She believes God prepared her for the position through her past experiences. “In my previous job, I worked as a secretary, and this helped me to learn about finances, how to use the internet and diverse programs that I use now,” she explained.
Being a center director has pushed her to consistently learn new things. She only had the opportunity to study until high school, but this hasn’t stopped her from being committed to her own studies so she can teach others.
“I’m currently also working as a tutor for the group of teenagers from 15 to 18 years old, and I love working income generation workshops with them,” she said. “It is wonderful to provide them with the tools so that they can generate their own sources of money.”
Over the years, Belen became adept at organizing the center’s administration and logistics. She knows, though, that the most important priority is the children’s soul — souls that needs to be seen, cared for, loved, encouraged and directed onto the right path.
That’s why she and the center staff members help the children understand they are precious and born with a purpose. Every night before bed, Belen prays for the wisdom and vitality to lead the staff members and children so that they can all feel loved, known and protected.
It’s been 25 years since Belen first began serving in the church. From time to time, she wonders what she would be doing if she wasn’t working with children. She cannot imagine herself anywhere else.
“I love being here,” she says. “I constantly learn from the children and their parents; and being able to see their faces when they receive a letter, a gift or food they like is priceless.”
Thank you, Belen, for your commitment to the children in Hidalgo and for all the ways you’re allowing God to use your gifts to release children from poverty in Jesus’ name!