“Standing in the gap for a child is one of the biggest sacrifices anyone can make, but what I have come to understand is this. Children need a safe adult, they need someone to love them and fight for them, they need someone to protect them from all the hard realities of this world and that’s what standing in the gap for a child means. It has cost me everything I have but I would do it all over again.”
by Sophia Fitzgibbon
I am here serving with Legacy of Hope as the Crisis Care program director and with having this job comes many stories. This past year over 100 kids have passed through our home. This means over 100 kids I have come to personally know and hear their story. That’s over 100 kids who have been beaten, abused, neglected, and put on the street to live, but their story does not end here. It’s hard to sit back and realize that this is the reality of many children, as the orphan crisis here in Honduras seems to be overwhelming. Many children only stay with us for 24 hours and some for months as child services finishes their investigation. But I would like to share some stories of children who have passed through our home and children who are currently still with us.
About three months ago I got a call for a 12-year-old girl who had become pregnant by rape. She found out she was pregnant at 5 months gestation and had little time to prepare for the reality of her situation. She came to us crying and trembling as her family members had just dropped her off at the DINAF office saying they could not care for her anymore. She had been passed around from center to center and was now with us. As I have watched her grow and transform these past couple of months I am amazed at the way God redeems. As we have helped her to go through healing and separate what happened to her from her baby I am overwhelmed and humbled to be apart of this story. The psychologist we have working with her explained before she arrived she did not want to keep her baby but give it away, she explained her self confidence was low, and her emotions were unstable. Since being with us this young lady has had her baby, a little girl who she named Elizabeth. She has promised to protect and keep her baby safe, I have watched her grow in confidence, and now want to become a mom when it seemed nearly impossible. This precious girl is still with us and I am watching her grow and improve every day, I don’t know where she would be without Legacy of Hope. I believe the Lord heals in mighty ways and this beautiful young lady is not an exception.
Many times this job is overwhelming and many emotions come along with what I do. But the passion the Lord has put inside me for His children seems to be growing every day as I am blessed to be serving alongside Legacy of Hope in this way. We receive abandoned babies, street boys, abused girls, and neglected children, but I firmly know their story does not end there. It’s easy to hear these words and label the child as these things, but once you hear their story, see their face, and hold them through the hurt it can really change your perspective.
Last week I let go of two little girls I had been fostering for over a year. They first came into the Crisis Care Center last April, and as I lived within the center at that time I was there since the first day they came into care. I moved into a house and began to foster them last December. Letting the girls go has been one of the most painful things I’ve had to overcome, and it has been a roller coaster ride of different emotions as parenting children from trauma is extremely difficult. I am currently going through the healing process of loosing them, and it hurts so badly. Standing in the gap for a child is one of the biggest sacrifices anyone can make, but what I have come to understand is this. Children need a safe adult, they need someone to love them and fight for them, they need someone to protect them from all the hard realities of this world and that’s what standing in the gap for a child means. It has cost me everything I have but I would do it all over again. Especially as this is Legacy of Hope’s mission, biggest prayer, and end goal, a safe and loving family for every child. With your support I am able to stand in the gap for children from hard places and work alongside this amazing ministry.
Sophia is one of Love Made Visible’s Global Partners serving at Legacy of Hope Foundation in Honduras. This Giving Tuesday you can continue to support Sophia’s ministry in Honduras by your generous donation to Love Made Visible.