I’ve known Mariel and her family since she was a single lady living in Santiago, Dominican Republic. She was an excellent young woman who graduated with honors from her school and lived out her Christian testimony well.
After she was married and had children, I’d always see them during their summertime visits to her parents and to our local church. Her treatment of others was always sweet and kind; she was always smiling. On the many occasions I visited Minnesota, she always welcomed us into her home. Regardless of how many of us were visiting, she greeted us with a meal in her orderly and beautiful home.
Each time she visits the Dominican Republic, she honors her parents and relatives by spending quality time with them and being a blessing to others with her gentle and agreeable disposition. Her husband is very pleasant to be around, and her beautiful children are always happy, demonstrating a beautiful family harmony. I have no doubts about Mariel’s good character and integrity, and if I ever needed her help and services, I would rely on her completely.
I am the mother of three children, and like Mariel, I’m an educator; I cannot imagine what she must be going through at the moment. Yet, regardless of the tragic situation she’s in, every report she has shared has been filled with Bible verses and thoughts that God has enlightened her with; she not only shares this to sustain herself, but so that those who know her personally, as well as those who do not, can also find comfort and trust God’s good plans.
We pray for Mariel, for her husband, her parents, her sisters, her in-laws. May God bless them, help them stay strong, and continuing to believe in Him until His glory shines through this ordeal. We love Mariel and wait with expectancy to see what God has in store for her!