This precious young lady rang our doorbell a few years ago. Resume in hand and assurance in her steps, “I”m here for the teaching position in Cien Fuegos.”
I sat with her for a few moments and fell in love. She interned for a psychologist who was a friend of ours (God rest her soul) that told her about our center.
“I’m going to graduate from college soon with a degree in psychology. I love to work with children and I’m hoping to get this job.”
My heart leaped, “It’s yours,” but it really wasn’t up to me.
Ruben came down for the interview. He was impressed, but he felt we needed a man in that position so he didn’t give her the job. A few weeks went by and that new male teacher wasn’t all he promised to be, so we called Solainy.
“Are you still available? If so, the job is yours.”
She showed up the next morning with zeal. She amazed us with her skill of reaching the children.
She quickly became our center director. Her passion for what she does in Cien Fuegos is overwhelming.
She walks two-three miles each morning in the mud, rain or stinging hot sun to catch two buses in order to arrive at our center each day.
She comes back on her day off to do fun activities with the teen girls there to keep them off the street. Then she’s back again each Sunday to help lead our growing church there.
Dedication isn’t a strong enough word for her.
She would even join us on HOPE Mountain during camps to serve as a cook! She is a gem worth putting on display.
She is a gift that keeps on giving.
The salary we pay her doesn’t match her commitment. She deserves so much more.
If only we could all serve at her level.
If we could simply see the reward in being a part of God’s plan to shape a life, we would all dive into our Kingdom assignment as seriously as Solainy.
My life has been enriched by this treasure.
I pray more people like her come ringing my bell in the future. Thank you Lord for Solainy!