I think every missionary has one. That ONE person or that one circumstance they just couldn’t help. For me, that person was Jose Mario. When will God answer our prayers? “How long shall I pray Lord?”
After we met with doctors, Jose Mario’s mom and I talked. She told me he recently said, “I don’t want to live like this anymore mom.” She told me he’s been depressed and tired. “We’ve prayed. We’ve had vigils. I can’t watch my son feel so hopeless and hurt.” By her voice, you could tell she was exhausted.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Jesus the Messiah
On the way home we made a plan. Jose Mario would live with us until he got through his first round of medications. Probably for 2-3 weeks. He had a pharmacy worth of medicine that needed to be taken around the clock. Vonda and Cecilia took turns getting up in the middle of the night to give him eye droppers and apply a steroid cream to his hands.
His mom and sisters came by to visit him almost every day. And, day after day, his eyes and skin started to clear up. He’s had a weekly follow up appointment with each doctor and every time he goes back they can’t believe the progress.
In the past, when he’s finished his antibiotics the sores always came back. Not this time. This time he knows to stay out of the sun.
We hired a tutor who meets with his teacher weekly and gives him private lessons throughout the week. When he’s not studying, he plays soccer with our middle school boys, he’s learned backgammon from Gabe and Sam and he’s been helping Vonda with her Spanish!
The doctor is worried about Jose Mario going back to the one room, sheet metal home. “The heat might cause irritation and the sores might return.”
We have two needs we would like you to pray about.
- Would you be one of 35 people who will donate $100+ to build his family a new, block home?
- We’re looking for someone who would like to give a scholarship to Jose Mario to attend The El Rosario Christian Academy for Boys. It’s a 3-year commitment of $85 a month. I can send you all the details of what that covers (which is everything).
“How long shall I pray Lord?”