Meet Josefina Alejandro (about 5) and her brother Aaron (18 months) and their mother. I’m pictured in their home in the Leon area of Nicaragua. Josefina and Aaron are both sponsored by families through Compassion International. It was a blessing to have a picture made with them.
To make ends meet this mom makes and sells ice cream in a local market. It is a trade, a craft, but not enough to pay the bills. She lives in a two-room flat with an older child (not pictured). Her husband left the family some time ago.
The apartment belongs to her mother-in-law and is nice for that area—red-clay tiled floors, artwork scattered about the family room, a small TV, 3-burner cooktop, and a small refrigerator. A fan was blowing on us as we sat in plastic chairs. Air conditioning is not to be found in these neighborhoods.
Back in their home, the clothes are clean, the floor is swept. The local Compassion team helped us to know what gifts to bring. Things that will be well received and appropriate; helpful but not demeaning: toys and candies, kitchen hand towels, paper products, and foods.
The mother’s greatest prayer request, she said, is for Aaron. He is a hemophiliac. She prays he will be able to get the needed medical care, that he will grow up to be strong, that he can live as normal a life as possible. Thanks to the gifts of Compassion International, his medical needs are being met.
We prayed with her, for her family, for their church, and for Aaron’s continual treatment. A member of our group quietly donated $40 USD to the local Compassion office for any of the needs Aaron or the family has. Considering that the average worker in Nicaragua makes $1.25 USD/day, that gift will help significantly.
I was humbled to meet this dear sister in Christ and her children. As we visited, little Aaron fell asleep in her arms for his afternoon nap.
Walking away, we also rested—in the arms of our Savior. We rest knowing that his love for them is real, knowing that he holds them in his arms, knowing that some families in another part of the world, a group called Compassion, and a local church are the very real arms of Jesus for them.
Daryl Pepper, Associate Pastor