To all our readers and benefactors who make our work possible, you are amazing. We love you all and want you to know that we can do what we do only because you allow Jesus to work through your generosity. With this in mind, Teresa and I wanted to start a new series of blogs bringing you the stories of those whom you help and showing you the impact that your donation has here in this beautiful and blessed country where people display the greatest generosity in spite of the dry cracking poverty of the desert. We want you to see the beauty of each soul in this city that we encounter with the love of Christ. We want you to see these brothers and sisters in Jesus who you can and do pray for, donate for, and offer your joys and sufferings for. These are the faces and stories of your brothers and sisters in Christ, the same brothers and sisters in Christ with whom you will enjoy our heavenly home in the heavens.
From left to right, Mrs. Washam [Rachel’s mom], Adela, Mr. Washam and Ezekiel Kiehl, Yolanda, Teresa and Gemma, Juan [Adaela’s Father] inside her new adobe kitchen. This work was done through the generous donations of benefactors and missionaries.
I first met Doña Alena sitting in her kitchen with her two daughters, Gabby and Yolanda. When we entered their home they were smiling and rose to their feet begging us to sit down. We talked for a while about Our Lord and the great love and plans He has for them. They, in turn, told us of how they have experienced His love over the years through the lives and witness of the missionaries. We decided to record an interview which I have tried my best to put into the following transcript:
What’s your name? – Adela Adilila Nyeto Rodríguez
How many people live here usually? – Four
Their name? – Sergio Sanchez Escriva, that’s my husband. Jose Guadeloupe Sanchez Nyeto is my son. Irma Yolanda Sanchez Nyeto and Dolores Gabriella Sanchez Nyeto are my daughters. We call her Gabby. My other daughter, Yadira, lives across the street with her family and my father.
What have the missionaries done here for you guys? – Here? They put a roof over my family. They changed out these walls, two walls to be exact.
This was near the end of the adobe wall building process. In this photo the missionaries and workers have just finished the inner wall. After this a maestro [master worker] covers the wall in cement and then it is painted.
And, were you guys having problems with this room, these walls? – Yes, this wall was very damaged and about to cave in and this other one was no good. The whole room was caving in.
Why was it important for you guys to receive this help form the missionaries? – Well, I don’t have any way to fix it myself. No money. My health is bad. We don’t have many things you know. And so we had been praying for this and God sent the missionaries to help us.
Adela’s new roof
Let’s go in a different direction, who is Jesus in your life? – Jesus, well, he is someone so very important in our life. For me He’s like my father and my brother. He has given me so much, so many things in my life.
When did or do you feel closest to Jesus in your life? – When I go to prayer meetings I feel so much at peace, my life starts to make sense, I give Jesus my problems there. When I get prayed over also. I experience Him when I hear His Word read out loud. Or for example when you come here, I can tell that He is here as well.
If you could say anything to people who may read about you or your family what would it be? – I would like to invite them to come to a prayer meeting, to sing songs with us. If you are not close to Jesus I would like to help them be closer to Him and trust in Him. In fact I invite people all the time to come but they don’t always come but I know they need Jesus.
What are some of your favorite traditions your family has? – One of my favorites is on the feast day of Our Lady of Guadeloupe. We invite the neighborhood kids to eat and pray at our house. We cook food for everyone. We hand lights. We make tamales, beans, whatever we can. We pray first, then we hang a piñata which the kids break. We all eat together. All the people come, all eat, it’s so beautiful. Everything we do we try and do with a lot of love, a lot of sacrifice. We do everything we can. We know God accepts the little we do and does so much more with it. Sometimes we have enough left over to bring to our older neighbors who can’t get out of bed and who are so poor. They really have nothing. This is community for us.
Doña Adela loves to talk about Jesus. Over the last five weeks she has come with us missionaries out to the villages to give her testimony and pray over those who need God’s help. She can barely walk because of her health problems. In spite of all this she has cleaned out her closet to give clothes and food to her poor brothers and sisters in the villages outside of town. I continually remind her that she truly is a missionary. She has shown me the truth of the scripture that says:
The way we came to know love was that he laid down his life for us; so we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If someone who has worldly means sees a brother in need and refuses him compassion, how can the love of God remain in him? (I John 3:16-17)
A recent mission trip to the villages. Adela stands wearing a black shirt in the middle.
Adela has experienced the love of Jesus in her life and within her heart. She has known the great power of the Holy Spirit transforming her person. Now she recieves great joy in sharing this love with others who don’t know it yet. As Pope Francis said recently:
To evangelize, then, we must be open to the action of the Spirit of God, without fear of what He asks us or where He leads us. Let us entrust ourselves to Him! He enables us to live and bear witness to our faith, and enlighten the hearts of those we meet.
My prayer is that if you are reading this blog you would open your heart to all that our Lord has for your life. God is calling you to partake in His glorious kingdom. Are you listening?