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Answering Compassion's Call

ANSWERING COMPASSION   S CALL
The Serrano Family     I am always reminded of how our Heavenly Father gets things done. It is not about buildings, homes,...
ANSWERING COMPASSION   S CALL A Story of God   s Call to Help Those in Desperate Need  AMY SERRANO     Pure religion and u...
Answering Compassion   s Call   2020 by Worldwide Heart to Heart Ministries All Rights Reserved. For information contact W...
Dedication To My Heroes     The amazing, resilient children of Honduras. They have suffered much and are the forgotten one...
Contents  Dedication _______________________________________ v Contents ______________________________________ vii Forewor...
CONTENTS  13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22  A Year of Famine _________________________ 113 A Year of Amazing Firsts _________...
Foreword  A life that blesses others goes on forever. Amy Marie Serrano, beloved wife of Oscar Serrano, beloved mother of ...
FOREWORD  this bed to help, I may as well get something done     And indeed, she did  Whenever she had a few minutes over ...
FOREWORD  Her wisdom was beyond her years, and I know it came straight from the mind of Christ, because she stayed intimat...
FOREWORD  Amy Serrano and her sibling in Louisiana  Siblings reunited in Louisiana. Connie Pearce, Amy Serrano, Ken Rills,...
Introduction    And as for thy nativity, in the day thou wast born thy navel was not cut, neither wast thou washed in wate...
INTRODUCTION  shows us this compassion, so that we can bring that compassion to others. The ministry   s guiding scripture...
1 Oscar   s Story    Then thou spakest in vision to thy holy one, and saidst, I have laid help upon one that is mighty  I ...
AMY SERRANO  putting food on the table is a challenge, and much of the population over the age of thirty is illiterate. Fe...
ANSWERING COMPASSION   S CALL  and prayed that the Lord would show him His will. In 1994 Park West Children   s fund, now ...
AMY SERRANO  he clearly heard the voice of the Lord telling him it was not over  he needed to keep believing. Oscar decide...
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2 The Early Years    For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, ...
AMY SERRANO  forward as normal. But Oscar continued to say to me,    Amy, if we are going to live here in the US and make ...
ANSWERING COMPASSION   S CALL  ideas were tossed around, we settled on    Haven of Refuge   . The next day Laura and I dro...
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3 Amy   s Story    Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended  but this one thing I do, forgetting those things whic...
AMY SERRANO  the doctor planned the surgery. My mom told her sister, my aunt Callie, about her plans to have a hysterectom...
ANSWERING COMPASSION   S CALL  disappointed, but thought,    Well that figures, I can   t even kill myself right     I got...
AMY SERRANO  would be the mission field for sure. We had a visiting pastor come for a special service at our church. He ca...
ANSWERING COMPASSION   S CALL  our ministry at our main offices in San Pedro, California.    I don   t remember too many o...
AMY SERRANO  hard labor and still not make enough to feed his family. My eyes were blind, and I knew it. So, I simply pray...
ANSWERING COMPASSION   S CALL  through the garbage for anything that they could find to eat, to keep, or to sell. They had...
AMY SERRANO  You could see in her eyes the desperation and need, as she watched all the other children being cared for. Th...
ANSWERING COMPASSION   S CALL  used my child to help me see that those are His children. I sat and cried for at least 30 m...
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4 Becoming Worldwide Heart to Heart Ministries    Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them  for th...
AMY SERRANO  worse was bearing down upon Honduras, and its name was Hurricane Mitch. One of only five category-five hurric...
ANSWERING COMPASSION   S CALL  Roy and Linda Henson, thought that it would be a good idea for us to be in Honduras to rece...
AMY SERRANO  Americans had come, built the building, promised all kinds of help and then abandoned the kids. We were morti...
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5 Divine Appointments    Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee  therefore...
AMY SERRANO  period from January to March of 2000, fifty-one people headed to Honduras on various teams for what was a med...
ANSWERING COMPASSION   S CALL  see firsthand what was happening. In September of 2000, the Frenters, the Hensons, and Osca...
AMY SERRANO  had come face to face with angry cows  As they walked out onto the property, the current residents were not s...
ANSWERING COMPASSION   S CALL  Tegucigalpita, the tiny village which was the location of our new piece of property, was a ...
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6 The Waiting Is the Hardest Part    For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not l...
AMY SERRANO  out of the door  The pastor of course  Oscar tried to pull out without him noticing, but then he heard a voic...
ANSWERING COMPASSION   S CALL  mission focus of their churches. Over the next year, progress in Honduras moved slowly forw...
AMY SERRANO  I can remember the day that Oscar told me,    Amy, I think it is time for us to go down fulltime.    This was...
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7 Honduras Rising    For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heav...
AMY SERRANO  the only construction that was completed on the five-pod building was the central pod on the bottom floor. It...
ANSWERING COMPASSION   S CALL  our poster picture whenever we spoke at churches about the ministry over the next couple ye...
AMY SERRANO  in Tegucigalpita the next week. Pastor Oscar Serrano, our Worldwide Heart to Heart Ministries Honduras Nation...
ANSWERING COMPASSION   S CALL  Edgar is Finally Home In Memory of Edgar Who Posed the Question,    When Will My Home Be Re...
AMY SERRANO  We tried to find where they had taken his body, but because we were not family, the body was sent to San Pedr...
ANSWERING COMPASSION   S CALL  project. We got air mattresses, and Mary contacted some family members who provided money t...
AMY SERRANO  cook a lunch each day for about eighty to one hundred children from the slums and dump areas. A friend allowe...
ANSWERING COMPASSION   S CALL  she fell, but you knew she was covering something up. She wasn   t angry, but scared, as we...
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8 I Ran All Night     But verily God hath heard me  he hath attended to the voice of my prayer.     Psalm 66 19   One day ...
AMY SERRANO  I often thought of him and worried about him. One day, as we were serving food at the feeding program, a new ...
ANSWERING COMPASSION   S CALL  trying to get out of this     In Miguel   s life there was only one motto,    Save yourself...
AMY SERRANO  Marvin truly    grew up    at the Village and became, not just a son, but a great friend. He met a young woma...
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9 God   s Plan Is Bigger Than Our Plan       For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith t...
AMY SERRANO  could not take them into her house, because she already had fourteen people living in their very humble two-b...
ANSWERING COMPASSION   S CALL  trip to Honduras   . He told him that payment for him would be that he travel with him to H...
AMY SERRANO  building was going to get finished, and we had the pledges and promises to get it done. The team returned hom...
ANSWERING COMPASSION   S CALL  Oscar to get the girls out of there  They told him they were trying to be good boys, but th...
AMY SERRANO  Child Protective Services in the United States, told us that she was probably pregnant by her father. Iris sa...
ANSWERING COMPASSION   S CALL  part of their journey, not the whole thing. We do our best to give them all that we can, an...
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10 Will Train the Right Person    Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God  which had not obtai...
AMY SERRANO  participants in His plan. The moment we became the right people, empty of self and completely reliant on God,...
ANSWERING COMPASSION   S CALL  clothes, and means becoming a gang member. For many children growing up in gang infested co...
AMY SERRANO  to say  But God  God has always been faithful and true. The project grew each day. Throughout those years, we...
ANSWERING COMPASSION   S CALL  Things such as high blood pressure, diabetes and more profound illnesses, were out of our h...
AMY SERRANO  It is life threatening if not treated. In this condition, a child literally    poops    out their guts. When ...
ANSWERING COMPASSION   S CALL  we arrived, the father was not home, so the grandmother and the children packed their few t...
AMY SERRANO  incredibly happy spiritually. Our board members, however, were not. They were all members of the church that ...
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11 But God     And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee  for my strength is made perfect in weakness.        2...
AMY SERRANO  before we were hoping to send David to the states, a team from Washington State came to donate backpacks to k...
ANSWERING COMPASSION   S CALL  But we could not keep David in the states any longer. We would need to start the adoption p...
AMY SERRANO  reality. When we give, it usually means that we had enough to cover our own needs and wants, and only then do...
ANSWERING COMPASSION   S CALL  households is around  400- 600 per month. The idea for the event is that we dress to the ni...
AMY SERRANO  baptized. We generally don   t baptize kids under twelve, and I think that year we baptized all but one child...
ANSWERING COMPASSION   S CALL  was on one of our medical teams, she brought a group over to Roat  n for some R  R. While s...
AMY SERRANO  one year later asking for forgiveness, and we did forgive him. He finished growing up at the Village, married...
ANSWERING COMPASSION   S CALL  and left as new friends who offered their help in any way we needed. When Judge Antoinette ...
AMY SERRANO  sixteen and was about to have his life changed. Josu   always loved small children and when we went up to the...
ANSWERING COMPASSION   S CALL  a home for boys between the ages of five and twelve. But then we realized that boys usually...
AMY SERRANO  been around longer than we had and had already crossed this bridge, we decide to rent a house in Puerto Corte...
ANSWERING COMPASSION   S CALL  ministry     Mary simply smiled and said,    Okay Jim. I appreciate your honesty. Let   s s...
AMY SERRANO  spent much of her time crying, face turned to the wall, in her bed. Now, a year later, she was included in th...
ANSWERING COMPASSION   S CALL  downgraded to a category one hurricane, and by the afternoon it was only a tropical storm. ...
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12 Growing God   s Way    Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall dri...
AMY SERRANO  about Honduras. After the service, a couple and their grandson came up to her. The man said,    Do you believ...
ANSWERING COMPASSION   S CALL  further notice. Mary told him she had  500 she could send. Oscar said that would keep the c...
AMY SERRANO  the fish for a little bit of food. When we found Josu  , we asked him if he would like to live and work at th...
ANSWERING COMPASSION   S CALL  legs and arms were very skinny, but his belly and cheeks were huge, sure signs of malnutrit...
AMY SERRANO  We continued to receive teams which came to perform many different important functions for us. Almost all wen...
ANSWERING COMPASSION   S CALL  children and was throwing his medical instruments around when he was angry. Some of the old...
AMY SERRANO  Honduras, just as many very poor countries, suffers from two extremes  the very poor, and the    how-could-yo...
ANSWERING COMPASSION   S CALL  kids the    moving stairs    were something they wanted nothing to do with  Getting them to...
AMY SERRANO     Oscar what did you tell him     I was very confused because I had just spent the last thirty minutes pulli...
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13 A Year of Famine    He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty....
AMY SERRANO  years. There was not much that you can say about that place. Often the nursery consisted of two to three babi...
ANSWERING COMPASSION   S CALL  to do double time to really focus on our new kids    discipline and counseling. Half of the...
AMY SERRANO  renouncing the witchcraft that had been in her family and all the spiritual baggage that she was carrying. Af...
ANSWERING COMPASSION   S CALL  Joy was out of control. One of the house mommies noticed Joy had tried to discreetly push t...
AMY SERRANO  One thing that we strive to do here, is to make their lives as    non-institutional    as possible. Many peop...
ANSWERING COMPASSION   S CALL  stay with us, but the proceeds would go back to the kids. However, something began to becom...
AMY SERRANO  how to minister to them in smaller groups, and that seemed to be received better. It did not happen overnight...
ANSWERING COMPASSION   S CALL  more polarized, and the president was becoming more and more of a leftist, rubbing elbows w...
AMY SERRANO  Amy, a pharmacy representative from Illinois, during the connecting flight in Houston. Each of us knew maybe ...
ANSWERING COMPASSION   S CALL  exfoliating with river mud and others enjoyed the massage of sitting in the rapids. We all ...
AMY SERRANO  fast and there was little we were going to be able to do with limited medical equipment in a rural Honduran v...
ANSWERING COMPASSION   S CALL  to 104 degrees. When the Tylenol and Ibuprofen began to take effect, we knew. The baby bega...
AMY SERRANO  floor, explaining to me how well it was being made. I asked about how earthquake proof it was. It was at that...
ANSWERING COMPASSION   S CALL  only minimal damage. Some bridges were down, and streets were cracked, but other than that,...
AMY SERRANO  top of all of that, Oscar was given a court order to go before the judge to be ordered to pay  250,000 USD, o...
ANSWERING COMPASSION   S CALL  not going to let the kids down. That woman   s name was Carol Rutledge, a very brave missio...
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14 A Year of Amazing Firsts    Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find g...
AMY SERRANO  continued political problems and growing security problems. Welcome to 2010 in Worldwide Heart to Heart Minis...
ANSWERING COMPASSION   S CALL  Today, each summer, up to ten kids get to spend six to seven weeks with their sponsors in t...
AMY SERRANO  ended up being put in the public orphanage a few times. Luis had a severe case of pica, a condition that forc...
ANSWERING COMPASSION   S CALL  So that July, with the extra gift from that sponsor, we had the most beautiful, magnificent...
AMY SERRANO  Microsoft. Over the next several years, we received many state-ofthe-art computers. Today our kids in Hondura...
ANSWERING COMPASSION   S CALL  videos are shown in the lobby. Each patient is given a tract with the plan of salvation on ...
AMY SERRANO  Lutheran Church. Now our lives were crossing paths once again. The truth was we never really understood how i...
ANSWERING COMPASSION   S CALL  Our ministry was hurting financially, badly hurting, but God never wanted us to be comforta...
AMY SERRANO  credit cards and still could not get anything to eat. He told us that out on the road, only small, goldfish-s...
ANSWERING COMPASSION   S CALL  knew nothing about God, but he knew that they were trusting in God to provide. The next day...
AMY SERRANO  That year something amazing happened with one of our kids that truly showed them that God was alive and doing...
ANSWERING COMPASSION   S CALL  Down on the other end of the property was the boys    house, and the Tech School, where the...
AMY SERRANO  The year 2010, despite the financial turmoil, was an amazing year. Since we had no money, no resources, and n...
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15 Miracles Abound    Behold, I will do a new thing  now it shall spring forth  shall ye not know it  I will even make a w...
AMY SERRANO  classmates. Orientation day was always wonderful. All of the parents would go to the assembly and hear from t...
ANSWERING COMPASSION   S CALL  direction. Not only that, but Ashley Kwasney, who had been involved with H2H since coming w...
AMY SERRANO  was woken up in the middle of the night and told to go and pray for Bruce. He flew from New York to Wisconsin...
ANSWERING COMPASSION   S CALL  and hear over. All the same, many people were healed. The team also came to our Village and...
AMY SERRANO  on without a fight. As I had mentioned in previous chapters, the political situation in Honduras had gone off...
ANSWERING COMPASSION   S CALL  began to pound on my door which locks automatically. Without hesitation, Oscar gave him the...
AMY SERRANO  worries were far from over. In November of that year, just one day before Thanksgiving, I headed out to the V...
ANSWERING COMPASSION   S CALL  house. Someone who had seen the car told us that they were pretty sure they knew the owner ...
AMY SERRANO  Oscar, who was very untrusting of cops, could not decide if he was more afraid of the cop in our home, or the...
ANSWERING COMPASSION   S CALL  spirit said,    Listen to that  That is completely true     Then a few days, later I receiv...
AMY SERRANO  They came during Christmas and brought lots of cheer to our home and made cookies and homemade fudge with the...
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16 Educating Our Kids    For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against t...
AMY SERRANO  they had urgent business that they needed to discuss with him. The guards let them in and once inside, they p...
ANSWERING COMPASSION   S CALL  minutes went by and then ten. I could hear nothing, nor did anyone else come to the house. ...
AMY SERRANO  good friend, Gerardo Ramirez, a young man who Oscar and I had known since his youth. Gerardo had been to Hond...
ANSWERING COMPASSION   S CALL   5,000 a month short of our monthly needs just to maintain what we were already doing. In a...
AMY SERRANO  began in January 2012. We planned a grand opening for the school in August of 2013, because we estimated it w...
ANSWERING COMPASSION   S CALL  and on top of the situation, and to feel that we are doing the    responsible thing    with...
AMY SERRANO  unimportant. As a poor country, most Hondurans struggle with selfworth, an unfortunate side effect of being b...
ANSWERING COMPASSION   S CALL  Remember that most Hondurans live in victim mode. They see themselves as less than, and thu...
AMY SERRANO  would do, however they did come, and he did go back home to his mother. We were very sad about this and felt ...
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17 Honduras Is So Different From the USA    And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to t...
AMY SERRANO  nails you need and brings that up to the place where you will be given an order form to fill out. The person ...
ANSWERING COMPASSION   S CALL  a beautiful tropical rainforest. Honduras can receive as much as 200 inches of rain per yea...
AMY SERRANO  few weeks before the year started, we looked for housing for our volunteers and visited the rental home of a ...
18 A Testament to The Plans of God    Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God  t...
AMY SERRANO  deep-sea fisherman in Alaska. He was a far cry from a fifth and sixth grade teacher, but he was just the righ...
ANSWERING COMPASSION   S CALL  so quickly. As a result of their visit, they donated the  50,000 we needed to put the entir...
AMY SERRANO  The crusade went on and thousands came down on the field for salvation, infilling of the Holy Spirit, healing...
ANSWERING COMPASSION   S CALL  signing at an outdoor concert in Siguatepeque, Honduras, when again it stated to rain, and ...
AMY SERRANO  At that time, we did not have a freezer large enough to hold such a large animal. We had  400 dollars that ha...
ANSWERING COMPASSION   S CALL  that grows vegetables in water fertilized by fish who live in the water of the system. It w...
AMY SERRANO  two months with no school and nothing to do, it is a recipe for disaster. The school Easter break this year, ...
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19 A Peek at Christmas at the Village    And thou shalt have joy and gladness  and many shall rejoice at his birth.     Lu...
AMY SERRANO  point he become such a Scrooge, he told me the following,    Well honey, Christmas is for children. After you...
ANSWERING COMPASSION   S CALL  required to eat some of the dough and to lavishly give flour hugs to any and all participan...
AMY SERRANO  the younger girls getting prepared with polished nails and toes, braided hair and best dresses. The boys all ...
ANSWERING COMPASSION   S CALL  New Years  It begins with a very special meal of baked chicken. Then we light the bonfire, ...
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20 God   s Perfect Plan    Trust in the Lord with all thine heart  and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy w...
AMY SERRANO  Gerardo later went on to college to study music, and married Alana. He had come to Honduras many times over t...
ANSWERING COMPASSION   S CALL  Why was this happening  Why would a mother or father send their child into almost guarantee...
AMY SERRANO  his paperwork immediately. While on that visit we met two precious little girls, Alejandra and Osiris. Osiris...
ANSWERING COMPASSION   S CALL  court called and told us to come pick them up. It was awesome to walk into the orphanage th...
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21 Jubilee Coffee    But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.     Philippia...
AMY SERRANO  to study agriculture. We are excited to see what God is going to do with all of this. It was now May 2014, an...
ANSWERING COMPASSION   S CALL  event. What happened the night before the crusade was nothing short of a miracle. Over seve...
AMY SERRANO  nineteen was now working at our school as an office assistant. She met her boyfriend Angel two years earlier ...
ANSWERING COMPASSION   S CALL  together now, raising our hands, worshipping the Lord. What great things He had done and is...
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22 Amy   s Dream    And they brought unto him also infants, that he would touch them  but when his disciples saw it, they ...
AMY SERRANO  all directions. Behind the city is Santa Barbara National Park at the top of Mount Santa Barbara, which stand...
ANSWERING COMPASSION   S CALL  to happen at this place was going to be amazing, and God was giving it to Bruce. I mourned ...
AMY SERRANO  She told us that she enjoyed being    mom    in the home, but the mayor was very concerned as she was home al...
ANSWERING COMPASSION   S CALL  We don   t ever call it good enough. We don   t sit on our hands. We don   t take siestas  ...
AMY SERRANO  church has enough resources, power, love and truth to be the answer to the hurting of the world.    What happ...
ANSWERING COMPASSION   S CALL  need a thing, but you don   t realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked...
AMY SERRANO  of the pews and into the streets, not just in Honduras but right where we all live. Then the world could no l...
Epilogue Mary Frenter  The events of H2H from 2015 to 2018 can be found on our webpage in the newsletters Amy and I wrote ...
AMY SERRANO  raise and restore the abused and abandoned children of Honduras. When Amy got up off that bathroom floor just...
ANSWERING COMPASSION   S CALL  each of you to have a ministry someday that will far outshine H2H. Put on the Armor or of G...
AMY SERRANO  become, because of your unwavering obedience and literal Godgiven compassion for His Kids, from the day compa...
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AMY SERRANO  Acknowledgements Many thanks to all those who prayed us through the publishing of this book in English and Sp...
ANSWERING COMPASSION   S CALL  About Worldwide Heart to Heart  223
Christian Speakers The H2H Board of Directors, Oscar, Sarah, and Rachel Serrano, Rick Stephens, and Mary Frenter are avail...