Bastian, a blond-haired, blue-eyed, french boy from our neighborhood, has become Isaac’s best friend and playmate. His native language is French and Isaac’s is English, however they communicate in Spanish. We consider him to be one of the family now.
His family moved from France to Chile when he was just 3 years old. He has two younger sisters. His dad still lives here in Chile but no longer lives in their house. Bastian goes back and forth from this house here in our neighborhood to his dad’s new house on the other side of the city.
On weekends, he is the first to ring our doorbell. At times, when Isaac is still eating lunch, instead of waiting at his house, Bastian will just sit on the sidewalk in front of our house until Isaac finishes up. He is a faithful friend.
We celebrated together in our living room a couple months ago when Isaac told all of us that Bastian became a Christian! Isaac has been praying for him, letting him borrow his Spanish children’s Bible to read, telling him Bible stories, as well as inviting him to church on occasion. In fact, yesterday as we were getting into the van to go to church, Bastian showed up wondering if the boys could play. Instead, we invited him to church and he ran as fast as he could to ask his mom for permission. Five minutes later, he climbed into the van with us.
His mom said he cried himself to sleep the night after we told him we were moving. Isaac is his best friend; he doesn’t have a lot of other friends.
Please pray with us that the Lord will fill Bastian’s life with His love and protection. We are trusting that, in His mysterious way, God will provide for our precious, little boy. He loves Bastian even more than we do.
Luke 18:16 (NIV) But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
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