Maribel is 14 years old and she is in 8th grade at the public junior high. Her mom’s name is Evangelina. She is 48 years old, suffers from diabetes, can’t walk well and her health is very fragile, therefore she can’t work. Her husband left her many years ago when he learned she was sick, forcing her to move back in to her mom’s house. Now three generations live together in a small home. Maria is Evangelina’s mother, she is 70 years old and a widow trying to make enough of a living to support her daughter and granddaughter. She has to travel 10 miles every day to attend her little shop of used clothing (a “paca” as we call it in Spanish).
One of the many difficulties for Maria was her kitchen, in particular her “stove” which consisted of an open fire on top of some piled up cinder blocks. Because of Evangelina’s health issues they had to move the “stove” outside, where she had to cook in every weather condition: rain or sun, hot or cold…
God, in his “divine network of contacts,” allowed us to hear their story and we immediately knew what to do. We went to Maria’s house and installed a brand new, safe stove. We were also able to bless them with a water filter and some items for basic needs, like corn, rice, black beans, oil, vitamins, etc.
When we finished installing the stove, tears of joy and gratitude surfaced in Maria’s eyes… tears that surely drew a smile on the face and heart of God!
Over the years, His Appointed Time Ministries has installed many of these safe stoves, improving the lives of many families. Thank you very much for your prayers and financial support!