Alejandra still remembers when quarantine was announced in Peru in March 2020. Like most, she thought it would be a short convenience lasting a few days. She never imagined it would go on for more than a year.
“I’m a single mother. Samuel is 11 years old now, and he’s my only son,” says Alejandra. “When the pandemic started, nobody ever called me (to clean their house) again, and I didn’t have an income anymore. This didn’t just affect us financially but also emotionally. My son was frightened. He didn’t want me to leave the house because I’m all he has.”
As Alejandra tried to calm her son’s fears, she got a call from his Compassion center, scheduling a time to bring the family a food basket.
“What a great joy I felt! We prayed right there and thanked the Lord! I thought it would only be a one-time gift, but they kept calling us time and time again for more food baskets. Abba Father provided through the center!” says Alejandra.
The visit encouraged Samuel, and he was re-energized in his studies. He dreams of being a civil engineer when he grows up, and Alejandra says she’ll do whatever she can to support those dreams.
While she waits for jobs to open up again, Alejandra spends her time praying. And a lot of that time, she prays for Compassion supporters around the world.
“My only job now is to keep praying for all the supporters. We pray for them all the time. Samuel says he’s grateful that despite this crisis, they didn’t forget about us,” says Alejandra. “He wants his sponsor to know that he prays for God to watch over her, bless her and give her good health. He misses writing her letters. We’re grateful for everything they do. May God bless you and your families! I thank you from my heart.”