Our second visit was another very special one when Paul and I met Maria. Just like we had heard from the two women we met earlier that morning, Maria’s story also was one of heartbreak—and of restoration through the power of God’s Word.
When she was 14 years old, Maria was in a car accident and paralyzed in both her legs. Later in life, her legs were amputated.
Maria grew up in a poor community. Her mother died shortly after giving birth to Maria’s brother. Maria was only 10 at the time and helping to care for a baby. Whenever her dad was away from home, he expected her to care for the little one fulltime. Her baby brother died when he was only a year old, and her dad passed away just one week later. That’s a lot of trauma and heartbreak to experience—especially for a 10-year-old girl.
Maria was 14 when she and one of her brothers were in a car driven by her future brother-in-law. Drunk at the time, he crashed the car—and Maria was left paralyzed. I was speechless when she told us that she didn’t note in the police report that he had been driving drunk. Her reason? She didn’t want to bring grief to her sister by having him end up in prison.
Still, she shared how she screamed out to God. “Why me? I am good girl who always behaved well!” She became very depressed and tried to kill herself. In this, her darkest moment, she met a Christian who shared the Gospel with her. She soon realized that God loved her deeply. Though she still struggled with depression, God helped to lift her up out the depths of despair.
She started to share her story with others. It wasn’t long before Maria experienced how God was using her to witness to others—and those she reached were giving their lives to Christ. Her faith continued to grow. She thanked God for her life and for the opportunity to share Christ with others.
Through the help of Bible League Mexico, Maria was trained to be a church planter and has planted a church. She also preaches the Gospel through radio and speaks throughout the country. God turned her life around. Today, Maria is a very committed follower of Jesus and servant of the Word. Praise God that many have found Christ through her ministry.
After the two meetings we had that morning, Paul and I felt extremely privileged to have met these three women of God, each one a witness of biblical proportions. And we weren’t done yet!