Humberto Flores, pastor at The Victory Church, a partner church with Compassion in Bolivia, was desperately trying to provide registered children and their families with food. After seeking approval from the local government for days, he finally received permission.
One of the first homes he visited was that of 17-year-old Jose and his grandmother, Maria. When Pastor Flores entered the home, he found Jose lying in his bed, writhing in pain. Immediately, he took Jose to the hospital.
"At that moment, one doesn't think,” says Pastor Flores. “One has to act and not be negligent. That's why we decided to take Jose urgently to the hospital, where he received emergency surgery for a digestive tract issue. The doctor told us one more day and he may have died.”
In the end, Jose and his family got much more than a food basket — they got a God-ordained visit at just the right time. Compassion is currently helping the family pay for Jose’s medical bills as he continues to recover from his surgery.
“If the pastor hadn't arrived, I would have gotten very bad,” says Jose. “I can't imagine how it would have ended. I'm thankful to the pastor; he was like sent from heaven, by God."