Corrie Froese

Approxamately seven years ago I heard of HIV/AIDS and Alto Refugio for the first time. Ever since then, I always wanted to work at Alto Refugio. But God always told me, “Wait!” In January, when I had already made other plans for the year, He showed me that there was work for me in Alto Refugio. I wasn’t very enthusiastic about the idea, but I said “Yes” to God’s plan. Then it was He who filled me with happiness and expectancy to serve there, as I anxiously awaited the time when I would start.

I’ve now been here since March, and I have the opportunity to serve God in different areas. In the Hostel Refugio Primavera, the clothing sale, Dulce Refugio, (helping with the children,) etc. Not all the work is interesting, but I take joy in it anyway because I’m doing it for God.

“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. ” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”

-II Corinthians 12:9

This verse comforted me a lot, for example during the work with the clothing sale, helping move large boxes of clothes and feeling really tired. There are times when you feel that you have no more strength; not even enough to give someone a smile. But that was the exact time when God would ask me to smile at the people, chat with them, or watch a child so their mother could make her purchases. The amazing thing is that I was always capable of doing it, because God gave me the new strength to continue.

I often was asked to be with the children in Dulce Refugio. It’s there where – through the children who are so sincere and say things so directly; through their fears inviting me to play with them; their unrelenting requests that I jump with them on the trampoline, and their shouts of joy when I finally join them – my heart recharges with a new energy. At the end of a day like that I discover once again: “God is good!”

The power of God is sufficient. It covers my weakness and so much more:

“Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?”

-Luke 12:26

Corrie Froese
Filidelfia, Chaco
June 2012

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