Xiomara is Overjoyed With The Blessing

As we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord, this seems like a great time to think about our blessings. We live among some people with very real needs. The Dominican Republic is a third world country after all. Many of the people live in difficult situations. Their homes are mostly one room and they have no bathrooms. Some will buy a handful of rice and beans to feed their family for that day because that is all they can afford. What is truly amazing about these Dominicans is that those who are faithful to Christ feel completely blessed.

I would like to share a story of one such person. Her name is Xiomara. Xiomara is a teacher at our school in the village of Bombita. She is a lively woman with a beautiful daughter named Lorena. She works tirelessly for the students of this school. When the school began a few years ago, there were just a handful of students. Now there are nearly one-hundred kids that attend. Xiomara is also very active in our church in Bombita. When we began the church a few years ago, we had only a few regular people, and she was always there with a smile and encouragement for us. Now the church has grown to be a real light in the community and she was a big part of that.

Xiomara is one of the faithful that does not complain about her situation. She lives in a very small wood home that is crumbling. This past month we had a group of pastors down on a trip and one of the pastors felt a great burden for Xiomara’s living conditions. He decided to go home and raise money with help from the other pastors in the group. These wonderful people have raised enough money to build Xiomara a new home.

Xiomara is overjoyed with the blessing. Her new home will have two bedrooms, a kitchen area, living area, and an inside bathroom with running water. Her entire home will be around 400 square feet. This home will be built of concrete block half way up to help with the strength of the home. The rest of the house will be traditional wooded Dominican style construction. All of the rooms will be tiled with beautiful floor tiles. This is a luxury as most Dominican homes in this area have either dirt floors, as her current home does, or concrete at best.

When I saw her last she could not contain her excitement and is giving God the glory. She already felt blessed in her life because she had the saving grace of Jesus, but now she has received a special blessing for this life as well. As we feel tempted to complain about our circumstances, think of Xiomara and her life for God and serving others and remember that we are truly blessed indeed.

– Renee Cutts

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One Response to “Xiomara is Overjoyed With The Blessing”

  1. Monkey Says:

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