8 October 2017
Written by Areli
It is always difficult to say goodbye to the people we love. But when we are in Christ, this “goodbye” is really a “see you later.” Before starting college, God began to put a desire in me to serve God through missions. And this desire grew through the example and testimony of my aunt Teresa and a missionary couple from Brazil: Pastor Solon Araujo and his wife Alda Araujo.
I had the privilege to receive teaching about missions through Pastor Solon Araujo. His life, testimony, and love for my country were a great example to me. It was such a blessing that Pastor Solon Araujo performed our wedding on July 21, 2007. On September 13, 2008, our beloved Pastor Solon went to be with the Lord through a bus accident while traveling in his country with a group of Christians to minister.
When this happened, his wife Alda Araujo was also in Brazil with their two children and other family members. Despite these difficult circumstances, she returned as a single missionary to Mexico. She didn’t care about the fact that she had to live alone, make decisions alone, walk in dangerous streets, live in a very different culture, and deal with many difficult situations. Her love for the people of Mexico compelled her to return. What an example she is to me of a person who has strength in Christ and faith in Him. It is difficult to be a missionary and even more so without a companion. But in Christ, everything is possible and Sister Alda is an example of this.
Tomorrow, she will return to her country, Brazil. I just want to thank God for the blessing that Sister Alda Araujo, Pastor Solon Araujo, and their two children have been to my country.
Thank you Sister Alda for the love you have for us and our daughters. Thank you for your encouraging words, your sincerity, your advice, your example of speaking the truth in love, for the wonderful memories, for making us laugh, for your hospitality, for your delicious cooking, for giving us your beautiful friendship and love in Christ, and for so many other things that only a woman after Christ’s own heart could give.
We miss you and wish we could be in Mexico to give you a hug. But if only by this means of communication, we want to thank you for your love for Christ’s work in Mexico. See you later Sister Alda. We love you.
Areli and family