This lady is amazing. There is no way that words can explain all that encompasses what makes her HER. For that reason, I want to share two stories that she often shares. To me, both show how God has worked in her life to form that blessing that she is.
Rosa was raised by Christian parents. When Rosa was a little girl, there was a time that her father was out of work and having great difficulty finding a job to provide for his family. It was almost Christmas. During this time, their main concern was simply having food to feed their large family. Christmas gifts were not even a thought. Her aunt heard about their struggles and asked Rosa’s dad to come to her house around 10:00 on December 24th. She remembers that he was gone for over 3 hours. It took so long because her aunt and her aunt’s friends were busy cooking for Rosa’s family. When he returned home, he had more food than she had ever seen. Not only did he return with this delicious Christmas feast, he also had gifts for all of the kids. She received a dress, shoes, and a baby doll.
She said this was the first time that she truly saw God’s work in action. She decided from that point forward, she would follow Him and allow Him to be the guide in her life.
Fast forward many years…now she is married and has children. Her husband had begun drinking a lot. He was rarely home, and she spent many holidays and family functions without him because he was out in the streets drinking. Christmas had always been her favorite time of year to share with family and friends. Suddenly, she dreaded it and felt very lonely. She would talk to her husband over and over and over without success. He was not willing to hear her and change his ways. She stayed with him but was often heartbroken. One day, she decided that she would no longer nag her husband, and would fully hand him over to God. She began praying for him and asking God to make him stop drinking. Almost immediately, he began having major problems and pains in his stomach when he would drink. It got so bad that he finally had no choice but to quit drinking. She gives all of the glory to God for hearing her pleas.
Although her marriage is not perfect and there are still struggles, she is committed to the promise that she made.
She finds joy where many would find sorrow. She finds beauty in most all things. She is steadfast in her love of the Lord. She is honest and trustworthy. Whenever I have been sad or struggling with anything in my life, she listens and shows compassion. She will often leave my house, pray, and return with scripture that God has given her.
She has told me numerous times that I have taught her so much about the Bible. This puzzles me because I cannot see how I had anything to offer her that she did not already have. Seriously, she is one of the most solid person that I have ever had the blessing to know.
When I first announced to Hermanas en Cristo that we were leaving, I asked who would like to take over as the leader. Everyone immediately pointed to Rosa, because we all knew that she was the most likely choice. They also voted to pay her an additional 10% on top of the sales of her own jewelry, as a salary. That meant they all believed in her enough to reduce their own pay by 10%. THAT is nothing more that God’s hand at work!
As I have been preparing to leave, we have been training for her to take over Hermanas en Cristo. She is a natural leader and never knew it. She didn’t seem to realize her awesomeness and capabilities. It has been such a blessing to see her confidence grow. It has been such a blessing to watch her nurture the spiritual growth of some of our newest Christians in the group.
She is also one of our scholarship recipients. She is studying English at the university. Learning English has always been a dream of hers. She wants to learn English so that she can become a translator. Her goal right now is to visit the United States. She wants to come meet so many of the people that have bought jewelry and supported the ladies of Hermanas en Cristo. She is using the money from her jewelry sales to pay for her “papers” so that she can get a passport, then a visa. She wants to hold a jewelry party in the states and practice speaking English with all of you!
Pray for her as she continues to lead Hermanas en Cristo.
Pray that she can get her “papers”, passport, and Visa!
Wouldn’t it be great if she could come to the states during Christmastime? That time of year seems to have had so much significance in her life. It would be great to help add one more wonderful memory for her to see how God works in such wonderful ways to “give us the desires of our heart!”