Stories from the Field: Rosemary

Set Free from Loneliness and Isolation

After more than 10 years of Alliance international workers praying for her and sharing God’s love through a weekly English Club, Rosemary, in her mid-80s, turned to God amid a deep struggle with depression. On November 28, 2018, she prayed and opened her heart to Jesus after reading Isaiah 61:1–3. She was ready to exchange her depression and hurting heart for God’s oil of joy and gladness. Symbolically, she took off her black sweater and gave it to Jesus; she then put on a red sweater representing His garment of praise. Years of painful solitude washed away as she cried on my shoulder and received God’s love flowing through her. In the months since, she is doing much better and is thankful for her relationship with God. Rosemary gives us warm hugs and greets us with a deep smile of appreciation every time we meet. She has even attended church.

Recently, we asked Rosemary about how we could reach out to other women in Montevideo. Without hesitation, she started talking about her heart for the many older single women living in the city who are unseen and without community, often left alone because of broken family relationships. She sees them every day and has already become a conduit of God’s love toward them!

Pray for Alliance workers in Uruguay and their ministry to women such as Rosemary.

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