I was born in Jaurez, Mexico. My family came to LA when I was 12 years old. Jaurez is one of the most dangerous cities of the world. Especially back then, there was a lot of rape and killing. Our routine was to go from home to school, and then school to home. My mom didn’t let us play outside because it was too dangerous. I didn’t really feel the heaviness of this when I was younger, but my mom always wanted to raise her daughters in a safer place, so we came to the United States.
Our family had a lot of immigration issues. While I went to high school in the United States, I couldn’t apply for university. I couldn’t apply for financial aid or do the normal things that my friends were doing. As I grew up, I watched God work in the legal system to provide everything that I needed for school. I made a timeline of different laws that were enacted when I was growing up, and everything worked towards my favor.
I’ve always moved a lot - maybe 15 times. My family moved every year. One of those times, in high school. I was a sophomore, and the reality of fatherlessness was pressing in on me. I realized just how broken my family was because my parents were divorced. I had a friend invite me to her church. God began the work to help me open up about my pain. This was the beginning of the process of healing for me.
My life has been unstable in a lot of aspects. One of the things that I appreciate about God is that He has always been the stable one. God’s protected us, and helped us get to the States. Even if my parents, my school, or money is not stable, God is stable.
As I’m close to graduation, I’ve been thinking about missions. I want to go to the underserved and the underprivileged. I went to Urbana 3 years ago, and I did Los Angeles Urban Project last year. This ignited something in me. I worked in Boyle Heights and helped tutor kids and worked with homeless people. I learned a lot about injustice though the Bible and what God says about this. This was really healing for me, because I never knew that God had such a heart for justice.
I am the underserved, and yet I’m the privileged at the same time. I asked God, “What does this mean?” Now that I have an education and I’m bilingual, I’m able to appreciate and serve others in need through this. I’m going to be the first in my family to go to college. Recently God has called upon me to pray for Jaurez. I don’t know if it means that I will go back, but I know that it needs a lot of prayer.