​Dear Partners in Mission,
But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!   –Galatians 5:22-23, NLT
 
Patience is truly a gift of the Holy Spirit, one with which has God graced me although many times one I fail to live into.  Over a year ago our consolation ministry decided to help a young mother get her documentation.  Her mother is dead and no one ever bothered to get a birth certificate for her.  Without that, her schooling was very limited and she can’t get her cedula, which is required in order to declare her children so that they can go to school.  On the advice of my colleagues in the ministry, a woman in the community is helping to attain this.  At least one or two others also see the irony in having an illiterate woman seeking important legal documents, but I’ve been assured she has done this for others.  Several times I’ve asked for a list of the process that needs to happen, so as to better understand how far we have come and how far there is yet to go, but I still await this.  The mapping of a plan seems to be more of a Cathy thing than a Santa Fe thing.  Flashes of impatience at the slowness of the process occur, but then there are times of acceptance that God has this young woman and her situation under control.  Those are the times I feel the Holy Spirit working in me to produce this fruit of patience.  Please pray for all those who need documentation in this country.
May you sense the peace that comes with accepting the beautiful gifts of our God!
In Christ,
Cathy