Amazonian Wednesdays 🌴
Such a meaningful story. This one is from April of last year:
“All eight of them knelt down in their little hut and received Jesus as Lord!” exclaimed Dulce.
I have mentored Dulce for twenty years. As long as I have known her, she has had a beautiful heart to reach out to those in need. She has fed the hungry, cared for the sick, clothed new babies born to unwed mothers, sat with the dying, wept with the bereaved, and spent her life sharing Jesus with everyone she encounters.
She began a teaching job in a new neighborhood last month, a desperately poor area. She shared this with me soon after she started: “I visited two of my little girls today. I found them crying from hunger. I bought them some rice and eggs so they could eat. It tears me up inside. So many here are crying with hunger pangs.”
Soon after that, Dulce went shopping for four suffering families. One of the them is a granny who is now raising her seven grandchildren. Tragically, their mother died last year of covid. These kids and this precious old lady all sleep and eat on the floor of their hut. They have no beds, no furniture. They often go hungry.
How their faces lit up when they saw the groceries that she brought! She told them that Jesus had sent them because He loves them so much. She had also noticed that the only shoes the granny had were a mismatched pair that she had salvaged from a garbage dump. So she brought her a new pair. Granny was overjoyed!
It also just so happened to be Granny’s birthday that day. In her entire life, she had never had a birthday celebration. So Dulce bought her a cake. Neither this elderly woman, nor any of the little ones, had ever eaten cake before. What giggles of delight erupted as they tasted it for the very first time!
Here is the best part of all. The youngest child, a year old, had been very sick. Dulce laid hands on her and prayed. Jesus completely healed her. This was a perfect moment for Dulce to share the gospel with them. So she did. And then the whole family knelt down then and there and surrendered their lives to the Lord!
This beautiful occasion happened during Holy Week. As we celebrated our Savior’s resurrection, we suddenly had new brothers and sisters to celebrate with. In a faraway corner of one of the poorest neighborhoods in the Amazon Jungle, eight new souls were born again. Jesus is receiving the reward of His suffering!