Loma Linda Campestre helps a family expand their self-supporting ministry.
by Freddy (’06) and Connie Castro
In 2011, we met Milena de Pablos, mother of five, who has been a powerful influence on her children even without formal education. Her trust in God has been her tool for survival. Loma Linda Campestre* has assisted her in finding a country home and opening new points of sale in the marketplace to support her family industry. Here is her story.
How did the industry start, and what does it mean to you?
Milena: Providentially our industry started by a request from a movie actress, who wanted to try a nutritional cracker. My husband and I used to sell nuts and homemade bread on the streets. After the request and many trial recipes, we came out with a unique and delicious Calado (toast) that is now a top-selling product in several cities in Boyacá.
Our industry means everything to us. We all love to work from home, and as we hear our clients tell how our product has helped them with their health problems, we know our commitment to serve others is not in vain.
How has living in the country blessed you?
Dillan (age 19, eldest son): Living in the country has helped me grow closer to God. It saves me from many troubles. The city offers all kinds of distractions, misleading friends, and wasted time. The country offers tranquility and gives me an opportunity to have fun with my younger siblings.
Milena: Living in the country provides true preparation for Jesus’ second coming by contemplating God’s creation. We have more family communion, reading, studying, and spiritual growth.
What changes have you seen in your children by living in the country?
Milena: I have seen positive changes in all our children. They have each learned to value creation. They read more and have learned to adapt to new schedules. We explore together, and the Bible stories become alive just outside our front door. We have no complaints.
What part of the Bible do you like to meditate on?
Milena: I like to study the Psalms because they are full of encouragement. Their counsels are practical and real. I ask God to reveal His answers to all my questionings. He is extremely faithful to answer all I ask of Him.
*Loma Linda Campestre is an alumni project supported through Lord, Send Me.