Farmofthechild.org is the name of the organization that provides care for local orphaned Honduran children. Missionaries from around the world apply and discern for positions there - medical and education in nature. Their commitment is for about two years. They must raise their own funds of approximately $15,000 to live and work at La Finca del Niño. About 12 missionaries live in a community house where they eat, sleep, and live.
Food and propane for cooking are rationed, meat protein is offered twice per week, and there is minimal opportunity for Internet service. The children live in "casas" on the property that are "parented" by "Tias" with same age groups of same sex "niños".
Kit, Kevin, Natalie, and Laura - who currently live and work at Finca - warmly welcomed us and freely shared their "stories". They believe that when we share our stories, we can bring to others an awareness about this part of the world and feelings of compassion for the people we are here to help. They struggle daily with the purpose of suffering. Redemptive suffering versus why do I see it if I cannot help... because at home you can just "change the channel" if you see suffering. They see physical and mental abuse, extreme neglect as well as alcohol and drug problems.
Prayer is very important to this Catholic Lay Apostolate Group and they would say that their spiritual life is on "fast forward". They live in a Mission House named after St. Therese - a saint who inspires us to help others "in little ways".