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Life was filled with hardship for the


Gonzalez family. The house belonged to the landowner employing Rafael, and he and the children risked being evicted in a moment’s notice if the owner wanted them gone. The Gonzalez family was still grieving the loss of their mother when Flor fell gravely ill.


“She was going to die,” Rafael said simply.


“I didn’t know what I would do if my little girl died. I was afraid and sad because I had just lost my wife, and thought I would lose my daughter now too.”


The entire family prayed. Rafael walked


half an hour to a clinic with his little girl in his arms. The doctors gave him medication that saved Flor’s life.


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Faith is deeply important to Rafael, a part


of his heart, just as his love is for his spouse. He painted crosses on the side of the wood house so anyone coming down the road could see he is a Christian.


“The cross is important to me because


it signifies the death of Jesus and His resurrection,” Rafael says. “As the Bible says, if we kneel down and pray to God, we may not be in church, but God is there. God is our celestial father.”


In his dreams, his wife is alive and happy


in heaven. Heaven is a place where the coffee grows abundantly, the harvest is plentiful and no one goes hungry. Sometimes he dreams about cutting coffee with her, and there is much joy because there’s an abundance of crops.


“In dreams I talk to her,” he says. “She


tells me, ‘Don’t worry, I never left you. I’m always by your side. I don’t want you to suffer because where I am, I’m not suffering.’ Sometimes when I am sad, she tells me, ‘Don’t worry. One day we will be together again.’” f


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