Lilies of the Valley
A Ministry to Encourage, Equip and Empower Women and Children
Lilies of the Valley is a ministry that meets three times weekly in San Benito and Los Fresnos, Texas to give struggling women and their children a place to gather in community, be uplifted by the word of God, share their burdens, and learn skills that will empower them to change their lives for the better.
The Balm of Community
The backgrounds of many of the women include family violence, poverty, and alcoholic or jailed spouses. Rather than see them suffer in silence, Lilies hopes to offer a safe haven for these women to share their stories and join together in finding healing and strength in the power of Christ and community.
Many of the women experience generational poverty. Working with community and government agencies, Lilies helps in practical ways to find resources to assist with basic needs, such as food, shelter, clothing and education.
Empowerment through Education
The Lilies offers classes that cover a variety of subjects from cooking and health to parenting and life skills. In learning new skills, the women are able to gain the confidence to make positive changes in their lives, to discover new talents and to find new ways of supporting themselves.
Plans for the Future
Lilies is constantly evolving to meet the specific needs of the women who come through their door. As their resources grow, they hope to provide the current Lilies facilities with more resources, such as a playroom, sewing machines, computers, educational materials and additional transportation. They also hope to offer the Lilies of the Valley program in more locations.
"What do you have in your house?"
When Guille Peralez saw the silent struggles of the women in the Rio Grande Valley - poverty, isolation, abuse - she wondered what she could do to help them, when so little was available.
Then God brought her to 2 Kings 4:2 - the story of Elijan and the widow. Seeing a woman who had lost her husband to death and was soon to lose her sons to debtors, Elijah asked a simple question:
"Tell me, what do you have in your house?"
God took what little the widow had a jar of olive oil and used it to pay her debt and enable them to support themselves in the future.
Guille realized that God was able to take the little that these women had - and what little she could offer and multiply it to do amazing things.
With God's help and the partnership of Southwest Good Samaritan Ministries, White Bluff Chapel, and Leadership Worth Following, she has been able to establish a program that helps these women live live better.
Guille Peralez, Director of Lilies of the Valley
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Southwest Good Samaritan Ministries and designate funds to Lilies of the Valley
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Lilies of the Valley is a ministry of Southwest Good Samaritan Ministries
28259 Pereira Compassion Road
PO Box 273
Los Fresnos, Texas 78566