Seven years ago, Humberto, our Mexico contact and his wife, Cecilia were preparing for a trip to minister in a very difficult area of Mexico, known for drugs, violence and prostitution, when they had an accident. Humberto was preparing the motorized paraglider and Cecilia was standing in the front of the aircraft helping. Suddenly, the aircraft tipped and Cecilia naturally put her hand up to stop the tipping and the propeller hit her left hand and cut off her three smallest fingers. Humberto immediately tore off his shirt and wrapped it around her hand. The hospital was far off and on the way, Cecilia passed out. They got her to the hospital and the medical staff moved quickly to stabilize her.
Tears filled all of our eyes, as Humberto and Cecilia began to retell their story. Humberto’s heart was broken as he sat beside his wife recuperating in the hospital. He told Cecilia they were calling off the trip. However, she responded, “The enemy must really not want us to go to that village. Humberto, you and the others must still go and minister to the people there.” God touched many hearts and several prostitutes and drug dealers surrendered their lives to the Lord that weekend.
Cecilia shared it wasn’t easy to deal with the loss of her fingers and she grieved bitterly with tears flowing as they unwrapped her bandages for the first time. She surrendered her hurt and sorrow to the Lord.
Beauty for Ashes
Cecilia’s scars are beauty marks for us to see and to hear the story of how God used a tragedy for good. Cecilia’s beautiful faith to encourage her husband to continue ministering in a remote and dangerous area of Mexico, despite her circumstances, touches all of our hearts deeply and in the midst of her pain, she experienced the Lord’s peace in her heart as Hebrews 13 says, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you. So we say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.’”