Hector spent his life trying to get his father's approval, but nothing he did ever measured up.
As a child, he saw his brothers brow-beaten by an overly-demanding father. He said to himself, "I want to be the son my father has been hoping for."
Sadly, Hector didn't succeed. His father took all he had to offer, and demanded even more.
But thankfully, others stepped in to provide Hector with the approval that his father couldn't give him. An older brother became a father-figure while he was around. And the Vida Schools became a place of refuge and hope for him, where he experienced the love of his heavenly Father - love that didn't have to be earned.
After graduation, Les & Rita invited Hector to be a teacher in the Vida schools, and then a principal. And Hector began to learn what it meant to share God's father-love with the students in his care. Today, as the pastor, he continues to show the love of God to children and adults who are lacking the approval of their earthly father. And he is seeing how God heals their hearts.
Hector has seen healing in his own heart too. "I forgave my father" says Hector, acknowledging that "it was hard." But God is a worker of miracles, and Hector and his father have been reconciled.
God is continuing to heal hearts in Guatemala. Through godly leaders like Hector, through teachers in the Vida Schools, through hugs and prayers and words of encouragement.
"Thank you," Hector kept saying:
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