Carlos was 10 when he began walking to the United States from his home in El Salvador. Once he reached northern Mexico, he and his mother were hidden in the fake floor of a truck and trafficked over to McAllen, Texas.
The journey took a little over two weeks, but Carlos would need another two years to start assimilating into his new country. Yet he never felt secure: his thick accent stood out whenever he talked to Americans, but he also stood out among Mexicans. Always out of place, he started rebelling more and more against his mother, wondering why they made the trek at all.
In desperation, his mother sent him to his uncle in New York, who was a pastor. Here, Carlos felt something very different. He found a family that had a different structure, and he began attending church services for the first time in his life.
The Lord worked in his heart. When he was 15, Carlos gave his life to Christ and began studying Scripture. Now in his late 30s, Carlos is a missionary in Europe, serving Hispanic communities in Italy. He helps those who feel out of place understand there’s room at the table for those who repent of their sins and trust their lives to Jesus Christ.
Ways to pray:
Thanksgiving for the mercy of God that continues to rescue the lives of sinners and change the course of our stories
For churches and ministries seeking to help with immigration resettlement
That the Lord will raise up more missionaries from developing nations to serve the saints and seek the lost all over the world
But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. 1 Corinthians 15:10
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