Face of my Father

Rostro Del Padre AC

Face of My Father Children´s Home is a home for orphaned, abandoned, and abused children in San Marcos, Jalisco, Mexico, offering children a new beginning and a safe, loving environment where they can grow and thrive .  The home received it´s first child in May of 2009.  It has room for up to 10 children at a time, girls and boys, and as of 2014 has cared for 17 different children.  It is a Mexican Civil Association and is sustained purely by donations and child sponsors.

Christmas Celebrations

We had a wonderful Christmas season, full of everything that makes it special.  The children participated in Christmas plays, we had many visitors, gave many gifts, and celebrated advent every night leading up to the big day.  Here are some highlights:

Pastorela at the Special Education school

Pastorela at the Special Education school

Toño, Juan, and Miguel had parts in their school´s traditional Mexican Christmas play, called a "Pastorela.

Church Christmas performance "¿Papá Noel o Cristo?"

Church Christmas performance "¿Papá Noel o Cristo?"

All of the children in the Home and the other children from church also performed a Christmas play, entitled "¿Papá Noel o Cristo?"  It was a take-off of the tv games show "Family Feud" and contrasted the things that people normally think about at Christmas time with the real meaning, Jesus coming to earth.

Christmas eve with dear friends

Christmas eve with dear friends

The traditional Christmas meal is served on Christmas eve, and this year we were blessed to be visited by some dear friends from Autlán, Jalisco.  We shared a turkey dinner and stayed up late playing games and chatting.  

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Christmas morning was started with breakfast and then a reading of the birth of Jesus in the kid´s new Bibles.

Miguel gets just what he had asked for, an MP3 player

Miguel gets just what he had asked for, an MP3 player

Then the gift opening started; cheers and wows, thank you´s and laughter for the next half hour, ending with some very happy kids.

Katia gives it a wack

Katia gives it a wack

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Piñatas and spray-snow topped off the celebrations.  So much fun on such a special day.  Merry Christmas everyone!