Ysabel Rodriguez

Oak Life Caregiver

"29 years old. Christian. Creative. Writer."

Location: Chapala, Mexico

Children's Home: Love in Action Children's Home

Position: Mentoring teenage girls, managing the home's donor relations

Funding Needs: $1,480/mo USD

Total Raised
$102.96 Raised 6.95%

Location

Children's Home

Position

Chapala, Mexico

Love in Action Children's Home

Mentoring teenage girls, managing the home's donor relations

Funding Needs

$1,480/mo. (USD)

Total Raised
$102.96 Raised 6.95%

Give Me Your Eyes

March 15, 2023

“Give me Your eyes for just one second
Give me Your eyes so I can see
Everything that I keep missing
Give me Your love for humanity.”
— Brandon Heath “Give Me Your Eyes” —

When we pray prayers such as the one above, do we realize what we are praying?

Do we realize that we are giving the God of all Heaven and Earth a personal invitation to flood our vision with His light?

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo.

I remember a time that was so impactful in my orphan care journey. It was my first time being left to supervise children at an orphanage while on the playground.

One child in particular was having issues complying with the activity during that time. She began to walk away in defiance after being encouraged to stay together.

As she walked away, my first instinct was to yell louder, in the hopes this would stop her in her tracks. Then I thought to myself, “No, it would only worsen the situation.”

I thought back to what the TBRI method (Trust-Based Relational Intervention), taught us during our time at the Oak Life School of Orphan Care—you are to begin to walk towards the child, get down to their level, ask them to show you their precious eyes, and ask to do a “re-do” of the situation that just transpired.

The only problem is that all this amazing information I remembered, didn’t come to me until after the situation was over. I was so exasperated by that moment that it left me speechless.

It hurt my heart to see this child act in this way. The act of defiance felt like such a harsh rejection to me personally. It was clear that God was trying to get my attention through that moment.

Later that day, during my prayer time with the Lord, I opened up to how I was really feeling. I started to pour my heart out to God concerning what had happened earlier in the day with that child.

I remember having so many emotions. So many questions of, “Why is she acting in this way?” “Why am I feeling rejection?” Better yet, “Why does this hurt so much?”

Once I opened up with honesty to God, He began to ask me to put myself in her shoes. I began to remember how many times I have walked away from God, and how many times He has been so faithful to run after me in the hopes that I will reestablish connection with Him.

This moment in prayer humbled me so much as I realized that God was beginning to transform my vision to see what He saw. He was allowing me to feel the Father’s heart towards this precious child. My prayer changed from, “God, why is this child acting that way,” to, “God, forgive me for the moments I have acted in the same way, and help me to show your love and compassion to her just as I have received it from You.”

This should be our go to solution every single time…PRAYER. Instead of getting frustrated during these moments of difficulty, we should lift up our heads to where our help comes from, and ask for help from God.

Only then will we be able to see as He sees. Only then will we be able to feel as He feels. Only then will we be able to properly be conduits of His love and compassion to those around us.

Only then can we truly begin to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ on this earth.

The Reality of Orphan Care

March 10, 2023

I thought I knew all there was to know about working in orphan care. Can’t be much harder than working with kids who need extra love, right?

WRONG.

The truth is, it requires much more than that. Whether you have dreams of opening an orphanage or working at an orphanage in some capacity…it all requires training and more than just basic knowledge. For me, Oak Life was just the place that I needed to go to be able to receive that training.

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo.

Like any new journey, you have your high and low moments. As is the reality of life, not everything will always be as you expect but it can be exciting when you shift your perspective.

One thing I extremely appreciated about Oak Life and the curriculum that they have created is the dedication they have in preparing you for being immersed into a host culture. During class discussions and book readings, we began to learn about why certain cultures and countries have the traditions, customs, and values that they do. The author of Cultures and Organizations, Geert Hofstede, speaks mainly on how our cultures shape the way that we think, feel, act, etc.

Taking in this new understanding was crucial to the way I interacted with the culture around me while also identifying the culture that I was raised in. Recognizing this information allowed compassion to be discovered in me, in a new way. Compassion for this new culture I had recently been fully immersed in. And this compassion, was going to help my mission progress farther than it ever would have without it.

New journeys are bound to come with challenges as well. During my time at Oak Life, what has been challenging for me has been adapting to TBRI (Trust Based Relational Intervention). We use this method of interaction when working with children of trauma. I remember hearing my first, “No,” from a child. It rocked me to my core and the internal battles were coming in at a thousand miles an hour. It felt like rejection, it felt hurtful.

Had God not been by my side in this part of my journey, I never would’ve been able to process it properly. It takes the presence of God, surrender, honesty, and the ability to confront past traumas. But in the end, God takes even our most difficult moments and turns them into something beautiful – with the purpose of it bringing glory to His name.

Overall, my experience at Oak Life has been incredible. It has come with many new learning and growing opportunities for which I am grateful. Being able to have the time and space to be able to go through this guided journey with trusted individuals makes the experience all the more enjoyable.

Praying for a car!

March 24, 2023

As I am starting a new long-term life in Chapala, Mexico, one of my needs is a car to be able to get to and from my respective volunteer areas. I know that God is more than able to provide for my needs in this area but prayer and agreement ALWAYS helps!
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo.
I am praying that God would begin to bring in destiny helpers to be able to push this mission forward. Any doors that need to be open for the supply to begin to flow, may they be open in the name of Jesus. And ultimately, I am praying that God’s will be done, above all else, concerning this topic.

Bible Verse to Pray | Matthew 6:33 “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

Praying to meet my monthly funding needs!

March 24, 2023

One thing I told God, before coming to Mexico, was that as long as I had His approval of being here, I would trust Him to provide. When I got that confirmation that I was looking for, I knew this was the time to be here…for such a time as this. There exists absolutely no doubt in my mind that this is the opportune timing of God and that HE WILL PROVIDE.
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo.
Would you join with me in prayer and faith that God would supply for every single need for this mission? I have seen God provide again and again and I know that He will continue to do so even more now. Bible Verse to Pray | Philippians 4:19 “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

About Ysabel

I am the oldest child of 4 siblings. Born in the beautiful state of Illinois to a Mexican mother and a Honduran father. I am a proud graduate of Valor Christian College with a degree in Music Ministry and Missions.
I remember being in fifth grade when my parents were called to be missionaries and serve alongside my grandfather’s ministry in Mexico. The three years we resided here were full of learning curves, culture shock, and sweet moments that created the best of memories. Although at first I had mixed emotions of being in Mexico, looking back, I can see it was simply a seed God planted in me. Later, that seed would grow into a full blown desire to come back.
Since 2017, I began to feel a strong drawing to the country of Mexico. Though I wasn’t sure when the exact timing of God would be, I trusted in Him wholeheartedly. The 5 years that passed were filled with many prayers, intercession, and preparation for what was to come.
When I discovered the opportunity to come to Mexico and participate in Oak Life, I prayed and sought the Lord for direction. It did not take long until God had fully confirmed that this was the time and the season for me to take that step of faith into Mexico.
I can now say with full confidence, that those years God had me wait and prepare were absolutely necessary and divinely orchestrated.
During my time here in Mexico, I pray that I am able to be a blessing into the lives of many but especially in the live of the precious teenage girls I am serving at Love in Action Children’s Home. The time I have spent so far with them has been a beautiful journey in itself but not at all possible without God. I pray for love, wisdom, endurance, patience, and to be Holy Spirit led at all times so that what God wants to do in their lives would have a lasting effect.

Pray for Ysabel

Subscribe
Notify of
guest

2 Prayers
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Carlos Rivera
Carlos Rivera
1 year ago

Ysabel! We thank God for knowing you. We know the huge heart you carry. We ask God to guide you and that his blessing is always upon you. You are a very special person and we know that those lives will be impacted by God through you. The spirit of God are with you always.

Debra Overdorf
Debra Overdorf
8 months ago

Ysabel, you have such a servant’s heart! I speak God’s blessings and word over you. Continue in the work He’s brought to you. Do it in His might and for His honor and glory. You are a beautiful living example of Christ and His love for all. Keep singing the songs He gives you in the night. You are breaking strong-holds in Jesus’ name.

Support Oak Life Caregiver

Ysabel Rodriguez

Want to become an
Oak Life Caregiver?

Children all over the world are waiting for you to follow your calling...

Scholarship Assistance

Let's See If You Qualify!

Scholarship funds apply to the School of Orphan Care's six-month certification, and are used to make tuition more affordable for students in certain circumstances. To see if you qualify for assistance, simply fill out the form below.

"*" indicates required fields

1General Info
2Application
Name*

By clicking “submit,” you agree to give Oak Life permission to use the information you are providing to contact you about our scholarship opportunities and other programs.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

School of Orphan Care

Request Information

Request more information about our Orphan Care Certification program, and see if it's the right option for you!

By clicking “request,” you agree to give Oak Life permission to use the contact information you are providing to contact you about our programs and offerings.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Newsletter Subscription

Ysabel Rodriguez

Stay connected and never miss a story or update from Ysabel's time working with children in alternative care! You can unsubscribe at any time.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Newsletter Subscription

Jada Newell

Stay connected and never miss a story or update from Jada's time working with children in alternative care! You can unsubscribe at any time.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.