Felipe Garcia* hoisted his guitar over the tailgate of his pick-up truck. He and his wife, Camila, were going to his cousin, Marcos’s home in Sanford, Colorado, (a tiny town in southern Colorado near the state line with New Mexico) three miles to the east of La Jara this evening. He couldn’t help but think about all the events of the last six months that had led up to this moment as he loaded their pickup for the trip.
He and Camila has been struggling–a lot financially and in their relationship. If only their financial picture had been better. He was a farm laborer and Camila was a stay-at-home mom with their two-year-old son, Diego, and their six-year-old daughter, Isabella. The $25,000 that he made each year barely paid for the essentials let alone provide any discretionary income. He understood that Camila wanted a new dress occasionally, but the clothes for the children had to come first. Yes, he had spent money for that gun recently, but had justified it thinking that he could hunt geese to supplement their diet.
He had just about had it with everything when he was looking at some posts on Facebook one evening. A pop-up ad suggested that he go to a church site to get some help with his marriage. He had clicked on the site and eagerly listened to the message posted there. Having received several helpful ideas he clicked on another message this time about leadership. While there, he picked up more valuable information. He had submitted a prayer request about his job to the media specialist who had prayed for him on-line. Most important of all, the site suggested that he give his life to the Lord Jesus Christ.
His family tradition included a mainline church, but these days almost none of his large and diverse family had any connection to the Church. Camila had been active in a local sect but she also had no active church ties. Once Felipe had taken the step of inviting Christ into his life, things had begun to change. His performance at work improved, and he had become a foreman. This in turn had brought an increase in income. When he had presented Camila with money for a dress, she became curious and also began to listen to the online messages. Eventually, she also was born again.
The news was too good to keep, so Felipe had shared with his fellow workers and Camila had shared with her neighbors as she had proudly showed off her new dress. A small group had begun meeting regularly at their home, listening and watching the messages on line and discussing them afterward. Camila particularly loved the music and the beautiful backdrops for the words. Soon the whole group was lending their musical talents to the live worship. Felipe had brushed up his guitar-playing skills and now the whole group was on their way to Sanford to provide some live singing while the group viewed the live presentation together.
Camila was excited. “My cousin, Maria, Is also so eager for us to come. She has six people coming together in Antonito next week. Maybe they can start a small group there too. Several of them have said that they want a faith that REALLY works. I have cousins in Romero, Conejos, and Manassa too. I think they will all want to find out about this. It’s life changing!”
*All characters are fictitious.