By Pablo Villagran-
I was raised in a Christian family without knowing Christ in a genuine way. I had the head knowledge of His Word and His ways. Instead of living in a relationship with Him, I was merely living “religion.” When I was 14, God touched my heart in a very real way. I was alone in my room praying when His presence touched me. That was the day my life changed, and I began to walk in relationship with Him.
Jesus has been my everything! Without Him I’m nobody. His grace, mercy, and love are the most amazing things anyone can ever experience.
I came to Dorie’s Promise because Heather Radu used to be my neighbor and I am good friends with her son Ryan. She told me that she needed someone who could help her with part of the communication work at the orphanage.
I believe this was God’s plan. He has been good to me! I feel so blessed to be involved with the ministry at Dorie’s Promise.
Recently, I’ve stepped up into the position of Mission Director. So far my experience has been awesome and unique. I have been learning many things from God in this position. He is what motivates me time after time to give my best.
The missions program is all about the Kingdom. We do not do good things — instead, we do God’s things, and those things have a purpose in His kingdom. When we talk about His kingdom, it boils down to one thing: people. In our program, we love all the people of Guatemala and those serving with us, but most of all we love forgotten children. We believe, as the book of Matthew 6:33 says: “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” His Kingdom is what motivates us every day.
The children at Dorie’s Promise are the essence of the organization.
The experience of spending my time and energy with these kids is amazing. Sometimes I ask God, Why am I in this great place?
Is it because of my skill or abilities? No. I know it is because of the willingness in my heart to serve in His kingdom and nothing more.
It is amazing to get to know and serve with followers of Christ from around the U.S. Even more than that, it’s a privilege. Many of them have touched me and my team. They are always willing to serve and love our children. From the beginning of our time together, we understand that the mission trip is all about Jesus — His love, grace, mercy, and righteousness.
This experience has marked my life and has taught me that a real relationship with Christ is enough for my life. So for me it is journey, and an adventure, with many challenges and great blessing.
Get to know Pablo and the children at our home by coming on a mission trip to Dorie’s Promise. Our trips are great for families, youth groups, small groups or individuals. Check out our handy mission guide for more info.