In Costa Rica it can rain for up to eight months of the year. For Coni and her family, living in one of the most impoverished slums in the country, this meant they had to put up with a constant drip, drip, drip in their one-room shack.
And what was even more distressing for Coni, was seeing her children covered in bite marks. At night, rats would crawl in and nibble on the hands or feet of her sleeping children.
But thanks to OM’s Pearl Project, Coni’s life is beginning to change and dignity is being restored.
This week Tina Yeager, Director of Freedom Challenge USA, has been visiting the Pearl Project with a team of Freedom Challenge supporters.
She has met many women like Coni who are, for the first time, experiencing hope for the future and freedom from their often oppressive circumstances.
On a practical level, the Pearl Process teaches vulnerable women to make sandals and create mosaics, skills they can use to provide a regular income for their family. This ability to make a living enabled Coni to move out of the city slum and into a safer area, into a house with a solid roof and access to a good school for her children.
But that is not all that the Pearl Process offers. Most of the women who go through the project have experienced physical or emotional abuse. The staff at the Pearl Process offer these women love and acceptance – something they may never have known before.
Alongside the skills training, the women enjoy Bible studies. Many have become Christians.
“I’m actually starting to believe that God is good and that he does provide for me and that he does love me and my children,” announced Coni one day to Julie Paniagua, the Pearl Process team leader.
Coni is so thankful that her life has been completely transformed.
That is what Freedom Challenge is all about. We long to see many more women released from oppression and modern-day slavery. We support OM projects that bring transformation to women and children in the most-at risk communities.
Please continue to pray for Tina, the Freedom Challenge volunteers and women like Coni who are so precious to God.
Visit next week for a lovely photo essay and stories from Tina’s trip!
$150 will set a woman on a path to freedom.