Thursday, August 1, 2019
Imagine that from the time you can remember you have been hungry. Your mother is rarely home because she has to work to support you and your three younger siblings. You try to scour for food in garbage cans or steal from stores when you can. When your mother is home, she is too tired to help you with any schoolwork. Often, she is strung out on drugs or alcohol. She brings home different men that are very mean to you and your siblings and often hurt you. So, you don’t stay home...
at Thursday, August 1, 2019
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
A seven year old boy comes into foster care because he was found living on the streets with his drug addicted mother. Eating out of garbage cans, begging or stealing what he can, he tries to survive. He is a frequent victim of physical and sexual abuse. He was taken by authorities and placed in the government system. There he was given multiple diagnoses, including schizophrenia (due to his many nightmares), ADHD and oppositional defiant. Placed in one of the group homes I...
at Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Friday, March 1, 2019
Pablo (name changed) is seven years old. He lives with his three siblings and mother in the city dump. Literally in the dump. I don’t know his mother’s story or how she came to be a drug addict or prostitute. But I know she carved out a hole in the local landfill big enough to make a “room” for her and her four children. Pablo comes every day to “Arms of Love,” one of the ministries I serve in Mexico, to receive his only healthy meal....
at Friday, March 1, 2019
Friday, December 21, 2018
Usually, Ximena and I write our update together, although I do the writing and Ximena is in charge of the pictures. So we think through what has gone on, I start writing, and Ximena starts trying to find pictures (even though we leave out quite a bit, since we can't always find pictures!). After we piece everything together, we read through it and make any changes (especially since I have a bad memory!) before we post it. But this time, Ximena wanted to share something directly from...
at Friday, December 21, 2018
Monday, December 3, 2018
We usually start each update by looking at the previous month’s update, just so we know where to start. As we were reading the last update, there were a few sentences that stuck out: “So these past few weeks have been a little crazy. It feels like we have been in planes, trains, and automobiles (pun intended!) a lot, but honestly the deep relationships that we have formed and continue to form have made it all worth it.” Wow! We weren’t ready for what was next…so...
at Monday, December 3, 2018
Saturday, December 1, 2018
Merry Christmas! This is Wayne writing again this year. As always, it’s been a very busy year for the Sneed family. I feel like I say that every year. And every year I think, “Next year it’s just got to slow down some.” And every year it doesn’t. Please tell me it won’t be like this forever! In truth, we love our life. It’s full and constantly alive with something new. We’re...
at Saturday, December 1, 2018
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
“He has sent Me to preach the gospel to the poor, give sight to the blind, proclaim release to the captives, heal the brokenhearted and proclaim the favorable year of the Lord” (Luke 4:18).
This verse has helped me crystalize what I believe to be my life calling. I am so compelled by Jesus’ mission statement. His message was about the eternal Kingdom of God, but he explained it by showing its application to peoples’ material, physical, emotional and spiritual...
at Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Sunday, October 7, 2018
Thank you so much to those who have been praying for us the past month! It has been great to be asked how things are going and to know that there are people out there who are thinking and praying for us daily. We have needed it as this past month has been filled with travel and some crazy experiences. We do have a very important request that you can be praying for at the end in this update.
Well, right before the beginning of September, we were able to celebrate Ximena’s...
at Sunday, October 7, 2018
Friday, September 7, 2018
Summer is over! It is really sad to see it go, as we had some really beautiful times as a family, but all good things must come to an end. We are still trying to hold onto the hot weather for as long as we can!!! (Although not holding onto it as tight as these girls were the frogs...don't worry, no frogs were harmed!)
Two of the coolest things that happen every year at the beginning of July are the 4 th and Santiago’s birthday. Usually, we are either out of the country or...
at Friday, September 7, 2018
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
These past few months have been a little bit chaotic, which might be the reason that this update has been so long in the making! But we are beginning to learn a major lesson in our lives, which we want to share with you guys through events that have happened these past few weeks.
One of the biggest events of the year for Richard was the planning and execution of the Orphanos Training Retreat in Dallas, TX. It is an event where we have our missionaries from all over the globe come...
at Tuesday, July 24, 2018