Self Care Made Simple.
"My family was very blessed to meet a beautiful single mother of six named Sarai, who greeted them with a joyful smile that would instantly brighten any room she was in. By all appearances, you’d never guess in a million years what she’s been through.
Sarai had been covertly transferred hours away from a coastal city in Costa Rica to the small city near our mission post to protect her from her violent husband. Her husband has since been sentenced to fifty years in prison on accounts of domestic violence. They had been married for 15 years and had six kids together. Sarai lost everything and had to start over. Luckily, her life was transferred near an uncle of hers who happened to live by a popular tourist town, and she was able to find a job.
Sadly, even though Sarai found what many would consider a prestigious job as a high-end chef at a FIVE-star hotel, she is only making 1200 colones per hour, which is equivalent to about $2.00 an hour. With the cost of living in said tourist town, being paid this much is barely enough for her to live on if she lived alone. As it stands, she needs to pay bills and feed her family of eight (her mother has moved in with her as well), who all live in a small one-bedroom apartment, with a total of three beds for all of them to share, and no outside space for them to play except a skinny sidewalk leading to the street. Can you imagine? Eight people, including your mother, sharing three beds?
Sarai has a dream. She’s dreamed it enough to have found and priced all the bare minimum materials needed to start her own business: baking cakes and other decorated sweets to sell. Sarai proudly showed us pictures of her creations on her phone that showcased exquisitely prepared cakes and other baked goods she’s made for the luxury hotel she works at. She would already start selling her baked goods on the side – in addition to working sometimes 14 hours a day – in order to make ends meet, but her landlord won’t let her connect an oven due to the electricity bill it would incur. Furthermore, the oven she already owns would need to be repaired as it does not get hot, she explained.
Now we have the same dream as Sarai; not only to eventually help her start her own business, but to first get her family in a house that fits them, and to get her out of survival mode so she can sustain feeding her family on her own.
God has brought our two families together. I know we are meant to ask for help on behalf of this family. I struggle greatly with the inequality of the circumstances of life. But instead of dwelling on that, I’m realizing that God loves to use us all when we agree to be used by him. And the Lord hears the cries of the poor."
“The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles.” -Psalm 34:17
Blog written by Brad & Rachael
Missionaries in Costa Rica