Blog post written Jamie Mathisrud
Today we experienced that long anticipated moment of laying eyes on the young women at the orphanage. We have prayed, raised support, gathered literally hundreds of dresses, shoes, pieces of jewelry and make up a plenty - all with the hope of meeting the girls God ordained long ago for us to meet on this day. But it was about much more than meeting them. It was the chance to look them in the eyes and tell them they are loved by God, seen by Him, made in His image; they are the reason we came.
We then moved on to giving each girl a manicure and pedicure. This was a powerful time. As we gently cleansed their hands and feet, clipping and cleaning their weathered nails, then applied polish carefully (not to mention all the GLITTER polish!), it was an awesome opportunity to spend time talking with the girls. We asked them about their interests, what excited them most about the quinceanera, what they liked best about their chosen dress, and so on. I can only imagine how foreign it must have felt for many of them to receive such attention, and we just know that the Holy Spirit was pouring out His great love on them through our loving hands.