I would like to introduce you to Samuel Rivas. He is a twenty-three year old student, working towards a degree in graphic design. Samuel sings in the worship band at his church, volunteers to teach kids basic computer skills at the child development center, is a mentor in the church youth group and is a devoted son to his parents Maurice and Maria Elena. He wakes up at 4 am each day to take a bus to go to the university in San Salvador. He cares deeply about his relationship with God, his family, friends and his country.
[Photo Credit: Loren & Mary Beth Noyes}
M: Samuel, what is the biggest challenge you faced growing up in El Salvador?
S: “The biggest challenge growing up here is the lack of dreams people have and also there are very few people who can realize their dreams. There are very few resources accessible to achieve them.”
M: If you could ask your president anything, what would it be?
S: “If I could say anything, hmmm… I would say that he should stop thinking of his political party, and start thinking of his country. Start making laws, follow through on his objectives, stop forgetting them, and to stop the criminals once and for all.”
M: How do you see God working in your life?
S: “Every day God works in my life from the air that I breath, to the works of His creation. I see Him in the care of my family, how He has never left us, and greater still how He is always helping us and giving us strength.”
M: If you could change one thing for the kids here, what would it be?
S: I would change the education. The education system is deficient and not good quality. I would implement lessons from the Bible in the schools and the teaching of Jesus.
I am so thankful that Samuel was willing to open up and share a snapshot of his story. In a world that only sees news about young men getting involved in gangs, young men who’s only focus is womanizing, selfishness, and abuse, you need to know there are better men than what you have seen. So here is a man of God who willingly and voluntarily is caring for his family, and fighting for the youth of his country.
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