Israel Antonio Hernandez Ramirez is 16 years old and comes from Honduras. He is the middle child with 9 siblings. His parents do not live together.
Just when you think the stories about the boys' backgrounds couldn't get any worse, you hear one more. Israel has been at the Remar Leon facility for almost 2 years. He suffered extreme abuse back in his native Honduras and it caused him to act out. He had a father and uncle that tried to kill him. He tried to cross the border into Nicaragua and was captured and had to spend 4 months in prison when he was 14 years old. He also has told us that his life would be in danger if he returned to Honduras. A Christian recommended the Remar facility and that is now his home.
When we first met him, he was quiet and had a hurt look about him. As we've come to know him, he has opened up and is a lot more outgoing. He is transforming before our eyes. This kind of change can only come by a touch from God. See for yourself the change in him.
He is always very helpful with the other boys in class. There is a protectiveness that he displays towards some of the other boys. He works very diligently on the projects. During class, he likes to sing to himself and his voice is deep and beautiful.
He had been attending "public" school on Saturdays and studying English, but circumstances have recently prevented him from continuing his studies. It is evident that he understands us more than he lets on. He wants very much to be able to continue his studies.
His desire is to serve the Lord and be a good example to others. He would like to stay on at Remar and serve in their ministry.
We enjoy Israel's presence in class. He truly is a special boy and God will use him in huge ways.