In July of 2016, Harvest sent a team to Guatemala to serve at the Agua Viva Orphanage. Some members of Harvest have served and supported Agua Viva for nearly 20 years! Greg Diaz, Pastor of Nueva Direccion, saw that Harvest sent a team to an orphanage in Guatemala and wanted to see if there was any connection between two of his church members who grew up at an orphanage in Guatemala. Greg couldn't believe it when he learned our partnership is with Agua Viva, as that is the orphanage Nueva Direccion members, Freddy and Paola, grew up in!
Freddy Tims went to Agua Viva when he was 5 years old. While at the ophanage, a family from Brownsville, TN cultivated a relationship with Freddy and maintained that for 10 years until they adopted him at the age of 15 and brought him to the US. Freddy married his wife, Paola, who also grew up at Agua Viva; they now have a child of their own. Harvest Members, Tyler & Rachel Salyer, lead a team to Guatemala every year to this Orphanage. Tyler was able to connect with Freddy and celebrate God's goodness of what he has done at the Orphanage in Guatemala.
We celebrate that in adoption we see the God's heart for children that will grow up to be adults and are reminded that we have been adopted by God!