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Mujeres de Virtud meets monthly to share stories and Jesus with a growing group of Latina women, many of whom do not attend church or profess a relationship with the Lord. Emily Snyder has been a large part of getting this group started here in Alexandria and inviting our neighbors to take part. With Emily’s upcoming wedding, it was decided to have a wedding shower for her at the August meeting.


The shower was complete with a potluck of delicious food, cake, and goofy games. Friends of Casa Chirilagua volunteered their time to provide rides to the church and to watch the children while the women relaxed together. (more…)

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One afternoon while Rachel and Dawnielle were cleaning the kitchen, they heard a shuffling on the back deck. Dawnielle peeked out the back door and found 11 year old Fernando sitting on the patio chair. She asked him if he’d like to come in and get some help with his homework, to which he replied, “Yes.” He sat at the kitchen table working on number sentences and exponents but seemed distracted. He looked up and said, “Ms. D, I’ve been better at school this week. I’ve been listening and I haven’t been getting into as much trouble. I also started using my moment of silence to pray and that really helps me focus for the day.” (more…)

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In July, we attended a children’s conference at a local church with 10 children from the neighborhood. During the program, the children were told about missionaries whose lives were in danger because they would tell people about Jesus in places where it is illegal. Claudia looked up at me and said, “Ms. D, why do people get mad for talking about Jesus?” I explained to her that we should all have the ability to choose what we believe about God but there are governments that only want their people to believe what they teach them or not believe there is a God at all. Then she said, “Ms. D, Why would people live in a place that is dangerous to talk about Jesus? Are their kids going to get hurt?” (more…)

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In January of 2009 Cory, the leader of Mujeres de Virtud, decided to challenge us with a new opportunity for growth. She wanted to take the Mujeres de Virtud ladies from Chirilagua to Lake Champion, New York, for a spiritual retreat weekend with 100 women from Boston, Syracuse, and NYC. It sounded like a dream to us, but a pipe dream. We must have laughed harder than Sarah, when God told her that she would have a son in her old age, because it seemed just as impossible. We told Cory that it sounded wonderful but we better pray hard because we had 5 strikes against us. (more…)

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“D, I don’t really feel like coming over today.” She said to me on the phone. “Why?” I prodded and asked for more information. I was disappointed that she was canceling our lunch plans, as I had been looking forward to spending some time with her. She said, “My mouth is in so much pain.” I knew about her dental problems, and we had searched for a dentist for a few weeks; however, it was virtually impossible to find someone who would provide a root canal at an affordable price. Emily had spent hours looking for someone who would provide the services for our friend but all contacts led to a dead end. She was ready to resort to having it pulled. (more…)

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