Update from Kay Stotts Godoy

I could tell right from the start that my apartment neighbor, Lupe, is a very proud woman. Her walk, her dress, her mannerisms. It took a lot of perseverance to get more than “hello” out of her as our paths crossed in the lobby or front walkway outside. She always seemed to be in a hurry and above all the humdrum of daily life.

I was more than surprised to find out Lupe had accepted the invitation of a friend to attend a women’s Bible study. I’ll never forget Pastora Carmen telling me later how Lupe had burst out laughing upon hearing the reading of the story of Jonah that day. It was her first time reading the Bible, and the fact that a whale swallowed Jonah who lived to tell about it was more than she could take!

Lupe continued to attend Bible studies during that year and form friendships with women from the church. She even made an appearance at services once or twice. It seemed Lupe was “thawing out” a bit, beginning to smile more and even taking time for small talk. But that’s as far as it went. Even the recent death of her husband and a move to a different city didn’t seem to phase her cold heart. She’d heard the Truth many times and in many ways by now, but was never ready to turn her life over to Jesus. That is … until the earthquake.

Lupe says that right there in the darkness and fear of that dreadful night, it became crystal clear to her that all she had been taught from the Bible was true. It was true! And it was for Lupe! So right there middle of the earthquake, Lupe asked Jesus to be her Savior and Lord. Are good things going to come out of the tragedy and devastation in Chile? Absolutely! Just ask Lupe.

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