I thank you for your love & compassion…from the bottom of my heart

My name is Juana. I am an immigrant/refugee from Mexico. I know a lot is being said about immigrants these days, but I want you to know that I’m doing everything legal to stay in this country so I can make a better life for myself and children. But never thought I would be able to be in such a wonderful place like the Holland Rescue Mission. and the Gateway Center. I am learning so much here.

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I am becoming more disciplined in my Christian faith, and I am waiting to see what God will do next in my life. I have many good friends here at the Mission. These are men and women who reach out to me, accept me and who want the best for my life. If I did not have the privilege of being here, I don’t know where I would be today. I just know it would be difficult.

I’m learning how to be a servant to others

The Mission may be a lot of things to a lot of people, but for me it’s an opportunity to be of service to others; to be a student, a volunteer, to learn more about the Bible and even how to write a resume for the day when I’m able to work full-time. The process is slow, but I’m doing everything legally and patiently, knowing God will take care of my family and me. I already have a job lined up teaching Spanish as soon as I get my work permit. Sometimes, I admit it’s hard to be patient, but I know in the long run God will give me what I need.

You and I may never meet, but I want you to know how much I appreciate your support. Thank you for reaching out to me during this holiday season.