"The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him." – Nahum 1:7
In Guatemala, thousands of women and children face a living nightmare of violence and abuse. The Central American country just south of Mexico reports attacks against women more frequently than every other crime, and tragically, most of this violence is perpetrated not in dark alleyways – but in family homes.
They say most attacks remain unreported because the police talk down to victims or refuse to take them seriously. For example, there are cases where beaten women are actually reprimanded by responding officers, who tell them, "Don't talk back to your husband and he won’t hit you!" In this environment of hostility, thousands of sufferers do what they must to survive – they remain silent. They don't talk back, they don’t report abuse, and they don’t even defend themselves out of fear of being killed.
Casa de Vida ("House of Life") was established in 2005 by four women in the Mixco area of Guatemala. As the name suggests, their mission was to give victims of abuse a healthy, new life. Today, the shelter is run by Lesbia González, herself a survivor of domestic violence. "God brought me here to care for these women," she says, "because many years ago someone took care of me."
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