God’s goodness and grace.
Beginning life so unlikely to succeed, Luis brings to reality this statement of the Apostle Paul: “But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are…”
1 Corinthians 1:27
We are so proud of Luis for his accomplishments and for the man of God he is becoming. God literally took him out of a hopeless situation and gave him Hope for a better future. Now he is a living example of that Hope to the younger generation of boys at Hope House.