I often forget to share with you about the neat stories that we get to be a part of through ministry. I'd like to share with you about one of my favorite stories so far this year.
Meet Juancito and Sefarina:
Juancito and his mom, Sefarina, have a genetic disease that has caused them to have terrible eyesight and some other difficulties in life. Living in a third world country, there’s really no assistance available for them, beyond what little a kind neighbor is able to share. The great news is that they are beloved in our area and everyone does their small part to take care of them. Juan is often seen hiking up the mountain road in search of bananas that he can sell, and they are cared for through community members giving them a meal or a few provisions.
Last year a few community members came to us asking if we could team up with the community to help Juan have a stable place to live. Their idea was to donate a small piece of land to El Ayudante (as a precaution of not having the land in Juan’s name and having it taken from him by people that take advantage) and then the community would help them build a house. And that is just what has happened.
Someone donated a small piece of land.
2 of our CTC’s (Community Transformation Committees) have raised all the funds for the adobe blocks for his house.
The rocks for the foundation were donated by the community.
More funds are being collected for furniture for when the house is complete.
This house is a labor of love by the community and has created unity as people work together to help Juancito and his mom Sefarina. In addition to the community pitching in to do their part, our teams are the ones that are laying the adobe blocks each week - bringing to completion this great project. What a way for Juan and Sefarina to know Jesus loves them and that they are not forgotten - they have a lot of people in their corner! And very soon Juan and Sefarina will can move out of this shack and have a solid home to call their own.