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Sharing the need, bearing the need

After 14 year old Dominga was raped by a neighbor, her rapist warned her not to tell anyone what had happened. Even after having her life threatened, a frightened Dominga knew she needed to tell someone after finding out she was pregnant. She shared her need for a secure home for her soon to be arriving baby. She shared her family’s need for more room. In their home made of tin and mud, 9 people were sleeping on two beds, and adding baby Maria meant her dad sleeping on the ground outside.

Dominga’s needs were shared first with friends and neighbors, then through a local Guatemalan ministry, and finally with Buy One Build One. God’s word instructs us to bear one another’s burdens, to share the load, to meet one another’s needs. Dominga and her two-month-old daughter now sleep in their own bed under a roof that doesn’t leak behind a door that can be locked.