Today is International Women’s Day. We celebrate the accomplishments of all women and look with hope toward a future of equality and empowerment. On this occasion, it is fitting to share the story of Maria Cristina, a former sponsored child who graduated as a doctor and surgeon in 2010.
Such a profession seemed impossible for a girl from a poor household in Guatemala, but Maria Cristina persevered with the support of her family and her sponsors of 17 years, Mary Anne and Marshall.
Her faith in her abilities and in the constancy of God’s help was unwavering. This faith continued even when she failed the first two years of classes and had to repeat them.
“What is important is to have faith and to take advantage of all opportunities that may come your way,” she said. “Fill yourself with good intentions, have courage and be decisive, listen to good advice and rub shoulders with people who are optimists. Faith is something in which, without seeing, we believe. And if we believe in achieving something, we will.”
Lord, bless women everywhere. We pray especially for all those mothers, grandmothers and sisters who work to care for family members in need while forging their own paths in life. May their loving hearts and nurturing spirits be blessed with strength and joy. We ask this in your holy name. Amen.
CFCA Prayer Team
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