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Rosa and Mercedes

Last Friday was a typical day of  “Café y Coser con Cristo” in Cercadillo. After coffee and Bible study it was time to divide into teams for the various activities of the day.

Some of the women moved to the Toyota to get out the sewing tables, sewing machines, supplies and generator.  Others started moving the big tables from our blue building to prepare for cutting fabric.  A third group began cutting out the card stock name tags that are used to identify the finished products the women make. Meanwhile a fourth group divided themselves into twos to work on cutting old t-shirts into strips that will later be made into rugs.

After awhile things were moving along so smoothly that I had a rare moment to take out my camera.  (Thanks again to the Kaeterlies for the new compact camera!)

My favorite picture of the day was this one of Rosa and Mercedes.  They were totally enjoying each other, often laughing loudly, as they cut the t-shirts and rolled the strips into balls.   Others also seemed very content to be working together, but Rosa and Mercedes?

A few months ago we were studying through the book of Mark.  The section of Scripture that day was about divorce.  I was wondering how it could possibly apply to my women, none of whom are legally married.  All l said was, “Today we will see that Jesus cares about relationships.”  Honestly, that was all I said, and Rosa started sobbing and then wailing.

It took a long time for her to be calm enough to tell us what was wrong.  At first she just kept repeating, “Jesus cares about relationships!” and then she’d start crying uncontrollably again.  Finally she got up and went over to Mercedes and said, “Jesus cares about relationships!  I’m sorry!  I’m sorry!”   By this time almost the whole group was crying because they knew the background I didn’t.

I had somehow missed that Rosa and Mercedes never spoke to each other.  In fact, they hadn’t spoken in almost 15 years.  Mercedes’s son is the father of one of Rosa’s boys.  It seems Rosa and Mercedes had an argument over how to care for the boy when he was an infant.  So for almost 15 years they lived in anger and hatred within a mile of each other, neither recognizing the other, and the boy not knowing that Mercedes was his grandmother.

But that all changed one day when Rosa understood that Jesus cares about relationships.  And in one more family, in one little village,  there is a little more peace on earth than there was last year.

“Where meek souls will receive Him still, the dear Christ enters in.”

How thankful I am to be here, watching The Prince of Peace change lives.

Merry, Merry Christmas!

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  1. Jean

    What a blessing to see what God can do in the lives of these wonderful women in Cercadillo. I am blessed to see how this works out in this family. I think all of us should think about all of our relationships and see if we should not hold grudges and should forgive one another. It ceretainly does please God. Have a blessed Christmas Ina and give the ladies my love.

  2. Cheryl Abel

    Thank you Ina for the update. Oh, what a blessing for so many that a relationship has been restored. Love you and Merry Christmas to you and to your family at Cercadillo.

  3. Renee Larson


    Thank you for this wonderful web site. I enjoyed the video, and having been there I was even more moved by all you have done. The vision God has given you is such a blessing for all. Merry Christmas, and a propserous New Year in doing god’s work

  4. Ina,

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and the group in Cercadillo. We sat around the dinner table today New years day and talked about our last trip to the village. We are looking forward to our next trip. I thank God for you and the work He is leading you to do. Take care my sister in Christ.

    P.s. Your collage mate said hello. Mike Douglas. lol