By Gaby Andrade
When my husband Ruben and I started working with Andean Aid in 2000, I could not have known how big it would become. We began with one Help and Hope Center in Rubio, and now we serve 11 villages and hundreds of children after school every day.
When we began, helping others was simple and easy. But as time passed, people began to place their hope in us, asking for things that were more difficult. I think of Bladimir Gomez, whose story is shown in this video. He needed surgery for a facial deformity. We thought surgery would be impossible, because securing passports and visas to the United States for treatment was proving very difficult. Yet God helped us overcome obstacles, and today, Bladimir is thriving, with new life in Christ.
Over the years, our organization has faced many more challenging situations. Exchanges rates, closed border crossings, government decisions, new rules of migration in Colombia, scores of Venezuelans leaving the country, the daily task of traversing the mountains, severe shortages of basic supplies and food… these are just a few of many hardships we endure daily. We must think of ways to overcome what’s put before us.
But God always shows us that it’s not with our own effort, but through His might, that we climb mountains and walk through fire.
My daily work overseeing our 11 Help and Hope Centers and teams of volunteers and teachers has brought great joy and countless blessings, too. I’m proud to be doing something God smiles upon, and I never get bored, to be sure!
Just as God has His hand on the work we do, He has also brought together a Board of Directors in the United States comprised of wonderful people with big hearts.
I’m very grateful God has allowed me to be part of Andean Aid. We are helping hundreds of children live more abundant lives. Thank you for your prayers – and may God bless you for your support.