I met a young (20s) sister in Christ while we were out witnessing. She is from Columbia. She came to know the Lord about 4 years ago when she had cancer of the jaw. The two of us study the Bible together- she wanted to learn more as she doesn’t know the Word.
A family brought her here on a tourist visa and they have her nannying for them. That’s illegal as you can’t work on a tourist visa… Stefany has limited English so its hard to capture everything as her expression is limited. The family told her a couple of months ago (she came only in late April) that they were going to go a different direction now and have a nanny who speaks Chinese. So she would have to go back in October. We started praying for that as she wants to stay here. She cannot work in Columbia bc she had cancer at one time. Yes, they are that antiquated. So, her hope is to stay here and work. I believe she knows legally she shouldn’t be working. She wants to be here working legally. She has been so kind and speaks well of the family but from meeting with her I know they give her a room in their home and a car to drive the kids and sometimes money. But, she is at their whim with work and works many hours. She is basically an indentured slave and they are taking advantage of her.
She just called this morning crying. They told her in the past she could have her mother visit for 2-3 months. She decided to have her for 1 month so as to not take advantage. She told them yesterday finally that mom was coming. Today they told her she had to be out at end of the week. What an awful thing to do. She said the woman said many things and she couldn’t understand it all.
So I know their is a language barrier and two sides to every story. I also know from what little she says and what she doesn’t say that it is best for her to be away from this family. I believe Stefany has spoken to the boys about God and when she first told me that, shortly thereafter the parents said they were switching gears to a Chinese speaking nanny. She may very well be being persecuted for what she may be saying of the Lord (and not knowing it).
Please pray God would bring a solution for housing, finances, being here legally and working. We might have her stay with us, or at a minimum financing her for awhile.
Please pray for us and for my husband to continue to want to help.
An d, if you have any advice on how to help her… I have looked at the government sites, made some calls… I even thought of the northern resorts who bring foreign workers in to see what they may have to say… If you have any expertise in this please lmk. Its a situation where we need God’s provision.
thank you! blessings, Merritt