I still believe in the value of a handwritten letter. Maybe it’s because I’m a writer, or maybe it’s because I love the thought and care that goes into putting pen to paper.
When I read the following letter we received from one of our ministry partners in Guatemala, Esperanza de Vida (“Hope of Life”), I was moved to share it with you. Yes, it’s been word-processed for the blog—but I pray you’ll feel the heartfelt emotion it conveys.
We want to share with you the story of Carmelino. Carmelino, his wife and their six children moved from the mountains to Pueblo Modelo because of the severe landslides and flooding. Their humble home was destroyed by the rains and they were living in a hut made of ripped nylon sheeting, tin roofing walls that made the hut stifling hut.
The fumes caused Carmelino to suffer from a lung infection and because of this he could not work for a long time. His children had to go to the streets begging for food. They later found their father almost dead. Esperanza de Vida’s team prayed for him, talked to him about God’s grace and healing, provided medical care and built a new home for his family.
Today he has recuperated and they have new hope, living one day at a time.
Esperanza de Vida Staff