Finding God in the Trash
April 14, 2014
PARAGUAY — Lemuel Larrosa, TWR’s director of Hispanic ministry, shared the following story from a woman who wrote in by e-mail. She had experienced a unique encounter with the popular TWR devotional book Alimento para el Alma (Food for the Soul in English), roughly a half million copies of which have been sold and distributed throughout Latin America:
“I am 24 years old, and I live in Asunción, Paraguay, where I work as a cleaning lady in a commercial center. A few days ago we were cleaning a storefront that was empty, and I saw a book that had been thrown on the floor. I went to pick it up to see what it was. I saw the title of the book, and the lady in charge of the cleaning crew said, ‘Don’t get wound up in that here. None of the stuff here is worth anything. Let’s get this cleaned up.’ So we picked everything up and threw it in the garbage.
“But the title of the book stuck in my mind – Food for the Soul. I’d been going through some difficult days in my life. I have a small child, and my husband left me for another woman. So the title of the book just stuck in my heart. At the end of the shift, I went to where we had thrown away the trash and started looking through the debris.
“I spent about an hour going through the trash, and then I finally found the book. It was a little bit messed up and dirty. I opened up the book and read the story about the Prodigal Son. And there in the middle of the trash I found Christ. I sat down right where I was and gave my life to Christ.
“So I want to know you. What is Trans World Radio? How may I know more about this?”