Even in the middle of migration, life can still happen. María and her family fled violence in Guerrero, Mexico, and came to the US-Mexico border, hoping to seek asylum. When they arrived, they found out that Title 42 was still in effect. The border was closed. They were stranded. Together, they set about building a life in Nogales while they waited for the policy to change. But the situation became more urgent when Maria was shocked to find out she was pregnant—it was then she found hope in the Nativity story.
“As December arrives and we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady Guadalupe, Christmas, and the New Year with parties, I reflect on how my family has lived over the past year. It wasn’t what I planned—I even wanted to change it all,” says María.
Five months into their wait to seek asylum, María learned she was pregnant. “At first, I was in shock. We already had children, and there were no opportunities. But my husband and I eventually turned to each other and said this baby was just one more person we had to protect, one more reason to keep moving forward. I knew I needed to fight.” Drawing inspiration from the Virgin Mary, María and her husband found courage.
“If the Virgin Mary could do it with God’s grace, so could I. She never resisted—and everything turned out okay.” It was then that María discovered the strength and courage to persevere in the face of adversity. Through hope and prayer, she found a safe haven for her family while awaiting asylum.
“I am incredibly grateful for everyone who supported me. Kino never stopped motivating us, encouraging us to have faith every day. We are so thankful for everything they did for us and for supporting us,” she reflects. Although it wasn’t the situation she expected, María was filled with hope, peace, love, and joy, expecting a new child in the midst of a challenging season.
Now, she counts her blessings. Especially during this season, María expresses gratitude for everyone who stood by her and her family. “My faith grew. I pleaded with God and the Virgin to be allowed out and to have a safe place for my family. Now, my precious daughter is born, my kids are in school and doing well—my oldest is even in high school!”
María’s narrative of faith and confidence in God’s will serves as a reminder that, even when unexpected, God extends grace. Her most significant lesson: To wait on God. “Sometimes there are storms before it calms. You need to wait. Ultimately, your faith will grow.”