The following is a story from one our most dedicated and impactful staff members here at HOPEww Bolivia. She is an incredible example of faith, perseverance and love.
My name is Zaida. I am 47 years old. After both of my parents passed away, I became an orphan at six years old. For the next eight years, I lived in an orphanage surrounded by many other girls just like me. Living in an orphanage never compared to being in a home surrounded by family; parents, brothers and sisters.
When I left the orphanage, my insecurities only increased. Due to years of living without affection, and with my own lack of emotional maturity, I ended up clinging to a boy. I married very young, at age 22, and this only created many more troublesome issues. My marriage was full of conflict and other painful trauma, such as losing my son to a serious illness when he was only six years old. I suffered through situations of physical and psychological aggression. I came to believe that my life was hopeless. I was very scared. I became a victim of the situation, feeling like a failure, directionless and unloved.
Ten years ago I made the most important decision of my life. I started walking with Jesus. Over time, I began to realize that God could really use the things that I’ve been through to help others, and that there is a meaningful purpose for my pain. I now understand that God wants me to serve and support other orphans, mothers, individuals who suffer violence, those who lose their children, and even disoriented young girls and families who live in situations of economic and emotional poverty.
Last year, I received my degree in Psychology and now I currently work for HOPE worldwide Bolivia within the “Healthy Families” Program. I am also the Coordinator of HOPE’s Sala de Juegos Playroom within Hospital Arco Iris. I am very happy to have this opportunity to serve people. I am convinced that this is God’s plan for my life, and my past experiences have helped enhance and develop my talents, skills, and my love for others. I am also very grateful to be part of the incredible HOPEww team who love and serve God.
God has worked in my life, helping me to change my way of seeing situations. Now, I see my sufferings as opportunities to learn, to grow and to help others. Even more than that, I am the clay that is being molded within the hands of a perfect Artist. God has perfect plans for each of us and I hope I can, in one way or another, communicate that to every woman and child I serve.
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