The past few months have been exciting with lots of moving forward. The Mango Home finally received our government license to operate and officially accept girls into our home! It took 11 months to receive this, which I now know is extremely fast (many people take 1-2 years to get their license) even though it felt like a long and grueling process to me. We received our license on my birthday, which was a fun surprise and probably the best birthday gift I have ever received.
We accepted “L” into the Mango Family on September 7th. She is 16 years old and we found out about her in April and agreed to accept her when we received our license. “L” is full of joy and laughter. She loves playing volleyball, the guitar, board games, going for walks, and just sitting and chatting. “L” struggles in school more than we expected so we plan to homeschool her so she can get the one-on-one attention she needs with her school work. She is interested in learning to play the violin and guitar, so we are looking for a teacher for her. Thank you to Lisa and Jeff from my home church for finding a violin for me to bring back to the Philippines.
On September 27th, we accepted “V.” “V” is 17 years old (almost 18). When I heard about her case, I knew that we could not accept her into our home because of our license restriction on the ages/types of girls we can accept. We felt burdened by her case so we worked hard to try and find the best placement for her since we could not take her. After a couple weeks of praying, calling multiple agencies, and a lot of waiting, nothing came up as a good option for her. We felt like there were no other options for her but we could not just drop it. She was staying in the office of a government social worker for two weeks which is heartbreaking. Our social worker suggested that we just try and call DSWD (the government sector that is over our license) and ask them if they would make an exception. I told our social worker to go ahead but I honestly thought it wouldn’t get us any further. She called and to my extreme surprise, they told us if there is no other place, go ahead and take her. All we needed to do was submit a letter to change a detail on our license. You hear a lot of stories of God moving mountains like this but when you actually experience it yourself, it is amazing.
Every single piece of paperwork, all the permits, and the long waiting for things to be approved have been hard during this whole license process. Like really hard and to see God make this so simple, shows His love for this precious 17-year-old who needs a safe family where she is loved and cherished. I am still in awe of how God worked in this situation. “V” is quite but is starting to warm up. She loves to read, play basketball, and is gifted at sewing. We went shopping to get her some new clothes and she came home and hemmed her new jeans herself. I know I sure can’t do that! I am excited to see “V” thrive here and am looking forward to getting to know her better. “V” is in a court case and will be testifying in a few weeks. Please keep her in your prayers as she prepares for this terrifying day.
Thank you to everyone who has prayed for my mom. I was able to spend two months in the States with her after her surgery. She just finished all her radiation treatments and is doing really well!! I loved my time in the States being able to be with my family and also speaking at a few churches to fundraise and share about The Mango Home. I also was able to be in my best friend, Shelby’s wedding in June! It was a blessed trip.