Sponsor mom Missy Ward visited us last week. While she was here a young man that I have known for 5 years came to Esther's House needing help. Many of you who follow my blog know that when I first came to El Salvador I came through a different ministry which closed its houses down about 2 years ago. This young man lived in one of those houses. He is a true orphan and has no family to speak of. As a temporary fix when his house closed he moved into a local rehabilitation home even though he didn't fit the profile. Thankful for a place to stay and food on the table every day he made the best of his situation until that home also closed down. For the last 5 or 6 months he found himself living in a church. Little by little he became more and more frustrated with his circumstances and began to pray for direction. He asked God if He could bless him with a better life; a more independent life. This young man found his way to my office and asked if we could help. At our first meeting I advised the young man to return to the church where he was living, talk to his pastor, and pray some more. I also needed time to pray for direction. I also needed to ask God to provide for this young man. While I was discussing the situation with Missy, she made a statement that rang very true to me. While Esther's House works specifically with young mothers, Missy said "Change in this country has to begin with the men." We work hard to teach these young mothers to be godly mothers and to become independent thinkers. However, they live in a male dominated society. Missy is right. Unless we teach these young men to love and serve God and to respect the women who are along side of them nothing will change here. While Esther's House is dedicated to working with the young women and children in this country, Esther's Heart Ministry is devoted to bringing about change through this younger generation. When this young man returned to my office 3 days later he said he was sure he needed to leave his church. He said he felt God's peace. We talked to Eduardo who is one of our sponsor children (although not a child anymore as he just celebrated his 20th birthday). Eduardo welcomed Rikardo into his little room that he rents. As a ministry we had to find our nitch. People always want to know what our purpose is. Our purpose specifically is to work with young mothers and children. We don't technically have a place for Rikardo in our ministry. He is too old to join the sponsor program. He is obviously not a young mother or a child. However, God brought this young man into my life and has kept him in my life for 5 years. I know there is a reason for that. So why not help him? Why not step outside of our box. We are dedicated to making change here and while we are focused primarily in helping the children here, why not answer God's call when it comes? We often speak about the future of our ministry and we would love to one day open a home similar to Esther's House for teen boys. So far that hasn't happened. However, Oscar and I (more Oscar than me) find ourselves working with more and more young men who have been orphaned, have no family, but want to succeed in their lives. We are truly honored that God continues to entrust us with His children. We are committed, as a ministry, to help those that God brings to us.