About the Author

Ligia (Lee-hee-ya) was born in Antigua, Guatemala, and currently resides in Canada. She is a devoted wife, mother, and Leader. Ligia is passionate about serving others and sharing her story of God’s grace and redeeming power. She is approachable, authentic, and friendly, with a profound love for God and people.

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  1. Such a powerful story. Thank you for sharing this and reminding us of God’s love and power. And how wonderful that you never lost faith.

  2. Ligia, bless you for sharing your example of looking for God’s deliverance in the midst of the unknown. And bless the example of your Abue’s immediate response to pray in the face of the hard. Welcome to (in)courage! You will certainly be used to encourage us! (((0)))

  3. Such an encouraging story you shared. I have a friend who is only in her early 50’s and has suffered a major stroke, and is now pretty much bound to one area of her home, and cannot walk on her own and is a mother of 2 and former teacher. She now has to live a very different life and as you can imagine, it’s been very hard so I try to share scripture with her, but I will also be sharing your story because I think it is always helpful to know what other people have gone through and their perspective, so thank you for sharing such a personal story. I’m sure it will make a difference for my friend and for many others reading this.
    God Bless!

  4. Thank you for your post today. It was just the encouragement I needed. My husband passed in 2023, and it’s been challenging. My only child and his family live in another state. I feel like God is leading me there, and I’m having to change every thing at 76 years old. I love what you said about the challenges we face are personal invitations from God to seek refuge in Him. I’m finding this to be true on a daily basis. He is trustworthy. He can be depended on when we can’t see how it all will play out. Loved your story.

    • I am sorry to hear about your husband’s passing. I know, without a shadow of a doubt, that our God will not fail you. As long as you have breath He has a plan and a purpose. May He guide, protect and fill you with His peace as you accept this personal invitation.

  5. You’ve blessed so many with your testimony of vulnerability, struggles, fortitude, and unfailing faith. I look forward to reading more of your insights and inspiration.

    • Oh Kathleen, thank you, thank you, thank you for your words. I pray that everything I share will always bring Him glory! Thank you for reading, and I look forward to sharing more with you.

  6. When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up. Psalm 27:10 KJV

  7. thank you so much for sharing this! What an extraordinary story you must have! By an amazing coincidence (or not – as God does), I just finished reading “Everyone Who is Gone is Here” by Jonathan Blizter (https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/625425/everyone-who-is-gone-is-here-by-jonathan-blitzer/).
    It is an excellent book that explains the history of immigration between Central America and the US since ~the 1960s-1970s to now. He intertwines the story of four different immigrants with the history of the region, including one of a Christian woman from Guatemala named Keldy.

    I highly highly recommend reading (or listening – it is big book) – especially for those of us who do not know someone with a story like Ligia’s. I am looking forward to future posts by you. have a lovely day today! 🙂

    • Thank you for the book suggestion! Keldy sounds really interesting and I’m definitely going to look it up. Your words mean a lot to me, and I’m excited to share more. Thank you for taking the time to share your encouragement!

  8. Thank you so much Ligia for sharing your amazing story with us. I needed it! God bless you more than you can contain!

  9. Ligia, that last sentence is so powerful! – “Your miracle is in the making!” Thank you dear sister in Christ.

  10. I just have to say, I love seeing Spanish written out with your story here on (in)courage. Please — more, more, more. We love who and how you are — so grateful you’re here <333

  11. Thank you so much for sharing Ligia! Your story truly touched my heart. God bless you and your family ❤️

  12. Ligia, your blog post wrecked me. I have nothing in common with you as far as race goes or legal status in the United States. But I felt your abuela’s prayers as if I was there. I imagined one of my precious sons being taken from me in that manner and I would have snatched you up and run out of there – causing you even more trouble. Your beautiful grandmother had more sense – and more faith. Thank you for sharing your story. I PRAY it causes more Americans to consider the many reasons behind illegal immigrants in our country and to find it in their hearts to have compassion for them instead of judgment.

    • I am so grateful that this part of my story and Abue’s faith has moved you. I pray that the Lord will continue to allow His Spirit to transform us with each passing day. May prayer be the posture of our hearts.

  13. What a gift to know this part of you. So glad you are part of InCourage – we need you and your voice.

  14. Wow! What a testimony. Yes, it is very encouraging to me today when I was feeling discouraged. Thank you for sharing your story.

  15. Thank you for sharing your story. So hard and painful, yet so beautiful. Even in the hardest places of our stories, the evidence of God’s goodness can be found there…if we are willing to look.

  16. Ligia,

    Thank you for sharing your vulnerable story. I know it will bless many people. Psalm 23: Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. That Psalm says it all. God is with us in the midst of our deepest darkest trials. He will see us through those valleys.

    Blessings 🙂

  17. Love this beautiful story! Praise God in all times even when we don’t know what to do, HE does! Thank you Lord!

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