Sandra

I came to Jericho one day in May. A friend of mine who led me to the streets but was now in Jericho invited me to this ministry for a Mother’s Day dinner. She had invited me so many times before that I felt like I could not refuse this time. Instead of going to the streets, I went to the ministry that night. During the dinner, various people talked about Jesus but I felt that I was too sinful to accept Christ. The director of the ministry pursued me and would not leave me alone and I sensed the Lord’s touch through that. That’s how I gave my life to Christ. I was addicted to cocaine for 6 years and was working on the streets for 4 years. For me, it was difficult to get off cocaine but between the staff at the ministry and the members of my church, I was never left alone to do drugs and the Lord set me free. I have 6 children but I gave my first two daughters away. My 3 sons studied at Jericho School. The Lord also changed them radically. My children go with me to church and love the Lord. I have a church cell group in my house and I am serving at the church as a Sunday school teacher. I graduated in 2006 right before Christmas. That day, the family that I had given my first daughter to visited me with my oldest daughter. I asked her forgiveness and she told me that she loved me and she was proud of me. I am so thankful to God and I want to serve Him always. I know that He has changed my life and given me value and worth. I am His daughter, a princess in the Kingdom of God. I continue to work with Jericho by knitting rag rugs and scarves.


Vilma

Vilma spent 20 years involved in prostitution before coming to Christ in June of 1999. She was tired of being on the streets and she told God that she wanted to leave that life, but she knew she couldn’t do it alone. When the Jericho team came to the streets that night in June and sat down beside her on the curb to share about God’s plan for her life, she thought that surely these people were sent by God to help her leave her life on the streets. Nancy, Vilma’s oldest daughter who was also working on the streets that night, accepted Christ with the Jericho team. Vilma accepted Christ as her Savior silently that night. It was only when the women from Jericho went to visit Nancy at her house that they realized that Vilma and Nancy were mother/daughter and that they had both received Christ that night on the streets. Vilma entered Jericho ministries with Nancy and began to learn how to sew, but it was difficult for her because she was severely burned as a child leaving her with only two fingers on her right hand. But Vilma persevered and she became a strong witness for the women still on the streets, many of whom she had led there. Vilma admits it has been a difficult journey following Christ, but she never returned to the streets except to evangelize women still trapped in prostitution. She now serves in her church and teaches Sunday School. She has learned to live by faith and is raising her youngest children to love and serve the Lord. We praise God for the way that Jesus set Vilma free from addictions and a life of degradation and hopelessness. One morning during a devotional she realized that the enemy had used her to bring many young women to the streets, into a life of sin an death but that God was now using her to bring some of these same young women onto true life and liberty. Vilma is thankful to God for his mercy and forgiveness.


Maria Elena

It was a common sight to see Maria Elena happily sweeping or cleaning up around Jericho. She came to Jericho after having been more than 15 years on the streets. She was weary of life itself when another street woman told her about Jericho. She showed up at the offices of Jericho to find out more about the ministry and ended up accepting Christ right there. Now she is off the streets, and has found peace with Christ. She says that the only thing that awaited her in the streets was death but now she has found real life in Christ. She says she has received from the Lord a whole new attitude and outlook on life. Where she was once a violent woman, who used to attack by the throat anyone who crossed her, now she lives at peace with others. Maria Elena is the mother of 7 children, ranging in ages from 6 to 21. Five of her children now also have a relationship with the Lord and her young son, Merlin, says that he wants to be a pastor when he grows up. Maria says that she believes that her children are going to be great servants of God. Maria Elena is excited to be serving God and now even has a Growth Group meeting in her tiny house where more than 15 people gather weekly to study the Word of God together. Since graduation from Jericho in 2005, Maria Elena has worked at a cleaning company and is a great witness to the power of Christ. She visits Jericho regularly to update the staff on the miracles she and her family are experiencing.


Mayra

Mayra grew up in an unstable home. Her father left them while she was very young and ran off with her Aunt, her mother’s only sister. She has a sister/cousin who was born the same month she was. At the age of 14, her mother sent her to Tegucigalpa to live with another Aunt to continue her studies, but her Aunt treated her badly and she ended up leaving to look for work, which she finally found in a bar. There she met the father of her son, Christian, and moved in with him. But he left while she was still pregnant. Three months after the birth of her son, she found herself with no money and a sick baby. Together with a friend, they decided to go to the streets to make money. She was 18 years old. For 5 years she sold herself on the streets. She says that when you have spent a good amount of time in prostitution, you begin to think that is all you can do. But the “Hound of Heaven” was after her and many people began to speak to her of Christ. When the Jericho evangelism team shared Christ with her and told her of the ministry where she could be trained in an honorable profession, she accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior and entered the ministry. But it wasn’t always easy. A month and a half later, after receiving her monthly pay, she went home, put the money in a drawer, and then left for a church
the family that I had given my first daughter to visited me with my oldest daughter. I asked her forgiveness and she told me that she loved me and she was proud of me. I am so thankful to God and I want to serve Him always. I know that He has changed my life and given me value and worth. I am His daughter, a princess in the Kingdom of God. I continue to work with Jericho by knitting rag rugs and scarves. Except to evangelize women still trapped in prostitution. She now serves in her church and teaches Sunday School. She has learned to live by faith and is raising her youngest children to love and serve the Lord. We praise God for the way that Jesus set Vilma free from addictions and a life of degradation and hopelessness. One morning during a devotional she realized that the enemy had used her to bring many young women to the streets, into a life of sin an death but that God was now using her to bring some of these same young women onto true life and liberty. Vilma is thankful to God for his mercy and forgiveness. Word of God together. Since graduation from Jericho in 2005, Maria Elena has worked at a cleaning company and is a great witness to the power of Christ. She visits Jericho regularly to update the staff on the miracles she and her family are experiencing. grows up. Maria says that she believes that her children are going to be great servants of God. Maria Elena is excited to be serving God and now even has a Growth Group meeting in her tiny house where more than 15 people gather weekly to study the meeting. Upon returning she found that someone had broken in and stolen all of her money. The enemy tried to convince her that God wouldn’t take care of her and that she could only make money by being on the streets. She decided to go back to the streets the following evening. But upon arriving she felt embarrassed, “like being naked in front of a crowd of people.” When a former client called on her, she walked up to his car but could feel the conviction of the Holy Spirit. It was as if He whispered to her, “you are too valuable to Me to be doing this.” She left the man there and went home. The Lord was gracious to her she says, “for who knows what would have become of me if I had gone back.” The Lord is now teaching her to seek Him, to trust Him and to press on in the faith to which He has called her.


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