Omar Zuniga of the MÈrida, Mexico, project staff sent us this heartwarming report of a friendship that began on a recent mission awareness trip in MÈrida.
The hour-long crossing that the bus was about to begin from Chun-Y· to Carrillo Puerto, Quintana Roo, made Lillian NegrÛn, sponsor of 10 children through CFCA, decide to get off to stretch her legs.
It was an impulse that, she commented afterward, was of divine origin.
Alfredo, left, and Lillian meet during a mission awareness trip in MÈrida.
On getting off the bus she met Alfredo, a scholarship student from the CFCA project in MÈrida.
Alfredo has been a scholarship student for a little more than six years and has helped each sponsored child to write their letters and Christmas greetings with the dedication displayed only by teachers who work wholeheartedly at their jobs.
His dedication and excellent work for the MÈrida project has earned him a double scholarship, and he is able to support his family members in a better way.
He has been able to supply his younger brothers with shoes, school uniforms, as well as all their basic needs in the home.
Lillian asked him about his dreams and aspirations, while she was waiting for her bus to leave for its destination.
Alfredo told her that he wanted to finish preparatory school to study for a degree so that he would be able to help his parents and his brothers to have a better future.
To do this, Alfredo would have to stay in Carrillo Puerto and rent a room for students.
If he were to commute daily from his community to the city where the nearest university is, it would cost him about 110 pesos (approximately $8.93 U.S.) a day and would take him an hour and a half each way, plus all the extra expense on days when he would have to stay late at night doing homework and research.
Lillian listened to every point. Finally she surprised the young scholarship student by asking him, without further ado but with her good will, with only the least introduction of greetings and with no more contact than a glance, ìAnd do you want me to be your sponsor?î
Alfredo is an excellent scholarship student who, in the MÈrida project, had excelled and had earned the love and respect of each and every one of the staff members.
He has learned to take advantage of his talents and to focus on a future that has no limits.
Today, Alfredo is a sponsored member of the MÈrida project, and, thanks to Lillian NegrÛn, he will be able to pursue his dreams.