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I became aware of Iglesia del Pueblo about seven years ago, but we never attended regularly because since we first came to the US, our lives have been about work, work, and work.
After being separated as a family for a couple of years, God was gracious in uniting the four of us once again, and my daughters started to attend church when there was a bus service for families in the community that didn’t have transportation. They really enjoyed the classes and the interaction with the teachers and the other kids. They would tell me, “Mommy, let’s go to church’ we want to go with you.” I would tell them I didn’t have the option. I was putting my work above everything else, and days, months, and even a couple of years went by when I was very absent in the lives of my daughters and completely away from God.
One day, because of some difficult circumstances, my husband and I decided our lives need to take a different turn, that they couldn’t be about work, even though that had been the reason why we came to this country. My job had been the most important thing in my life, but I decided to quit.
Some friends started to invite me to the Community Group, and even though I declined several times, once I was there, I understood that even thought I had been living the best way I knew how, God had something new for my life. Now, we love to go there and learn many new things.
At the end of 2011, my daughters were able to be part of the kid’s choir, something I never dreamt could happen. Later my daughter would tell me something I’ll never forget: “Mom, we might not have money for Christmas, but a beautiful gift we received is that God came to our lives.” My daughter, Alexandra accepted the Lord, and then, on December 15, I also understood what Christ had done for me. I always thought He would be upset with me because of all the bad things I had done. I longed to hear He wasn’t and that He had forgiven me.
I’m now attending Iglesia every Sunday and the new “Comienzos” (Iglesia del Pueblo’s combined BEGIN and Alpha class). What I’m living and what I can observe are things that motivate me to keep going, guided by the Lord’s hands.
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