If you had a lemon tree sitting in a remote village, do you think dreams of accomplishing something powerful and life-changing could happen? Well, it did! After spending many years in America, though at a high price, Esperanza realized the place she longed to escape was now the place she longed to return. After becoming a Christian in the United States, Esperanza felt a calling on her life to establish a mission in her home country- Guatemala. And it came in a dream! Esperanza envisioned a beautiful chapel, and this beautiful chapel would also take incredible resources. Jesus gave her glimpse into her future, but in the present, He wanted her full commitment- regardless of the size or look- to remain faithful. Thus, under a lemon tree called Los Flores, seeds of becoming a missionary and establishing a mission started.
In time, behind the scenes, Jesus was directing Esperanza’s steps.
When Esperanza was a carefree vibrant teenager, she noticed a young boy, eight years of age, sitting alone on a park bench in her small town. Esperanza’s attention was fixated on him as she watched him crying. Being nosy, she approached the young boy and asked his name. His name was Lorenzo. Esperanza’s heart was crushed when he told her the reason he was crying. His family did not want him anymore, so they left him on a park bench. Immediately, even though living in immense poverty, Esperanza rushed home to ask her father, Marcos, if she could bring the young Lorenzo to live with them. In her own words, “Can we bring him home and keep him?” Her father, full of compassion, agreed. Thus, Lorenzo became like a young brother even though he referred to Esperanza as “Mama”. When Esperanza married an American man and moved to the United States, she left her father all alone. Thankfully, Lorenzo was by Marcos’ side when in his elderly years, he died. Esperanza was incredibly grateful to Lorenzo and vowed to one day purchase land for him and his family so he could have a better future.