Friends, I'm sad to add this post that Selso has run away back to the streets again. Almost two weeks ago actually, but I have been behind in blogging, and it wasn't until I saw him on Friday begging at a street corner that I remembered I hadn't told you all about it. He ran from us (Pedro was in the car with me) which broke my heart. It's hard to love a boy and raise him for two years and have him run from you, even if I can understand a little from his point of view why. We still want to be his friend, even if that means quick visits on the street.
We will not use force to bring him back and it isn't decided whether he would even be allowed back if he wanted to come. You see, this time, he took four boys with him. He even tried to get our new seven-year old, Gaspar, to go with him. He knew having a little one would bring in more money. So, since he's posing a temptation to others, we will have to use great wisdom in deciding if he can come back if he seeks us out.
But the members of our street ministry team, myself and the other missionaries who see him in the city - we all want to keep in touch with him, bless him and pray for him and see how the Lord wants to use us to help Selso. How I wish he would choose to love and follow Jesus and entrust his life to His hands.
Please keep praying for him!
(This gorgeous photo of Selso was taken by my friend and Iris visitor, David Ford. Looking at it makes me cry. Anyway, David's website, davidford.com.au, has lots of amazing photos of our children, as well as many others. I want to make sure and give him credit for his talents!)