Repairing Lives: Leydis and Bill’s Story

“I thought that I was going to die.” Leydis sat on a small stool perched among broken appliances and quietly shared her experience of encountering Jesus for the first time. We (four volunteers from Pan de Vida) sat listening intently. “The doctors said there was nothing to do about the leukemia, so I went to …

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A Back-Breaking Struggle Against Poverty

Jesus Enrique is a proud father and loving husband who works tirelessly to provide for his family, but despite his best efforts he cannot free himself from the grip of poverty on his own. Several years ago, Jesus immigrated from Venezuela in search of work but soon discovered that there are few employment options open to Venezuelans in Quito, so he took to the …

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Alejandro Vidal: Guidance at Traffic Lights

When the traffic light turns red, Alejandro Vidal walks between the cars near Avenue Brazil with a basket full of marshmallows and his hands holding gummies. As the cars drive by, people roll down their windows to purchase anything from masks to a snack for their morning commutes. Alejandro says he works from “sunday to …

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Beginning Again- The Story of Mayerling Gomez

During the peak of the Venezuelan crisis, Mayerling, Edgar and their son Edgar Jr. were forced to flee their home and seek refuge in Ecuador. This was no small decision since both Mayerling and Edgar occupied stable, professional positions in Venezuela. Additionally, their son, Edgar Jr., suffers from cerebral palsy which provided further reason to stay. However, political persecution and oppression made their situation untenable …

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Maria Guallpa- A Story of Empowerment

Throughout the ups and downs of her life, Maria Guallpa has illustrated both the heavy weight of poverty as well as the surpassing grace of God. As she contended with single motherhood, inadequate living conditions, and challenging interpersonal relationships, she was able to find aid and encouragement from God through Pan de Vida.    When Maria first came …

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Standing Up Again: The Life Story of Anny Valdez

This is the testimony of Anny Valdez, a 36-year-old Venezuelan nurse and wife to Oswaldo Ochoa and mother of Tifanny (8) and Sebastian (7).  This family of believers and Christ followers of 6 years migrated to Ecuador at the end of 2018 due to the socio-political situation and the economic crisis that they were experiencing in Venezuela. …

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