Everything became so difficult. My dad kept drinking, and now my mother was gone. I assumed the responsibility of caring for my brothers as an older sister. I was just a little girl taking care of my siblings. I did my best. There were many nights when I thought “Why me?”. I wondered why I had to live suffering from my parents’ decisions. There was one night where I wished I hadn’t been born.
Due to all of the problems, my brothers and I turned to the streets as a form of survival and also to avoid the reality that we lived in our family. We spent all day on the streets. We asked for money outside some restaurants, my brothers shined shoes sometimes to get some money to feed us. We were running a lot of risks on the street, but in spite of everything we were always taking care of each other. Although we were looking for a way to have fun, as all children do, on many occasions we went hungry, we lived situations that we could hardly understand at our age.
But something changed the life of the Medina siblings and that was meeting some very special people who came into our lives at the time we most needed. We met Pastor Jeony Ordoñez, Pastor Jorge Pinto, his wife Martha and his whole family. They brought food to the streets. There was a beautiful connection. That is how we arrived at Project Manuelito, a ministry founded by Pastor Jorge Alberto Pinto Martínez, whom I now call Padre (Father). Since then our lives changed. We entered Manuelito with all of my siblings. That marked the beginning of many things.
We started studying. We were old for our grades so we studied with a system in which we could do two years in one. We no longer had to worry about food, because we had it there three times a day. We were safe and we needn’t worry about daily living. The Lord Jesus began working in my life. There were many wounds to heal, I needed to forgive my parents. I let Jesus enter into my heart. I handed him everything I felt. I understood that to start a new life in him, I needed to forgive, and I did.
I finished studying in primary school. I still wasn’t sure what to study in high school. Since the I entered Manuelito, I began to serve in the different ministries of the church, among them, Sunday school. That’s why I decided to study to be a teacher.
I finished my years of studying and graduated as a Primary Education Teacher. Those three years of study, I had the opportunity to live in the house of Pastor Jorge and his wife, along with two other girls who also suffered difficult situations whom I consider my sisters. Together we have managed to get ahead. I learned so much from Pastor Jorge and his wife Martha, who from the first moment I arrived at Manuelito, have treated me like a daughter. They are some of the people I most admire and respect.
I graduated from Manuelito when I finished secondary education. Just before graduating Mauricio Flores and Helga Pinto told me, Maricela and Maribel that if we wanted, we could be part of the school staff that would open in Manuelito (in Talanga). This was a very simple answer for us, and we all smiled greatly and said YES! That was the opportunity God had for our lives. We could use our profession in the place that had given us so much and it was wonderful to serve the Lord through teaching.
Since then I have served as a teacher in Manuelito. Since I started working, I also started university. I graduated with a degree in teaching Spanish. I traveled to the teaching university in Comayagua on weekends to study. I have been serving in this capacity for nine years at the school of ”Rev. Jorge Alberto Pinto. ”
I never could have imagined what awaited me. As a child I didn’t think my life made sense. I never thought about what the Lord had prepared. There were so many tears. Tears that turned into joy, peace, challenges, dreams. God in his infinite mercy called me from darkness to his marvelous light. He never abandoned me. Now I understand so many things and even more than that, I live with purpose because now I know that although my brothers and I went through so many adversities the Lord Jesus had a plan for our lives. My brothers also studied. One of them was supported by the Micah Project and graduated as a psychologist. We are all somehow meeting the goals we have set ourselves. But most importantly, we remain united. My three younger sisters live with me still.
We have repeatedly talked about the dreams we have. We want our generation to be different. We know that we will only be able to achieve that through our walk with the Lord. We still communicate with our mother and we love and honor her because we understand that she also had a difficult childhood. (My father passed away a year ago.)
While at some point in my life I thought life was meaningless, here I am. Grateful to God for so many blessings. For so many people who have loved and supported me in this process. Without a doubt, there will come many challenges and decisions to make, but I am confident because I have the best friend and father; God. I will continue to serve the Lord wherever I am.