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“The one who calls you is faithful.” —1 Thess. 5:24

Tuesday, February 24

Venezuela

Alida with her children Courtesy of Wilfredo Peña

 

Alida with her children

 

Courtesy of Wilfredo Peña

 

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:

Partners/Ministries

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.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 34; 146
First Reading Deuteronomy 9:(1-3) 4-12
Second Reading Hebrews 3:1-11
Gospel Reading John 2:13-22
Evening Psalms 25; 91

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