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May: Alicia Martin — My Story

My name is Alicia. I was born in Bolivia. Cynthia and Tom Martin, and their sons Kyle and Joel, were missionaries in Bolivia at the time I was born. God brought me into their lives. I was an abandoned baby who was very near death because no one had taken care of me or fed me. Cynthia and Tom nursed me back to health, adopted me, and named me Alicia. Cynthia and Tom Martin became my parents!

Kyle and Joel are now adults. They are both married and have children of their own. I am now 23 years old. I live with my parents in Las Vegas. We like to go camping in the deserts near Las Vegas. We like to watch movies and play board games together.

I go with my parents to refugee events. I help my mom with special events like Bible clubs for refugee children. I also help with English classes for adults.

To Refugees, with Love

refugee children registering for school

It looked like a normal apartment complex in the western part of Las Vegas, Nevada. Vickie McDaniel and her husband, Eric, went to check it out, but they weren’t interested in the actual facilities . . . just the occupants—refugees.

It was just supposed to be a time of prayerwalking and asking God’s love to shine. But God had bigger plans! He asked the North American Mission Board church planters to move to this complex and let the refugees experience His love firsthand.

“We prayed daily, spent time in His Word, and allowed the Holy Spirit to show us where God is at work in our community,” Vickie McDaniel explained. “God spoke to Eric and I. He wanted us to move so as to be more accessible. . . . This allowed us to meet, help, love, and build relationships.”

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