Update: Hispanic Leadership Initiative

Hola queridos,

I hope this update finds you doing well and not too worried that it is several days later than usual! Here are some updates and prayer requests following up what I mentioned last time.

Thank you for praying for our Guatemalan sister Roxy and her brother. You may remember my prayer request for her younger brother’s safety and liberation from the cartel that captured him on the Mexican-American border on his voyage to the US. His family paid his ransom and a month later they finally heard from him again. He arrived as an unaccompanied minor, but his status and the legal details are unclear to both Roxy and I.  We do know that after being freed, he turned himself over to the border patrol, was given an immigration court date, and hopes to be granted permission to stay in the US with relatives. I mentioned to Roxy that we were praying and she wants to thank you as well.

I also want to thank you all for praying for my “next step” as far as jobs. This month I started a (very) part-time position at a medical research clinic which will transition to a full-time job in June. You may remember that I had mentioned settling in my heart the prospect of a “non-ministry” job so as to pay off my college debt and return to ministry quickly. Thankfully this job will cover my financial needs after my internship. Please pray for me as I am currently training for a clinical research coordinator position and also carrying on my intern responsibilities. I desire to do both well.

This is one of the last update letters I will be sending out as a Hispanic Leadership Initiative Apprentice.  May 31st marks my last day and I am beyond grateful for your prayers and for the financial support you have given me these past 2 years.  I want you all to know how instrumental your support has been for me in the confirmation of my calling to ministry.

Con gracia y paz,

Evangelina Castillo