She was trafficked from Nicaragua when she was 18 years old. The 300 dollars she was loaned and the promise of a better life ended in prostitution and debt she could never repay. After seven years of living a nightmare she broke free from her enslavement. Now at 27 she is a single mom to three beautiful children, trying to make it on her own.
A small group of Christians in Jaco followed the call of God to reach out to the poor. They started feeding the homeless and praying with them every Friday night in the central park. Karina, desperate for help and food for her family discovered this group and gladly received the food and prayer they offered. She began coming every week and soon after gave her life to the Lord. That was a year ago. Since then she has been faithfully attending Bible study and growing in her relationship with the Lord.
But she is a woman living life constantly on the brink of disaster and homelessness. The stress at times is unbearable. This is where the call to true religion hits very close to home.
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress…” ~James 1:27
If ever there were orphans and a widow in distress it is this precious family.
What is our response as the body of Christ?
With a fierce mother’s determination she walks the streets with her children trying to sell cologne, lottery tickets, clean houses, anything to earn money for her family. There is no space or time to learn any skills or improve herself to be able to get a better, steady job because all her energy is going towards trying to feed her family today.
This is a family at risk.
Would you pray about helping this family?
What we want to do is raise enough money to help her monthly with her rent and groceries, to give her a little breathing space, some time to secure a better job and get on her feet with confidence. What she wants more than anything is to be able to provide for her family herself and we want to help her be able to do this.
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