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A child of hope and faith in Nicaragua

BIBLE SOCIETY NEWS  |  Anne Lim

September 2016

Adriana Collado first placed her faith in God at the age of just two, when she was being treated for leukaemia at La Mascota Children’s Cancer Hospital, in Managua, Nicaragua.

Thanks to your support, Adriana and her mother Ana were among 7500 suffering Nicaraguan families who last year received free copies of the Bible while attending devotions organised by pastors and volunteers at La Mascota Hospital.

“Ana would eagerly participate in the devotionals we organised, and as time passed, Jesus started forming a woman of hope and faith,” says Rebeca Alfaro, Project Officer for Hope and Smiles for Children with Cancer, Bible Society of Nicaragua.

This project provides not only spiritual support but also help with nutrition and transport to and from La Mascota Hospital.

After eight months of treatment, Adriana’s doctors allowed her to go home for a visit. (She is pictured below with her five-year-old brother, Josué.) After the family were reunited, Ana and Adriana visited their community’s parish church to give thanks to God for what he had done in their lives.

Sadly, after two years of treatment, Adriana relapsed, and the doctors believed it was unlikely she would heal. When the family returned to the hospital for palliative treatment and radiotherapy, Bible Society of Nicaragua stepped in, transporting Adriana and Ana to the Radiotherapy centre and praying for her healing.

“I have faith that my daughter will move forward. God has great plans in her life,” Ana Collado said.

“I have to keep fighting for my daughter; she is the treasure God gave me.”

The verse Ana turned to during this testing time was Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declared the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

“Two years have passed since little Adriana relapsed and, after difficult processes, my little girl has moved forward. God healed her,” says Ana.

“I thank God for using the ministries of Bible Society, the pastors and volunteers who accompanied us in the hospital. Your prayers and support have been important for us, teaching us how to trust in the Lord.

“Now, the doctors call my little girl ‘Miracle’ because she is alive and clean of cancer by the grace of God! This experience is building my character and dependence on God.”

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