When COVID-19 hit their community in Nicaragua, Ana and her single mother, Lisseth, found themselves facing homelessness and starvation. Lisseth had long struggled with chronic illnesses but had managed to hold down a job as a nanny. She and Ana, 16, were living with the family she worked for – until the day her employer became fearful of the health risks. Suddenly, Lisseth lost her job and was asked to move out immediately.
As soon as the staff at the local Compassion child development center learned of their situation, help was on the way. “Ana and her mother have become family to this center, so we knew we had to get to work to help them,” says Elisabeth, the director. The center provided monthly food packages, medical assistance, and emotional and spiritual support.
With their immediate needs cared for, Elisabeth next helped them to find a room to live in. Ana and Lisseth no longer have to wonder whether they will have a place to stay for the night or if they will have food on their table.
“I am happy with where we are now, and I know that the Lord is acting in our lives. Amid this pandemic, he has brought us food and filled us with peace,” says Ana.
“Without the center, we would have starved,” says Lisseth. “So, I thank the Lord for his blessings and for giving the center staff a helpful, compassionate heart to help families like ours. I look to the future with new hope in Christ and knowing that we have a place to go to when we find ourselves in need of support.”