Our Redeemer

Quite often we hear the term redeemer in our Christian lives. It might come in a song, prayer or scripture.

When I hear it I often think of the book of Ruth when a close relative of Naomi (or Mara as she called herself at this point) basically saves Ruth (and her mother-in-law Naomi) by marrying her. (It's a good part of the Bible; you should read it. I won't go into it here to save some space.)

The thought of God redeeming someone - bringing them out of a bad situation through their fault or someone else's or no one's at all - always brings me back to that thought. Someone is in pretty deep trouble, and God comes along and claims him or her as part of His family. Big Daddy to the rescue.

On Thursday night, we heard a story that might be too common in Guatemala (but also happens everywhere). Alberto doesn't know his biological father. When he was 7 his mother met a man and married him. The new "father" didn't like Alberto and kicked him out of his house. For years, Alberto lived on the streets. No shelter. No blanket. No food. No hope for a future. He did things he doesn't want to think about let alone talk about.

He saw his mother, step father and siblings one day and wondered what was wrong with him.

Then he met a pretty girl, who wanted him to be better. After they had known each other awhile she invited him to church.

At the same time, Alberto was working a legitimate job, and his boss wanted Alberto to go to his church. Alberto had to make a decision on which church to go to: his boss' or his girl's. He chose his boss' church and enjoyed the service. As he was leaving, who should he see: the girl.

You could say it's coincidence, but I see God's plan working for us. God redeemed Alberto, called him to be a part of His family, and showed what a good parent really was. He showed Alberto that life could be good. Just as he was adopted into this new family, we are adopted into God's family. Only Jesus was born as God's son, but our "adoption" into that holy family holds the same merits.

As it says in Galatians 4:4-5, "But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons." (NASB)

Now Alberto is part of a larger family. He married the girl and now they have an adorable baby boy, Andy. He works as a gardener at Rocsana's Hope, a home here in San Lucas dedicated to help orphans once they have aged out of the orphanage system. We met the missionaries from Kansas City (God loves a good coincidence) who run the home the day after we arrived. If you want to learn more about what they do, check out Roscana's Hope on Facebook and other social media sites.

They need support and prayers just as Tabitha and I do. They are looking to grow, and with God's blessing, they will.

Oh, sorry, I forgot to tell the girls name.


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