A Decision to Stay
Dear Family in Christ,
I want to introduce you to 3 new girls in our Proverbs 31 sewing program. You will be very blessed to see the wonderful things God is doing with their lives. I hope God lays it on your heart to keep one or more of them in your prayers. We are counting on you for this, as always.
Cecilia came to us from far away Mexico City. Her parents were already at wits end with her rebelious lifestyle, but when addictions entered the scene they knew she needed divine intervention. I think we all have known strong Christian families who, despite the presence of good Biblical values, struggle with a rebelious child. Usually, by the time a girl has waited the mandatory one month before she can enter the Proverbs 31 class, she is eager to get started. Up until then, they often have not decided whether or not they wish to stay and complet thier 9 month program here at Reto. Many of the new girls peek into the classroom, offer to help, and beg to enter early. Cecilia was not one of these.
Even after a month, Cecilia was sure her parents would let her come home, or that she could sneak away one day, returning to the life she still clung to in her mind. Here was the delema: I had two openings and eight girls who wanted to be first in line. But Roberto didn't choose them. He prayerfully picked Cecilia and Vianey. Amidst much complaint, councelor Letty said there must be some mistake. I would tend to agree. A $50 investment in material at the onset is a lot of money for a project that will likely be abandoned early. -Especially when so many others have locked in on thier decision to stay. None the less, it was now Roberto's day off, and he is the one God appointed to make this decision.
I found out later that Cecilia mostly didn't want to let me down by leaving the program early, leaving me with still one more project to finish. I prayed as always before class, for each girl. And God answered my prayers (He always does).
In the very first week the girls are taught that thier project represents thier own life. I showed them the back side of a quilt: How it began with a few straight lines, close to the little square that represents Jesus in thier heart. -How there were mistakes along the way, all the way. We turn it back over and I ask them if they can these mistakes any more. They can not. I tell them that this is because the mistakes are like our sins which have been forgiven. They want to know who it is that still makes so many mistakes even after walking in faith for so long? Whose quilt is this? "It's mine", I tell them.
I tell them that most of them will not finish thier quilt even if they stay the whole time. It is like thier new life in Christ. It may begin at Reto, but it is far from done. It is not about completing a project. It is about beginning one. It is about learning how to take those first baby steps in faith; experience trusting the only One who will never let you down.
The following week, Cecilia came to me and declared with tears in her eyes, that she has comitted herself to staying in the program. She threw her arms around me and we just hugged for awhile. This week Cecilia accepted Christ as her Savior, while in evening devotions.
Thank you so much for your continued support of God's work here at Reto. Every little thing you do is precious! In HIS grip, Kate