Susan Clarkson Keller is someone who has a caring heart for the children of “God’s Littlest Lambs Children’s Home.” In fact, she is the “mother” who took them all in and began to love them like God loves them. She had prepared the way for God’s love to reach the children of San Buenaventure, Honduras by providing, through The LAMB Institute, a large rented house on the outskirts of town and by taking in orphans who had no one to care for them. She is now the US Board chair and recently had her vision for those children well within her sights. The Institute had purchased 30 beautiful acres in the rural area of San Buenaventura, about 45 minutes outside of Tegucigalpa. Housing would be provided that would accommodate the 45 children and more! The rest of the parts of the Institutes’ ministry would remain in the city. They have a missionary training program, a daycare, school and an avenue to provide community assistance as well. Phase I began for the preparing of the property leading to the cottages for the children, as well as the chapel. And then the actual drilling for a good water supply would begin.
As far as anyone knew, water supply would be ample and confidently, the drilling began. Then came the verdict-no water. How could that be? Questions begin to surface in Keller’s mind: “Lord, isn’t this where you wanted us? Then people started praying fervently. Once again, after a second attempt at drilling, last spring, using satellite technology, the engineers came up dry! What a disappointment! All of those involved in this project were certain water was available there. Bringing in water from the city cost $50 every other day. The prayers continued with the continuous refrain, “Lord you are the Living Water.” “What are you up to?”
Then an “angel” came into the picture–Rosangel, that is. She coordinates the CAP program (Community Assistance Program). Like many other of the employees at the Lamb Institute, Rosangel, grew up in poverty. A single mom and a compassionate Christian lady, she works very hard to see that the poorest of the poor have food, shelter and medicine. Through her friendship with a friend in the US Army Corps of Engineers, the Lamb Institute was advised to seek a grant from them to help find water. However, they had already been to public officials, the First Lady’s Office and any and all “experts” with no results. Could it be that God’s ways are not our ways? Yes! Rosangel was like Queen Ester in Scripture that interceded for her people to the king in the book of Ester in Scripture. Rosangel was an unlikely choice-in man’s eyes-to intercede, but like Ester, she was brave and courageous. And more than anything else, she obeyed God.
“God’s Littlest Lambs” received a grant of $150,000! The US Army Corps of Engineers are going to make it happen in the town of San Buenaventura with God’s guidance. As believers, we are asked to pray. The children have been taking baths from a bucket-a warm one, only once weekly! It has been cold over the winter months. Laundry for 50 children with little water has been a challenge for the staff. Yet, most of the world’s children live without water. God is good and faithful…all the time!
For more information on this Lamb Intitute water project for these orphans and, perhaps, how you can help, go to www.dioceseofsc.org or phone: (843) 772-4075.
Jubilate Deo, Episcopal Diocese of SC., Charleston, SC