What a day. This splendid day began with Mass in the chapel here at Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos. At 10am, Frs. Becker and Kuharski and Deacon Francisco processed down the aisle amid much joy and enthusiasm. This Mass was very eye opening for me. For one, the music was quite stunning with guitars and clapping. But even more so was the joy and reverence that the children worshiped with. Their attention to the Mass, even though Fr. Becker’s Spanish might not be the best, was riveting to me and inspired me to pay closer attention to the source and the summit of our faith. To be honest, I have never seen the Church so alive and it fills me with such hope for the future of this country.

Sunday Mass at NPH

After the Mass, all of us joined the boys for lunch in their homes. This was another beautiful but intimidating time were I truly experienced the hospitality of the children. I felt a huge barrier in my communication with the boys because I did not know the language and did not really know what was going on. However, as we sat down to eat, one of the boys immediately worked to make sure that we felt welcomed by answering my questions even though my Spanish is not very good. And this hospitality extended to our intense game of soccer in the evening. The boys who played with us continually praised us when we made a good play and patiently directed us when we had no idea what was going on.

This trip has been an incredible in so many ways. From the hospitality that we have been shown to the reverence and the joy that the children exhibit, this will not likely to be a trip that I will forget. Please continue to pray for us but also please pray for these children that God may bless them abundantly.

-Nathaniel Dauber

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