Prayers Answered, Lives Changed
Julissa excels at science and language at her school in El Salvador. But the 14-year-old’s home life was torn apart by violent arguments between her parents and her father’s physical assaults toward her mother.
This unhealthy home life began to affect her oldest brother, Kevin, who began drinking and smoking with other teens. Julissa suspected her brother was involved in illegal activities and feared he would join a gang.
“I would often pray to God for Him to change them,” Julissa says.
Alberto Chavez, a youth pastor at a nearby church, became the answer to her prayers. He took part in World Vision trainings on gender equity, peacebuilding, child protection, and teaching Sunday school. This knowledge inspired him to reach out beyond the walls of his church and share what he had learned to change his community.
When Alberto began teaching a class at Kevin’s school, his energy and passion drew Kevin’s attention. Soon Kevin started attending church. As Kevin began to understand God’s love, he found new friends and started his own small business fixing cell phones. Then he invited Julissa to come to church with him.
Julissa was also changed by what she learned, and summer Bible school was a time of healing for her. She and Kevin are learning to trust God more. They have also talked to their parents about Jesus, so home has become a more peaceful place.
“I feel good knowing God has always been there with me,” says Julissa.
Photo ©2015 World Vision
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