Tuesday, February 24
Our congregation, Jesus of Nazareth Presbyterian Community, is located in a semirural area outside the city of Barquisimeto. In the Valley Breezes neighborhood lives Alida González, a 41-year-old mother of four we met four years ago.
That day, Alida was preparing to entrust her children to her sister-in-law. Alida lives with chronic anemia, hepatitis, diabetes, and hypertension. And kidney failure has sent her to dialysis three times a week the past four years.
Soon after, Alida began attending our worship services. Her children had been receiving homework help at the church for some time. Shortly after she joined us, she made a choice to follow Jesus, or, as she likes to say, “the way of the Word.”
Alida has become a role model. Her whole attitude has changed since she chose to follow Christ. Her face no longer reflects her daily sufferings but joy and vitality instead. And it’s not only her facial expressions; she also encourages the other dialysis patients to keep living and working.
Alida’s health problems are matched by precarious economic conditions. Her family’s income is minimal. Although her kidney failure prevents her from being very active, she is always doing something and sells small items from her home. Thanks to a fund set up through donations from a friend of the congregation, the church can purchase medicines for Alida each month.
—Rev. Wilfredo Peña: pastor, Jesus of Nazareth Presbyterian Community; moderator, Presbyterian Church of Venezuela
Let us join in prayer for:
Presbyterian Church of Venezuela: Rev. Wilfredo Pena, moderator, Rev. Lorena Bulmes, executive secretary
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Cathleen Clancy, PMA
Martha E. Clark, PMA
Let us pray
God, we give you thanks for Alida’s life, which demonstrates how with Christ we can face even life’s most difficult situations. We ask your merciful healing for her in the name of Jesus of Nazareth. Amen.