Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Carlos Jimenez is our neighbor, our friend, and our dear brother in Christ. He is 19 years old now. He works full time, lives with and provides for his mom, has gone to college at night, and never stops to relax or do for himself. He was raised that way. His dad, Antonio, worked every day we knew him. He worked hard, and in his spare time he befriended us, teaching us how to grow different vegetables and fruit, bringing us food, plants and seeds, taking us to his harvests to get what we wanted, and more. He never quit working until the day he died last Summer. He left his wife, and Carlos, the youngest of his children to take care of each other, and they have done just that. Carlos did not return to school the semester after his father passed away. He said he was just taking a break, and we assumed he was still grieving, along with his mom, but the fact was they did not have the money for him to continue. He needed to work more hours, so he did.
Carlos is now building a new house for his mom. He is building it himself after he gets off work in the evenings, and on the weekends. He stops to worship with us on Sunday mornings, and then heads back to work. He is truly an amazing young man, and we love and admire him greatly. He has never asked us to do a thing for him or his family, but has always given of himself freely when we had a need (just like his dad). We finally have found a way that we can help him in his struggles.
He hopes to go back to college this semester, and we, thanks to Sarah and Brody Blagg, have sufficient funds to offer him a scholarship to help with the expenses. He has agreed that it would be a big help if we could assist in this way. We are grateful and honored to be able to help this young man continue with his dreams of a college diploma. We are grateful that God allows us the opportunity to serve His people here, in the ways that He has blessed us to do so. We are grateful for friends, prayer warriors, and those who support us being here.
Joy & Lynn