Happy dia de amor y amistad to everyone. I like Mexico's emphasis on love which includes friendship and family in the celebration, rather than just the romantic love of couples. I am daily thankful for my Valentine, the best friend and companion that God could have given me. We will be celebrating with dinner at home today.
Yesterday we had a wonderful blessing from one of the girls who has been coming on Sunday afternoons almost as long as the mission has been open. Her home life is one of the most tragic I have personally seen, and sadly Abraham and I recently learned of a new tragedy in her immediate family. She doesn't know about it yet, and we are praying for her and her family.
Her heart has been very wounded by the problems she has suffered, and her attitude is often harsh and difficult. She once told Six that she doesn't believe in God, because if he existed, she wouldn't have suffered as she has. Up to this point, she continues to feel this way. We have, however, seen some encouraging advances, and yesterday was one of those.
A couple months ago, we told the children that they could win a Bible if they memorized 1 Corinthians 13. We offered to help them memorize if they came by the house during the week. This girl and her cousin were the only ones who did, but they only came a few times, and then both decided they didn't want to keep memorizing.
After a time, Abraham set the deadline of February 14th for those who wanted to memorize the passage and win the Bible and another prize. On Sunday I asked the girl if she was ready to say the chapter, and she said not really, that she had forgotten all she had previously memorized. I told her that if she reviewed a few times at home, she would probably discover that she still remembered most of what she had learned.
Yesterday she came. She reviewed the passage a few times, and then she was able to say the whole chapter from memory. We discussed what the verses meant, and then she received her prize. Our prayer is that this scripture will take root and grow in her heart, and that she can let go of her sorrow and bitterness to run to the arms of Love. We also pray that other children will be encouraged by her example of success and that they too will commit scripture to memory.
...faith, hope, and love, but the greatest of these is love!