Wednesday, December 4, 2012
At 8:00 pm I learn that I may be moved from La Hielera! A policewoman calls names from a list in her hands.
“Francisco Reyes!” she says.
“I am here! “I am here!”
“Get ready you will be moved to another place.”
I go to get into a van at McAllen, Texas, which then starts moving. The van is different from the ones that I have ridden before. This one has big unobstructed windows. For the first time I see the beauty of Texas.
We arrive at a place where there were three big buildings with a sign, “Baptist Church Family Service – Shelters.” The people from the Baptist Church greet us with food and clothes. They also offer me the opportunity to speak with my mom on the phone.
I have not spoken with her for almost 40 days. When I hear her voice and she hears mine, we both start to cry. My mom had thought that I was dead.
The people give me only ten minutes to talk with her, so I just tell her, “Do not worry, Mom. I am in place where I have food and clothes and a bed. I am okay, and everything will work out. I love you! Tell Isamari that I am okay!”
It is 9:00 pm now and I have to sleep because there are rules in this place. But I am so happy! God, only you can make all the things new. Thanks for never leaving me alone.
Thursday, December 17, 2012
This place is wonderful. I just want to say that God is amazing! He never leaves his sons alone!
Of course, every day I do the same thing -- sleep, eat, take a shower, and watch TV. I am eating three times a day! They also have a small nursing room where they are healing my wounds.
Every minor here is given the opportunity to get a lawyer to ask the court to allow him or her to stay here in the United States. You can only do this if you have someone who can legally take care of you. Since I came here, I have a lawyer taking all the information that my uncles and mom are sending. When the lawyer gets all the information that she needs, I will go to the court and see if the judge will allow me to stay with my uncle in New York City.
In the meantime, I am going to school—not a public school, but a private school only for the teenagers here at the shelter. The most important and wonderful thing is that people from Christian and Catholic churches come to this place so we have the option to choose a church and hear about God. No more cold, no more hunger, no more thirst. I also have the opportunity to speak with my mother two times a week, God bless these people.
It is nice here, but I do not want to stay here for Christmas and New Year! I just want to be with my family in New York.
Next: what does Javi do for Christmas and New Year’s?