Impacting lives in Tijuana
Day of the Child – 2014 in the neighborhood of 3 de Octubre
This young girl came up to me and said “I am sorry but I would like to see the History of the REsurrection again because the children that were beside didn’t let me see the movie clearly.” We have asked her to return so that she can see the movie completely. God’s Word never returns void.
Family from St. Paul’s Church in the neighborhood known as Maclovio
This young woman named Ramona has gone through a very difficult period in her life. Her mother was gravely ill and eventually died. Ramona has been through a tough grief season. This day she was happy to attend the women’s retreat and she said she was able to participate with tranquility and peace. We even spent the night in the church and she stayed with her daughter and said she had had such a peaceful sleep too. We had an opportunity to talk, as women do , to encourage her in her journey with the Lord. The next day her husband joined her for church, Sunday School and a meal after church. It is so beautiful to see God work in the lives of people who change when the Lord draws them closer to Him. We are happy to be part of this beautiful work.
Retreat at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Maclovio
Imelda (pictured above sitting in the recliner) is a very young woman who is suffering from advanced hip cancer. She is unable to move without the assistance of a walker or wheelchair and does so with great pain. She has a 10 year old son and her mother helps her get around. She was able to be with us for the greater part of the retreat. She is resigned that she will become increasingly less mobile and is confident that God will heal her whether in this life or the next. She delighted in being with other women studying God’s Word and how we are called to courageous live the life God gives us. Imelda is certainly doing that. She gave thanks to God for her life. Join us in praying for Imelda for God’s provision and love. Her peace and joy were evident and ask you to join us in praying for her and her family.
Leonardo (pictured above with his truck)…..is a young boy that we have known since his birth. He does not talk very much but when he received this truck, he was so happy he gave Tere Montoya a hug and a kiss and said with his words: “I am happy”. What a beautiful encouragement to him and his mother that this gift inspired him to express gratitude! Please pray for him that he will be able to speak and in that not have problems with school. Thank you to a preschool mom at Concordia that hosted a birthday party for her boys and asked guests to the part to bring gifts that would go to poor children in Tijuana. What a beautiful example of giving from abundance to those who have little.
Lupita… She is a young woman who has suffered greatly in her young life because of her mother’s drug addiction. She has been taken into social service custody twice and now her grandmother has care of her but she is elderly and can no longer work. She has suffered abuse at the hands of her stepfather and we see in her a great hunger for the things of God. She was happy to be part of the women’s retreat and reflected on what a life of Courage means for her when God is with her and loves her. She commented on how much God loves her. She prays for her brother who was born with consequences of the drugs his mother ingested and suffers many health effects. Please pray for this young woman together with her two siblings and her grandmother and parents. We are thankful we get to be an instrument of healing in her life. God is the Divine Physician and is doing a beautiful work in her life.
The young woman pictured below is a very shy young woman who lives with her grandmother, who by the way is a woman of great faith and actively committed to ministry with the Only Faith, Only Grace Church in Obrera. She has suffered in her adolescence the separation of her parents and the insults of her paternal grandfather. She suffers anxiety for the future and worries about her mother who works day and night to provide for their family. She participated in the retreat and was very happy to learn about Courageous living. Please pray for her that she can continue in the path of God.
The woman pictured below is a member of the Only Grace and Only Faith Lutheran Church in Tijuana. She is a woman who seeks hard after God. She has had many problems here in Tijuana. She is from Bolivia and will return with her 3 daughters and 1 son and will return to her parents with her children. She spoke of her gratitude to the congregation for taking into their community with such love. She is grateful for the training in the Word of God and returns to her native country with the Gospel that she will continue to teacher her children in the ways of God and share with her family members in Bolivia. She learned to become a missionary here in Tijuana and embarks on her first assignment! Pray for her.