There is no joy in her eyes. She has become a lifeless soul that wanders the streets. She is a lost soul looking for hope.
I first met precious Gabby on the streets of Tegucigalpa, alone, afraid and addicted on the ornate concrete slabs of the Catholic Church and in the direct view of the statue of Jesus that is so evident in this capital city. Surrounded by religion, and religious icons, but suffering in the shadow of the church.
It would seem that Gabby’s only friend is the bottle of glue which she has to sniff, her most prized possession, her security and yet she remains very unprotected.
She truly is unprotected. She has been recently raped, and still has the permanent scar from the punch she received from her abuser.
Why is she is this position? She was simply born in the bad area, in a family that chose not to love her, to allow abuse to happen to her and any life has been beaten out of her.
When we saw her on Wednesday night, she couldn’t sit up straight, couldn’t get words to come out of her mouth, couldn’t hold a cup to get a drink of juice and couldn’t eat the food, so we helped her. Her feet had sores on them, her size three shoes didn’t fit her size seven feet. I looked around and saw people that looked at her as nothing more than an object, only a useless and worthless….
Why has Gabby impacted me so much? You see a few nights earlier Gabby was a little more present and I asked her if she would ever leave the streets, if she wanted a new life. As tears welled up in her eyes, she nodded and said, “Yes”
As one of our team members said. “Gaby has impacted me because we are the same age. I could be her friend if we lived in the same area. Because of her upbringing and my upbringing, our lives would likely be very different if the roles were reversed. I could be Gabby.”
We will be delivering Gabby size seven shoes this week. I just want to love her through her incredible pain and help her be all she was created to be.
James 1:27 says ” pure and undefiled religion in the sight of God is to take care of ORPHANS and widows in their distress and keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”
We must stop investing in buildings and statues at the expense of investing in people.