The question of suffering is one that all of mankind has pondered for centuries. Why is there pain? Why is there suffering and hurt and tragedy? Most times we don’t find a direct answer for these questions. Most times our humanness cannot grasp the things of God and his grand plan for our lives and the lives of others around us. The question of “why?” is one that grips us often, and usually without resolve.
This is the story of Vitalino and the answer to his “why?”
He has been bedridden for 3 years, with constant suffering and pain. The Guatemalan-based Lemonade International team visits with him often, and the question of “why?” has been on their hearts repeatedly. Why must such a sweet, loving, caring man be in pain, suffering not only from physical ailments but from loneliness and depression as well. Why? For Tita, suddenly it began to make sense… Vitalino is a missionary.
Through his pain and his suffering, he has been able to touch the lives of many people. Even through everything, he spends his time praying, ministering, speaking the things of God into the people around him. His life, which remains glued to a bed, has become a living testimony of the grace of Heaven. People from around the world, from the US, Ukraine, Colombia, Thailand, Australia, England… have all been touched by Vitalino and his faithfulness.
His story is one that, while the pain and suffering still have questions of “why?”, has been turned around for something of glory.
Written by Bethany Streng- Volunteer Blogger