Day 6 - Women's HomeWednesday we traveled to another ministry of Camino de Vida - a Women's Home. This is a home for women who have found themselves in drug addiction and prostitution. When we arrived we had worship. We listened to worship songs on a stereo but no one was leading worship. In fact, no one was even standing at the front of the room. But the atmosphere was incredible. The presence of God was like none I had experienced before as we listened to the heart felt voices of these women. They were crying out to Jesus with a passion like few people ever experience in their entire lives. You could hear it in their worship even though we couldn't understand the words with our minds, our spirits joined in. I could hear crying behind me and it was not the women - it was our team.
Nick translated for us as we heard the testimonies of two of the young women. This is Michelle and she is 19 years old. Since a very young child she had been abused by her brother. Her step father was alcoholic and everynight she would sleep in her mother's room so she could try to protect her mother from her husband's beatings. She became so tired of this life that she ran away and began drinking, then smoking pot, and by the age of 14 she was on cocaine. To support her habit she began prostitution. She felt that she was no good and her life was over. But her aunt found her, heard about this home on the radio and brought her here. That was a year ago. She was taught that her life did have worth, she was taught the word of God and it made a radical transformation in her life. After 6 months her mother began visiting her. Then her mother accepted Christ, then recently her step-father did as well. She has forgiven all who had abused her in the past, including her brother. She and her brother now have a restored healthy relationship. Her greatest desire is to help other women see that there is a life with Christ.
Charlotte shared a word with them - she spoke to them in Spanish (go Charlotte!) and I was able to give them a health education mini-seminar and answer their questions. Then we all had to pose for a picture. It was a powerful time for us.
What awesome work that God is doing through this ministry.