My Dream Made Into Reality

Here near the top of the Collique Hills, Yovana Mariano’s family posed to be photographed at the door of their humble house with a worn-out green plywood facade and a tin roof with holes that let in rain and winter’s cold.

In the next photo one can see what the interior was like with dirt floors and windowless walls with scarce ventilation and heavy humidity. It was so dark that it was difficult for the children to concentrate on their schoolwork.

In her prayers Yovana had told God of her desire to improve her house, to make it a comfortable place where it would be an oasis of peace for her and her children, where her children would not have to do their homework in darkness. She said, “When we saw the Christian brothers coming with their tools my heart was pounding. As the work progressed tears wanted to fall from my eyes, but I controlled myself because my neighbors might not understand.”

“Now my house has a polished cement floor. I believe I won’t suffer so often from pain in my legs or from the dust from the dirt floors. Jacky won’t walk with as much difficulty when she puts on her braces and orthopedic boots. My house also has three bedrooms and a lovely room that I will use as a living and dining room. What I love the most are the three windows where the sun can enter and my children, Anthony and Sheila, can do their homework without difficulty.”

“My children and I want to thank all the members of Operación San Andrés that God used to make my dream into a reality. Thank you for your compassion. Although you live far away from us, you are aware of our needs. Now in this little house we meet once a week to worship God and study the Bible. Thank-you, and may God bless you.”

In my distress I called to the Lord
Yes, I cried to my God for help.
From his temple he heard my voice
My cry came before him into his ears.
Psalm 18:6