“Tú eres especial” (You Are Special)

By Noelle Broyles
“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring- all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”
“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”
“Thoughtless words can wound deeply, but wisely spoken words can heal.”
 “Worry weighs a person down, but an encouraging word cheers a person up.”
 “Encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today.”
All the above quotes from the Bible and other inspirational authors remind us that kind words and actions can forever change a person’s life for the good.

This past weekend the HOPE worldwide-Bolivia team and members of the La Paz Church of Christ hosted a time of genuine encouragement called “Tú eres especial” for the moms (and their children) within Casa de Refugio, as well as for the girls within the orphanage of Niñas de Obrajes. On Saturday, the moms and kids from Refugio snuggled up together in the Broyles’ living room to read the book entitled “Tú eres especial” by Max Lucado. This book beautifully portrays how unique and special every person is to God, and how we each possess wonderful attributes. Afterwards the moms were served a delicious lunch, received a special gift and we shared with them about their unique and special character qualities. Similarly, on Sunday afternoon, the girls within the Niñas de Obrajes orphanage gathered together to hear John Basilio read this book to remind them of God’s love for them all. Each girl received a small gift while positive character qualities were shared about them in front of all the other girls.

The girls within these two homes are either orphans, or have experienced some form of abuse and abandonment. They battle with feelings of loneliness, hopelessness, and low self-esteem. HOPEworldwide–Bolivia treasures opportunities such as this past weekend to plant seeds of truth into the hearts and minds of these young people. Prayerfully, these seeds will blossom over time, ultimately enabling the girls to believe with confidence how truly special and valuable they are.


2 thoughts on ““Tú eres especial” (You Are Special)

  1. This makes me SO happy!!! I love seeing the pictures and I love thinking about Tu eres especial… truly an amazing book 🙂 I love yall dearly and continue to pray all the time for your impact there. I miss you so very much and adore hearing all the updates.

  2. Keep the joy of loving the poor and share this joy with all you meet. Remember works of love are works of peace, God Bless you. Mother Teresa..We love you and inspired by seeing Jesus in you all. Marvin and Priscilla Baxter

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