Finding the Father Who Abandoned Her Twenty Years Earlier
“I asked the Lord for strength to help me know how to talk to her.” The only thing I wanted to ask her: Forgive me. ” Ileana’s father, Ernesto Quintanilla
Ileana’s mother was 16 when she gave birth to her daughter. Her father left when she was a baby, and Ileana was raised by her loving maternal grandparents. She asked them and her mother about her father, but didn’t learn much more than his name. As an adult, she had a passion for children. Ileana volunteered for the non-profit Food for the Hungry and then became a staff member traveling to rural communities in her country of Nicaragua. One day, she met a boy with the same last name as hers. She asked him his father’s first name. It was the same name as her father’s, Ernesto.
The story below brought tears to my eyes and joy to my heart. I hope you will read the article and watch the video included in this link:
Free Dad Hugs at the Pride Parade
This one made me cry too. Scott “Howie” Dittman shares about the responses he got to his offer of free dad hugs at the Pittsburgh Pride Parade.
Costa Rica Has Doubled its Tropical Rain Forests
Setting an example for the rest of the world, Costa Rica had doubled its tropical rain forests in just a few decades. In the last half of the 20th century the country’s forests were cleared indiscriminately. But Costa Rica has reversed this destruction by focusing on tourism and creating programs to protect its rich ecosystems. You can read more about how Costa Rica takes care of its forests in this article from World Economic Forum.
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