Today is beyond words. But let me share the words of Carolina (the young woman I mentioned yesterday). This is one of the girls that Marian has been mentoring and sharing the Gospel with since she arrived in Costa Rica. Mariana’s heart yearns for this woman to accept Christ as Savior and Lord. Today as we were finishing her concrete floors, putting up walls, and bringing light to here room (through a clear sheet of corrugated plastic) she began to soften towards us. She was very thankful and began to believe us when we said we were here to help because Christ is in us and He would do this for her because He loves her. Later tonight during our debrief back at the house, Mariana received the following two text messages from Carolina:
at 5:57pm “De nuevo, demasiadas gracias por todo y gracias a todos. Nunca pense que alguien podia hacer lo que hicieron por mi. Estoy muy feliz!” (Translation: Again, thank you for everything and thank everybody. I never thought somebody could do what you guys did for me. I’m very happy!)
at 7:58pm (notice she must have spent more time thinking about it) “No puedo dejar de llorar y estar agradecida por todo lo que hicieron por mi. Todos me mostraron que Dios es bueno. No se porque me costo tanto entenderlo, pero ahora se que Dios ama, y ahora se que Dios me ama!” (Translation: “I can’t stop crying and being thankful for everything you guys did for me. Everybody showed me that God is good. I don’t know why it was so hard for me to understand, but now I know that God loves and that God loves me.”
Wow. God truly is good and Carolina is seeing Him for the first time in a real way.