Written by Mafer
I want to dedicate this post to those who, from birth, have been fighting for their lives. I write to the little ones who spend most of their lives in hospitals. This letter is to remember HIV/AIDS patients.
It has been 10 months since Justin Guerrero passed away. I would like to tell you about him.
I met Justin one Tuesday in December 2011, when I first started my time with OM Ecuador. He was a shy child, hiding behind the sheets. One day, I made him smile, and that was the beginning of a friendship.
Justin was born on 1 November 2003. He loved school, but he missed a lot, as he spent so much time at the hospital.
He wanted to learn to play the guitar.
His favorite Christian song was “Eres Todopoderoso” (“You are Almighty”).
His Ecuadorian football soccer team was Barcelona (the team from Ecuador).
He loved to watch movies (one favorite was The Avengers).
And his favorite color was blue.
On 2 April 2013, I was in the south of Ecuador in the province of Zamora Chinchipe doing the medical brigade in “Los Encuentros.” At the beginning of the second day, I received a call from Justin´s grandmother to let me know that Justin passed away.
In that moment, I did not know what to do, think or say. I hung up the phone and ran to hide so I could cry.
With his sudden departure, I felt a deep pain. I thought about traveling 14 hours and returning to Guayaquil so I could be with Rosita, Justin’s grandmother. But I knew the responsibility that I had in that moment, the souls of the people who would hear the Gospel in the medical brigade.
Others shared hugs and words that tried to comfort me. I knew where he’d gone and that it was much better, with no more suffering for him.
One person came and prayed and said, “Look at him right now -- he is with Jesus.”
I remember that I saw an image where Jesus was carrying Justin.
This has been one of the hardest times in my life. I’ve had to learn how God can give me strength and comfort.
Something else that I learned in this time is that I can understand when Jesus cried for those who needed Him.
His Word comes to life when He teaches us to love the little ones who are suffering.
I do not want to let time go by and not dedicate this letter to him whom God used to make me love deeper, as well as to those who are suffering and need comfort from a friend. I can pray and support them in Spirit and Truth.
Please pray with us for the following:
- Pray for each kid who was born with this sickness and for the mothers who many times get infected from their husband.
- Pray for those who have lost family members because of this sickness.
- Pray for the young boys and girls that are used in sex trafficking and get hurt emotionally and spiritually, as well as being infected with this and other sicknesses.
- Pray for strength for the grandparents as they are the ones who take care of them when the parents pass away.
- Pray for the kids that are orphans and, often, are alone at the hospital.
Mafer is from Guayaquil, Ecuador, and has been working in the OM Andean Region since December 2011 as Short Term Missions Coordinator. Mafer likes to work with youth and enjoys discipleship. As a hobby, she explores the wonders of God’s creation outside of city-life.