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Julio César Aquilar Marin

Julio is twelve-years-old and lives in a small village of San Francisco, Guatemala. He is the oldest of 5 and because he is a child from a previous marriage. (His biological father abandoned him), he is not treated as well as his siblings and has suffered physical abuse as well as emotional. He spends a lot of his time helping his stepfather gather scrap metal from along the tracks to sell. Four months ago, he heard of La Democracia feeding center through a friend from school. He then began walking 4 kms to attend the feeding center. A month ago he received Christ as his Savior while attending a cell group in the church that hosts the feeding program. Because of the help that the church and feeding center has given to their family, his mother was very impacted and started attending the church and has accepted Christ too! The church has helped Julio with clothes and school supplies. Julio is now the top of his class and has received many honors! He accredits his good grades and his change in conduct to the changes that God has made in his life. He loves the feeding center and states that he is receiving delicious food and feels that the vitamins he receives has really helped him and his friends! But most of all he loves learning the Bible verses! His daily prayer is that he continues to grow in the Lord, for his health and for a better relationship with his stepfather. He would ask for all of us to pray that he would be able to continue with his schooling!