The group split, with the women returning to La Cosecha to continue the sewing projects with the women and the guys going to Etla to help with projects at the men’s facility. In two days, the women had finished multiple projects on their own and were ready for more. I was impressed by how quickly they pick up concepts and then come up with their own ideas to make more creative projects or continue ones with things they are able to get locally.
While helping the women with their addictions and physical needs is a big part of the operations of La Cosecha, everything is founded on the gospel, which is what truly changes lives. So, the women are constantly saturated with the gospel during their stay at the facility.
After lunch, we sat down with the women and they shared their stories with us about how they ended up at the facility and how God was working in their lives. There were some hard, tough stories told and I was grateful they were so willing to share such personal and heart-wrenching information with people they just met. It’s a testament to the impact that the simple act of showing the same kind of love Christ first showed us can have on others. The stories are also great testimonies of how God lifts us out of our miry pits and restores our brokenness, no matter how far we’ve fallen.
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. – John 13:34-35
Written by Jennifer Giden