dscf3574Mexico is such a modern, developed place that in many respects reminded me of America – but high unemployment rates have cities grappling with spikes in poverty and crime.

As a result, there are many children who have been abused, neglected, or flat-out abandoned by family members in distress. In several cases, the parents are unable to care for their children because they are incarcerated.

Children without families to help keep them safe, healthy, and to make sure they’re going to school often find themselves involved with drugs and crime. It’s because of this that Luis and I so loved to see the Sisters step in and fill the void.

dscf3398At homes like Hogar Santa Maria, Hogar Santa Ines, Mexiquito, and La Luz, it was the Sisters who were there for the children, providing not only support and guidance but real and moving affection, too. These parental figures provide the structure and consistency that help kids bloom into a generation that can positively impact its country. They foster a loving, nurturing environment where the children have adults to depend on and other children to play with.

Together, they’ve made a family.

After ten days of traveling through Mexico, I’m looking forward to returning home to see my own family. I can’t help but think about how fortunate I am to have them. I will not soon forget the stunning beauty of the Sierra Madre Mountains in Monterrey or the fragrant lime trees that filled Mexiquito – but it is the power of human kindness that is truly a marvel.