Meet Alicia - Provision of Hope, Mexico
Meet Alicia! Alicia has been mentored at Provision of Hope, Mexico and wanted to share her story . . .
My name is Alicia. My husband and I are very blessed to be able to work in the ministry with Pastor Javier and sister Cristina. When my husband and I were both very young and extremely immature they became like our own parents and lovingly taught us how to become responsible parents to our little girl and how to grow in our Christian walk.
Pastor Javier surprised and frightened us both some years ago when he asked us if we would serve the Lord by becoming caretakers and stewards of the Missionary Training Center Farm. We were both so young and inexperienced, but after much prayer we were willing to be servants in this way if God would give us the power to do so. Over the next years a lot of growth happened in our lives. We both completed our Bible School degrees at the Training Center under the teaching of Pastor Javier, my husband learned how to manage a farm and how to grow and take care of sugarcane, we both learned how to plant churches, become missionaries, and do other aspects of Christian ministry throughout the region along with our pastors, I worked with sister Cristina in beginning a ministry among extremely impoverished children and youth in a little squatter village called Buenos Aires, and I learned how to sew and design clothing.
In fact, I enjoyed working with sewing so much that I became sister Cristina’s assistant, and between the two of us we were able to teach other women and young girls in a sewing school and workshop. My greatest joy is not simply to sew or teach, but rather to be able to use this practical hands-on skill as a witnessing tool to show other women and girls about the love of God for them. In truth, although the sewing programs with the women and girls have had many practical results – such as giving all of us the ability to make clothes for ourselves and our families, allowing us to bring in an income for our families, and even enabling us to bring in some money for other ministries of the church; still, my greatest joy is when I see the hearts of the women and girls begin to open up to the love of Jesus, and when they give their lives to him in surrender.
I am blessed to be able to minister in whatever way God has given me the ability to do so, and I am also very grateful to the wonderful and godly mentor which He has given me in our dear sister Cristina. When I first began in ministry I was a shy and frightened woman; really barely more than a girl myself. I am so humbled and overjoyed that God (and others) saw something in me that I certainly did not recognize in myself, and that they gave me the opportunity to serve God with my whole heart and being.
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