Yuleicy, a Compassion alumna, worked hard to escape the snares of poverty — and now she is serving at the same Compassion center where she found freedom, sharing the gospel with young adults struggling with addictions.

An Alumna Gives Back

Yuleicy, a Compassion alumna, worked hard to escape the snares of poverty — and now she is serving at the same Compassion center where she found freedom, sharing the gospel with young adults struggling with addictions.

Yuleicy

“I used to have low self-esteem when I was a teen," Yuleicy says. "However, at the center they taught me that I was important to God and a valuable person. I enjoyed participating in all the activities and loved to receive letters from my sponsors. I felt happy knowing that they loved me. One of the most important things I learned was that I should share the love of God with others.”

Now, Yuleicy is 23 years old. As part of her education, she studied business administration and early childhood development. Her studies allowed Yuleicy to start working as a tutor in the Compassion center she once attended.

“I like to work at the center ... because I love serving God there," she says. "It is a privilege for me to work at the center where I have received love and care.” Most people in Yuleicy’s community of Nueva Colonia, Colombia, live in poverty, and teens often fall victim to drug abuse, alcoholism and gangs.

“Near my house, there were some teenagers who grew up with me. They started to have bad behaviors, became part of gangs and used drugs. After seeing how young people were destroying their own lives, I decided to do something.

“God put in my heart the desire of sharing with them His love. I used to go to share the gospel with people from my church, but I never had done it by myself, so I started to talk about God’s Word by myself. At the beginning, it was not easy. I was afraid about going to talk to young people. I had no idea of what to say, but they received me with a good attitude and now I feel confident giving them advice, praying and reading the Bible for them.”

Praying
Yuleicy with kids at the center

Yuleicy says she has started to see changes in the lives of those she ministers to. She doesn’t know where God is leading her next, but she says she is willing to follow His call in her life.

“I hope to be a better Christian and leader every day. I want to study a professional career in a social area. I want to be able to help my family financially and also help other people who need me. I have many plans. I would like to have a foundation to help people who are having problems with drugs.

“I want to help young people because many of them do not have dreams or a purpose for their lives. I am grateful because God released me from spiritual, cognitive, emotional and physical poverty through the Compassion center, and now I am able to help others.”