Children of Hope


This story from Mexico comes directly from Jeremy & Ana Van Beelen, the missionaries serving at Pan de Vida in Queretaro.

“Two months ago, a 14-year-old girl came to Pan de Vida. Ana, my wife, is the one who reviews the child cases and decides who can come and who can’t. She felt lead to let this child come to the children’s home even though she was older than the 12-year-old age limit. Upon arrival, Ana realized that no one told her about the girl’s disability. Her muscular dystrophy would need a lot of special attention.

Pan de Vida started to look for medical treatments. She went to the Shriners hospital in Mexico City to be examined, but they couldn’t do tests because her mother had to sign off on them. The girls’ mother was 12 when she had her, so she was never wanted. 

God had a plan for all of this; this is when he really brought things together. As a children’s home you build contacts with other homes all over Mexico. Through these contacts, an American missionary family working in Mexico stepped forward and said that they would like to adopt her. The family made this decision without even meeting her, knowing this was the will of God for their lives. They had already adopted one other disabled kid and in the Mexican state they live in, it is easy to adopt disabled children. As of last Tuesday (10/6), this girl was united with her new family. God used Pan de Vida as a vehicle to make this happen. We are very humbled to have been a part of this amazing blessing in the life of this girl. Thank you Lord for your hand of love over this child!”