Some years ago, a well meaning person at church asked a friend of mine from another country, “How does it feel to be in America?” The person was smiling and his question showed he thought it was better for my friend to be here. While it is true that I love living in my home city, having traveled on missions trips has shown there are good things in many countries. But the main thing is what feels like home. Imagine not being safe in your home country anymore and having to leave family, friends, and the culture you know and love.
That was the experience of my friend from Venezuela. She comes to my Sunday morning group. She is a single mom with a thirteen year old son. She works hard in a factory job to provide for her and her son and send money home to her parents in Venezuela.
She left Venezuela because of the brutal dictatorship. Under Chavez, Venezuela went from being one of the wealthiest countries in South America to people not having enough food to eat. She left her family and everything that was familiar to her to come here for safety and her son’s future one year ago.
It has not been an easy year for her and she longs to meet other people from Venezuela. We do not have a large number of Venezuelans living in my city. We have many from other Spanish speaking countries.
Sunday morning we had three new guests come to my group, three young men from Venezuela. We practiced English, prayed, and then Samuel from Honduras sang a few worship songs in Spanish. As he was singing the second song, my friend from Venezuela teared up. She was overcome with mixed emotions. The song touched her soul. She was grateful to meet other Venezuelans. But she also missed her home-Venezuela.
After we finished singing, she came over to me. I stood up and she cried in my arms. Then she went and got hugs from our three guests. I reassured her that Jesus is with her and that she is safe here. Please pray for her.
Thank you for reading. God Bless.
11 thoughts on “Why She Cried In My Sunday Morning Group”
🥲 It’s sad to be away from home. I have never been away from home but I never wanted to be. So, I could easily imagine and feel what it’s like. 🙏 May God’s peace and comfort embrace her always.
She is a gentle soul with much to deal with in life
I’m glad she had you to hug, that’d be so hard. Praying she believes in Jesus and trust that He is with her.
She came again this morning. I call her hermanita preciosa- precious little sister. She smiles
Unfortunately, we Americans can be a bit too US-centric and forget that some people have left everything they know and love to come here for safety reasons. It’s a bittersweet reality.
If it was safe for them, many would choose to have stayed in their home country
We will certainly keep your friend in prayer. As someone not originally from this country, I understand how she feels. The balance of being where you know the Lord desires you to be vs. th desire to be with friends and family can sometimes be difficult
Thank you for praying for her. She is a gentle soul with much to deal with
Matt, thank you for sharing this woman’s journey. Here in America, we sometimes take so much for granted. God’s love has continued to bless this woman and her family.
She is a precious soul
Wow. What touching moment. I am glad she has friends like you around to comfort her.