Faith Ministry to me means the hope for tomorrow. Here I find light & love, but above all, I find support based in the love of Jesus Christ.
Say hola once again to your favorite cook, Maricela! Maricela Cruz Vázquez has been working for Faith Ministry for 16 years. Originally from a small town called Tempoal in Veracruz, a central state along Mexico’s coastline, she moved to Reynosa with her husband 21 years ago to live closer to her mother-in-law. She brought her two children, Naomi and Trinidad, who were four and three at the time, respectively. A neighbor named Veronica told her about Faith Ministry and the home building project, so she went to the ministry’s office to apply for her own home. On June 2, 2000, her home was completed with the support of a church from Indiana, roof and all! By November of that year, at the age of 29, she became an employee of the ministry, working in the kitchen and tending to the needs of the complex grounds.
About her experience with Faith Ministry, Maricela says, “I have met many Americans over the years and have received many great blessings. For me, it has been a great help because I have not only received spiritual support, but also blessings for my children.” All three of Maricela’s children have received scholarships through the ministry’s sponsorship program for nearly their entire education. Her oldest child and only daughter Naomi is 26 years old now and has two children of her own with a third one on the way. Her middle child Trinidad is now 25 and also has two children. Her third child is Edgar, who is 21 years old.
Everyone who has had the opportunity to visit Reynosa knows Maricela by her delicious food, and Maricela is happy to serve the ministry as the cook. “I have always loved the kitchen, and the most important part of the ministry to me is to be able to tend to the American mission groups by serving them the best food,” she says. And we can all agree that she does her part well!
When asked what the ministry means to her, Maricela responded, “Faith Ministry to me means the hope for tomorrow. Here I find light and love, but above all, I find support based in the love of Jesus Christ. I am grateful to the Lord and brother Deantin Guerra (Faith Ministry founder) for introducing me to the love of God.”
Favorite Bible verse: “Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me.” Psalm 31:3