Salvation and Baptism

Brandon, one of my 6th grade Vencedor Boys, hasn’t always been the most attentive or well behaved in the bunch. Boys will be boys, despite their location on a map, but Brandon has always been a little rowdier than the rest. This week in class, we studied 1 Corinthians where Paul tells the Corinthians to follow his example, to do…

Can You Help Us?

It was as if her eyes were glued to the floor. She mumbled under her breath and kept her head low. This wasn’t the first time we’d experienced Maria, the mother of one of David’s 6th grade Vencedor Boys, feeling such embarrassment. Maria and her family are very poor. About a year ago, her husband broke his arm and the…

Meet Adalis

Meet Adalis. She is 19 years old and the oldest of 5 girls in her family. She is one of the only young people we know in El Rosario who is in college. In a culture where most don’t make it past elementary school, she is an example and role model to many. Adalis has been helping with the Vencedor…

The Beautiful “Aha” Moment

Sometimes, things just click. The beautiful “Aha” moment. For Wendy, a young girl that I have been meeting with for almost two years, that moment happened this week. (Read her full story HERE.) As I walked into our weekly meeting, it began like it usually does. She was telling me about Nursing classes and sharing her excitement over passing her…

Up Against a Wall

“My husband left.” Sadly, these have become words that don’t shock me anymore. After 2 years of working in the small village of El Rosario, husbands leaving has become part of normal life and a part of our ministry. Like the time Silvia’s husband called to tell her he had 2 other families and he couldn’t support her anymore. Or…

When Jesus Doesn’t Heal Them

On Monday, during our weekly women’s bible study, we were reading through John 4:46-54. In the story, a nobleman comes to Jesus desperate to save his son’s life. Jesus replied to him,  “Go home, your son lives.” The man believed Jesus’ words and turned to go home to find his son healed. It is truly an amazing story of faith…

Going to Hell Because of a Bible

“Why didn’t you tell me?” Wendy exclaimed. “Tell you what?” I asked. Tears welled up in her eyes as her anger rose. Her voice cracked as she said,  “You are the one who gave me this bible! You should have told me that I couldn’t take it to church unless I was baptized. They told me I was going to…