There is a belief for those of the Christian faith that God will not put more on you than you can bear, and that suffering produces endurance, and that endurance produces character and character produces hope. It is the belief that life is not about being delivered from adversity but rather that life is about being delivered in adversity. That our lives are made stronger through hardship, it is what gives us strength by bringing out what is already inherently in all of us, like metal that has been tested by fire it is the testing of our faith that brings to life the truly transformative power of hope and of love.
A parent’s greatest fear is that some awful tragedy should beset their child. Such was the case for Molly and Frank Carbajal on December 14, 2005, while vacationing in Molly’s mother’s home country, El Salvador, their then 6-month daughter Myla suffered a rare form of asphyxia that left her without oxygen to her brain for nearly 40 minutes. Myla had been breast feeding at the time when, unbeknownst to Molly, she began to aspirate milk into her lungs- in other words her mother’s milk was going down the wrong tube. Sensing something wrong in her infant Molly’s background as a former emergency medical technician kicked in and she began CPR. Out of nowhere appeared a couple unknown to Molly, (the first of what would be many miraculous acts of kindness) and offered to drive her and Myla to a nearby pediatric hospital. Without hesitation Molly agreed. The staff at the hospital were successful in resuscitating Myla but the permanent damage to her brain was already done. Molly contacted Frank who had just left El Salvador the day before to return to California only to immediately rush back to join her and their other older daughter Alia who had been staying with Molly’s Salvadorian family.
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I’m loving the summer issue. I really like the leadership article. It focused on some great points. You truly cover so many aspects of our community. Also, the way you honored a great friend who left us way too early. Thank you Visión, you are truly the best publication about Latinos in California
Thank you Visión Magazine for sharing these beautiful photos! You truly captured the essence of the 6th Annual Sabor del Valle event - great wine, food and friends!
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Thank you for sharing the inspiring story of Benjamin Gonzalez and his CV Monarcas Youth Soccer Academy! Benjamin’s vision for offering an Elite Soccer Academy in the Central Valley has come to fruition. The organizations contribution to the youth in our soccer community has not only brought The 1st National Championship to Stockton but has provided scholarships and opportunities for many of it’s players. “A Goal For The Youth In Our Community!”
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