Last December, David and I came to a crossroads. We were sitting in one of our favorite coffee shops, not making eye contact with each other as we muttered the words we thought would never escape our lips.
“If something doesn’t change, we’re not gonna make it another year.”
You see, we’ve been in Guatemala for almost 5 years and at that point, we still lacked community. We had made friends over the years, some had moved away, others live far away, and still others remained only casual acquaintances. We lacked a deep community. The kind of friends that feel like family. The ones you can talk to about the funny “lost in translation” moments, as well as, the hard stuff of daily ministry life.
Fast-forward a few months to last week. Silvia, a seamstress for One Loom, called to tell me about the progress of production that day. “Cata and I finished the green order. We didn’t have time to start the peach order, though. Cata was very upset when she came to work this morning. After a few hours she finally began to open up and shared her heart with us. She’s going through a lot right now trying to provide for her kids, especially since all 5 of them are in school”, she explained. “What can I do?”, I asked. “I think she’s ok now. Lidia and the other ladies (who work in the room next door for PJ’s Finesse Baits) came over and we all prayed for her.”
I was speechless. The same community we’ve been craving, the life-giving kind of community, is being grown in a small concrete house in a little village in Guatemala. Single mothers who have nowhere to turn, who carry the weight of the world on their shoulders, are now able to share their burdens. They are there to pray for each other. They are there to laugh at each other’s jokes. They are family to one another.
In the past few months, God has answered our prayers and surrounded us with an amazing community of friends. He has used them to breathe new life into us. As I look at my personal life as well as our ministry, I am blown away at how God created us to live in community alongside one another, sharing in the good and the bad. Community isn’t always easy, but it is so very necessary!
Thank you Lord for the people you’ve placed in our lives and the community of single mothers working together in El Rosario!