by Aaron Peiffer, volunteer in Argentina
“Heart’s Home from the beginning has specifically sought to bring a presence of compassion to impoverished and neglected children. Although here in Argentina we minister to all - families, the elderly, adults, youth, etc. – the children still occupy a special place in our mission. In our work with the children we seek to aid them and their parents as appropriate in their spiritual and human development. Sometimes this entails tutoring the children, cooking with them, or an afternoon art lesson. Other times this entails a visit to their parents, a time of prayer, or some catechesis. In all things our friendship with the children here requires much patience, love, prayer and confidence.
Sometimes it’s hard to imagine how these children will escape the trappings of the villa later in their lives – the violence, the drugs, the immorality, the religious indifference, and the broken families. Yet I know that our role here is not insignificant nor are the difficulties insurmountable, although 14 months or a few afternoons every month may seem like nothing to help a wayward or struggling child already laden with years of neglect. Regardless, we pray for them, love them, and entrust them to God knowing that no act of charity is ever wasted in His eyes. For many of the children here, the religious, the sacred, the transcendent, and the divine are not something they consciously encounter on a daily or even weekly basis through their families and living environments. Yet many of them retain a strong religious sense; a longing for the divine and an openness to questions of faith. I know that we are planting seeds in the hearts of these little ones that, Lord willing, will one day sprout forth in life eternal.”