Aida was born and raised in Tijuana in the same community she now lives with her partner, Enrique. The couple has two children and have been together since they were 14 years-old. Both only reached sixth grade when they decided to quit school.
Enrique began working at a factory when the legal age to work was 14. But today, most plants require that workers have a high-school certificate or are in the process of acquiring one. With limited options, Enrique got a job washing trucks that bring supplies to the Central Market. He makes around 1000 pesos a week (about $57), and spends 252 pesos of that on transportation, or 25% of their income.
For the previous three years, the couple lived next door to Aida’s parents, who helped them cover their basic needs. Their home was a one-room shack built by Enrique and Aida’s father with refuse wood and old garage doors. Their children, Gabriela - 10, and Gilberto - 3, shared the same sleeping quarters as their parents.
“We often had to sleep in the same bed to stay warm during the night, but as they began getting older, there just wasn’t enough room. We felt like we were on top of each other all the time.”
The worst part of living in their old house was the rainy nights. If a storm surprised them while they were sleeping, the family had to scramble to gather their possessions off the ground, as the water leaking through the walls and open door inundated their dueling.
“If it rained for a long time I had to keep sweeping the entire night so the mud would not come into the house. It was miserable; no one would get any sleep, and it was hard to stay dry and warm.”
“How did you sleep inside the Amor home during the storm of last week?”
“We didn’t even notice it. Our bedrooms are a lot warmer, and the water didn’t come in, so I didn’t have to get up. My husband just finished installing the drywall and the electricity, so it feels like we are living in a palace. Gabriela is excited to pick the color of the bedroom. ”
"What color would you like?"
"Yellow, like the canaries that my grandma raises," Gabriela said.
Aida’s family love their Amor home built last April alongside a group from Community Presbyterian Church in Danville.
Hebrews 10:35-36 - So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God you will receive what he has promised.
What a wonderful summation of life...to have done the will of God!
Hello Friends. Baja California, Mexico is being hit hard by the rain. Amor works all year with pastors from the communities of Tijuana, Rosarito and Tecate. We have set up a support fund to help them minister to their communities.To help families trapped in communities without fresh food and water or shelter from the rain, cold and mud donate at http://www.amor.org/give/projecthope