Teens With a Purpose

Wiping fingers full of boogers off on pink toilet paper, frantically cradling and cooing at screaming babies during naptime, fending off hoards of toddlers from yanking at my hair… these are a few of the many “locuras” that make up my daily job. I’m utterly enchanted by it. Jordyn Beaty, one of my dearest friends, and I serve as volunteers in two different guarderías (daycares) throughout the week, both of which are projects within the social program branch of Fundación Arco Iris. One guardería is located in one of the poorest neighborhoods in the city of La Paz, while 90% of the children in the other guardería is the child of a prostitute. Some of these kids physically have nothing, and many of them are mistreated at home, yet rarely does one see a face light up with such intense joy over a simple box of legos as I do every day when I bring the toys out to the children. Just the other day, I couldn’t help but melt as, the minute I sat down against the wall, a mass amount of little kids fought their way for the place on my lap. I learn so much from every child; despite the seemingly loveless lives many of them lead, their love for one another and the guardería volunteers simply oozes out of them. Sometimes I just can’t believe that my day-to-day job is hanging out with outrageously adorable kids all day. We paint, we laugh, we cry, we nap, we eat, we jump, we play, we have the time of our lives in the guarderías.

-Brie Broyles

Teens with a purpose are powerful and effective. They are motivating and inspiring, filled with passion and unquestionable zeal and energy that is

absolutely contagious. The HOPE team would be sorely lacking without the fire that Brie Broyles and Jordyn Beaty provide. Their commitment and love for the children is obvious each day when they walk in to the day care to the sound of children cheering their arrival. Their love will leave handprints on these children’s hearts forever.

-Lin Beaty

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5 thoughts on “Teens With a Purpose

  1. Hi Brie and Teens With a Purpose, please be cautious of “enchantment” and sorceries – Harry Potter books and the like as they lead one into the kingdom of darkness: “Stand now with thine enchantments, and with the multitude of thy sorceries, wherein thou hast laboured from thy youth; if so be thou shalt be able to profit, if so be thou mayest prevail. Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels. Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee” (Isaiah 47:12,13). Also, “When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nation. There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch. Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necro-mancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abdominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee. Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy God. For these nations, which thou shalt possess, hearkened unto observers of times, and unto diviners: but as for thee, the LORD thy God hath not suffered thee so to do. The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken (Deuteronomy 18:9-15). Please be careful and do take care. With love, O

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