Estefano is excited for Christmas, because it brings him closer to his friends and family and makes him hopeful for the future. December 15, 2018 - Honduras
Estefano participates regulary in the church, and says that his faith plays an important role in his life.
The countdown to Christmas is starting and what better way to begin the season than by remembering the meaning and values that make it so special? During Advent, the four weeks leading up to Christmas, we get the opportunity to commemorate the coming of Christ. Each week is important, which helps us to remember the essence of the holiday season and put the principles that we learn at NPH into practice.
One theme that spans the Christmas season, the story of Jesus, and the joy of the holiday, is hope: The act of waiting with great expectation for something to happen. During Christmas, we recognize the faith that early Christians kept while anticipating the arrival of Christ and use that as a guide for our daily lives and our hopes for the future. Although hoping for things unseen can be difficult and a real exercise in patience, it is comforting and provides the power to persevere.
“For me, hope is having faith that we can achieve something” says Estefano,* a loving and responsible 15-year-old boy living in our main residential home. He says that hope gives him the motivation to reach his goals. Since joining our family in 2007 along with his older sister, Ada,* Estefano has been dreaming of becoming an agricultural engineer, owning a ranch, having his own family, moving to Nicaragua— and becoming rich, but not for the reasons you’d think. “I want to have a lot of money so that I can help children in different countries who are living in the streets,” he explains with a laugh.
In sharing and helping others, he wants to offer them hope, much like the type that he receives through practicing his faith. “Religion plays a very important role in my life, I attend mass, study theology, and help the religious department.” Oftentimes, he refers to his favorite bible chapter, Psalms 91, because it provides refuge to those who exercise their faith during times of suffering and offers assurance of a brighter future.
During the holiday season, Estefano says that he looks forward to participating in all the fun activities at NPH Honduras, as well as “vacation from school, receiving gifts, and decorating the homes.” But what makes the holiday season special is that it is a reminder to practice forgiveness and unconditional love. “Christmas means spending time with friends and family and having a good time.”
“NPH has given me a lot of hope because it offers many opportunities, especially through education.” Estefano’s faith is helping him to be grateful for what he has received, for love, for family, and for an education, and it keeps him hopeful for what is yet to come.
*Names changed for privacy purposes.
Arielle Augustin Communications Officer
You may be only one person in the world, but you may be all the world to one child.
—Fr. William Wasson