Casa Hogar

May 2, 2019
Dear friends and family,
It’s been another crazy month or so since I wrote the last update. 
At the end of March, I received news that my grandfather, my mom's dad, was in the hospital and shortly after had passed away from septic.  Jony offered to take care of the kids for a week and told me I should go home to be with my family for the funeral.  I was able to get a ticket to fly home the next day and spent a week with my family. It was a little strange traveling alone and being in the states without my husband and 4 kids. The last time I had been in the states like that was in 2007, right before I got married. Though the circumstances weren’t ideal, it was a really blessed time where I was able to see relatives that I hadn’t seen in over 12 years, see my new nephew, and spend some time with my parents. The week flew by and I was soon back home with my family who, was so happy to see me again.
A few weeks ago Juanita, a 50 yr old lady who has been in service with us in the Casa Hogar from the beginning and particularly with us here in Tlaxiaco for 3 years or so, woke up with a lot of pain. She has had problems with her gallbladder in the past and so she was positive that it was her gallbladder again. We had to take her into town to see a Dr. who quickly told us that she would need surgery. It looked like she had problems with stones in her gallbladder and they needed to be removed. Being that her family and our trustworthy Dr. was in Huajuapan, we decided it would be best for her to be treated in Huajuapan. So she was taken there where they ran more tests and ended up doing an endoscopic surgery which became a more complicated surgery than expected when they realized that what looked like stones were actually an infection. After some major complications she made it out of surgery and was in the hospital until she was stable enough to be released. It is truely a miracle that she is alive. She is now awaiting the next step from the dr.  They need the infection to be cleared so that they can remove the gallbladder. She is on a strict diet and is still in Huajuapan at least til the 20th of May, when she has her next appointment and will see what the Dr. has to say.  In the mean time, she is now helping out at the Casa Hogar in Huajuapan.  Here we are holding down the fort with Lucero, the girl from Huajuapan who came to stay with us back in January.  We have also began teaching 2 of the boys how to cook and help out in the kitchen, which are life essentials. 
Right after Juanita had left to Huajuapan, we had one week to prepare for our annual family camp, where we host around 200 people, all who camp out in tents on our lawn.  Plus we had just redone the kitchen counters and part of the dining room by tiling them, so that was finished up at the beginning of the week and we had only a few days for clean up.  We also killed two pigs in the time period to have ready for the meals during camp.  
That weekend we received 200 people, had games, worship, a campfire, hiking, etc. It’s funny how much work can go into an event that seems to fly by and be over before we know it. That same weekend we were also heading to Huajuapan for the weekend and had a Sunday full of events as we had church service along with baptisms and then a worship service in the night. 
Along with all this excitement, we also have had our share of ups and downs with the boys we care for and we took in one extra for 5 days before he went back to be with his dad.  It truely has been a wild ride this year.. a year like none other.. Amidst all that has been going on we have one thing that is constant and never changing to hold on to and that is Jesus. We know that even through the craziness he has a plan and is at work in our lives, refining us and teaching us new things.  We ask for your prayers to cover us and the Casa Hogar. This year we can really see a battle going on here more than any other time. So your prayers are needed and play a part in the victory God will have through this all. Just now the verse in 2 Corinthians 4:8-9  came to my mind which reads “ We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed but not driven to despair. We are hunted down but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.”
Which then leads me to this verse that sticks out in the same chapter, verse 17-18  “For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on the things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot are will last forever.”  Amen. God is good and we all need to keep our eyes fixed on Him no matter what circumstances we find ourselves in. Thank you for standing with us! God bless you!
Amber and Jony Cruz


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