A little over a year ago our camping coordinator Gabriel walked out of the office one Saturday to check on Casa de Pan y Alabanza, a church having their retreat at the ranch, when he heard a woman crying nearby. Seeing that she was alone, he found head cook Alicia in the kitchen and said, “I need you to help me pray for this woman.” So Alicia found the girl and prayed with her, encouraging her and speaking words of comfort and truth to her.
Fast forward to a couple weekends ago when the same church came back for another retreat; their leader, Marissa came to thank Mary for all her work and hospitality, she began to tell Mary about her daughter, Lidia. Lidia loved to sing ranchero and mariachi-style songs, but wasn’t a Christian. Marissa would always ask Lidia why she never wanted to use her talents for the Lord, and one day invited her to sing at a women’s retreat at Agua Viva. So Lidia came and sang during one of the services, and as soon as she finished singing she left the service. Marissa told Mary that her daughter left thinking that God didn’t like the way she sang, but that God was working in her heart, and Lidia broke down crying.
In that moment, a woman Lidia didn’t know (Alicia) came and began to pray for her, told her that God was pleased with her, that He loved the way she sang. And Lidia came to know God that day, has been singing worship at her church ever since. Marissa told Mary this story and they were able to connect the dots to see how God worked to reach her daughter. “All the work you do is worthwhile, my family has been changed by God here,” Marissa told Mary. And the best part is that God is doing his beautiful work every single day, drawing people to himself and redeeming talents and gifts for his glory.