Julio is 44 years old and lives in Ticsán. He makes the most of his small plot of land by growing potatoes, corn, and beans. He also raises pigs, chickens, and cuy. It’s not enough.
Julio and his wife, Maria Rosario, moved from deep in the Andes mountains to Ticsán so that their four children (ages 16-9) could attend school. But making ends meet isn’t easy.
The pressure to put food on the table and shoes on his children’s feet is the source of a great struggle in Julio. His family travels every Sunday morning at 4am to a neighboring town to set up at the market to sell wares. This provides them with much needed financial relief while simultaneously preventing them from congregating with the church Julio helps lead.
Julio was in tears as he told me about the conflict this is causing in his heart. We prayed together about it. Please pray for him, too.
Julio didn’t expect to attend the training. He was invited by the lead pastor just days before because another man had to drop out.
“I’m so grateful.” Julio told me. “I wasn’t able to share God’s word with anyone before. I couldn’t talk to people. I couldn’t share. That is how I thought.”
He said, “Now, I am able to share. No I am prepared. I am so thankful to be here. I am so surprised!”