At the 2015 annual event, the Women of Compassion giving society voted to fund the construction of a home for the administrator of the Malnutrition Center in Guatemala. The home was to be named “Hayden’s House” in honor of Hayden Hitchcock.
Last month, I was blessed to have the opportunity to travel to Guatemala with a team from One More Child and Women of Compassion. I worked alongside my daughter, Mary-Nanette, in the center’s “Dolphin’s Room” (for infants and special needs toddlers), where we spent our days rocking babies, changing diapers, holding bottles, spooning purées, praying over each child and trying to provide the touch, voice and personal interaction so many of those sweet babies seemed so desperate to have. We were impressed at the quality of the facilities and hard-working nannies, but at the same time, our hearts were burdened by the needs of the under-staffed center and the struggling families of the children living there. Those sweet children made an impact on our hearts and remain in our thoughts and prayers as their faces continue to peek at us through photographs tacked to our cork boards and tucked in our Bibles.
While at the center, we were able to participate in “sponsorship day,” a day each month when more than 150 sponsored children and their families travel to the center so the children (former residents now reunited with their families) can be examined by an on-site physician and the family can receive a large bag of nutritious foods. Seeing such gratefulness in the eyes of so many parents and joy on the faces of their healthy children was evidence of the lasting impact the One More Child sponsorship program has on the lives of these children and their families.
Dedication of Hayden’s House
A highlight of the trip was the dedication of Hayden’s House. The ceremony was attended by team members (including Hayden’s parents, Brett and Kristen), the center staff, representatives of One More Child’s national partner and Ron Gunter, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of One More Child. After the ribbon cutting, we were able to tour the home. It is remarkably well-built, beautifully furnished and the Lord’s presence was undeniably within its walls and on the grounds that day. The plaque on “Casa de Hayden” has the Women of Compassion and One More Child logos and says in both English and Spanish, “Hayden was a little boy who captivated others with his tender heart. He loved Captain America, playing with friends and anything outdoors. This home is dedicated in Hayden’s memory in hopes that the children of Guatemala would be loved and cared for, like he was, while also learning the name of Jesus.”
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:1-4
The administrator of the center will live in Hayden’s House and will now be able to remain continuously on-site to oversee and improve the programs run by the center and the care of children and families served by it. This will be such a benefit to the center! And what a meaningful legacy for Hayden. I hope you all feel as blessed as I do to have been able to participate in such a great project that will bless so many children’s lives. Thank you, Women of Compassion, for having such a big heart for the children served by the center and for your generosity in making Hayden’s House a reality. It’s a blessing to be a part of such a passionate, generous and loving group of ladies.
For more information on One More Child and the Guatemala Malnutrition Center, click here.
Save the Date: February 26, 2016
Save the date for our next Women of Compassion event on February 26, 2016. It will be a day filled with special music, personal testimonies, a delicious lunch, laughter and a message from Allison Allen. It will also be the time for voting on the projects our group will contribute to next year. I hope to see you there!
In His Hands,
Women of Compassion Council