Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. – James 1:27
Today we’d like to introduce you to a friend of ours who spends her life ‘looking after orphans’ with special needs.
Meet Sister Valeriana Garcia Martin, a 4’11’ Spanish nun working with special needs orphans in southern Bogota. We met Sister Valeriana (“Hermana” is Spanish for Sister) on a trip to Colombia in 2006.
Luz y Vida started when Hermana took in 4 children off the streets. In her own words she says, “I told God I was his instrument, but that He had to do the work, He had to feed the children.” 20 years later Luz y Vida is a network of over 1200 children in 8 different facilites, including 2 inclusion-schools. The children under her care have just about every disability you can imagine from mental retardation to Spina Bifida to a rare and devastating disease called Epidermis Bullosa.
Here is a video profile of Sister and Luz y Vida:
Meeting Hermana and her children is life changing. What you see is an ever expanding family where the Kingdom of God is at work and love abounds.
Today we want to pray not only for Hermana Valeriana and her work, but the 1000’s of unsung heroes like her who spend their lives “looking after” orphans.
Father, thank you for bringing light and life in place of darkness and death. We thank you for Sister Valeriana and for those like her who dare to trust that you will provide if they step out in faith to look after orphans. Strengthen them for the work you have for them this day. God, we pray for the orphans of the world who don’t live in an experience of love. Jesus, bring your love to them. Call more people to take up the cause of the fatherless and share your love in extravagant ways. In Jesus Name, Amen.
For more info about Luz y Vida or to get involved, you can visit www.handsofferinghope.org or shoot us an email at email@example.com about joining us on our next visit to Bogota in 2013.