Ana Julia Vílchez Orozco: Nicaragua Field Director
We have enjoyed watching Ana Julia Orozco grow from one of our first sponsored students and blossom into our Field Director in Nicaragua. What Ana Julia does for JOO is amazing and we are proud of her and are exited about God's continued work in her life. Ana Julia is passionate about her work and her duties range from interviewing potential students, organising mission trips, curriculum development, accounting, to connecting with village leaders and inspiring pastors in their work. Ana Julia is likely our best investment to date.
Ana Julia Bio
I was born in 1993 and grew up in extreme poverty in las Avellanas with 9 siblings to include my brother Roger. In 2004 my brother Roger built us a house in Sebaco which improved our lives and brought us in closer connection to the city. In 2006 I graduated from elementary school and I began to see evidence of God’s unique plan for my life. In 2007, while studying in Ruben Dario high school I met my friend Jazmina who invited me to a home bible study where I accepted the Lord and began my spiritual walk. I was later baptized at the Sebaco Gerizim Christian center. I plugged into church and was in the church choir and taught small groups in the parsonage. I learned to become a leader and realized you have to go in search of those to serve to bring souls to Christ, Pastor Allan always involved us in outreach activities which included encouraging orphaned children sleeping on the street. I have come to know that God knows the each person’s purpose.
I never imagined that Jazmina would be my only and best friend. I moved to study at the Christian school Lily of the valley. In 2011 I graduated from high school, always put God first and knew it was Roger's desire to support me in my education. In 2012 I felt nervous because I started a new stage in life with great responsibility, I decided to study for a degree in international trade. Roger was my guide through the proces and eagerly listened to every suggestion and motivation he had for me. I never heard from my parents, yet I felt very blessed because he filled the role of father to me. Roger’s help kept me strong and encouraged a desire in me to excel and understand that there are other young people who need the same opportunity that God gave me. Of course there were days of discouragement but then remembered the advice of my brother. This helped me not waver. In 2012 Roger, through Just One Opportuniy built a training center in the city of Sebaco. He decided to give me the opportunity to get involved in what he did for the communities in different areas with a God mission that was still a mistery to us. In 2014 we started to carry out the vision of Just One Opportunity in Nicaragua. It was then where I started talking to Jazmina and I began to mentor her and teach her what I learned. Jazmina learned fast, handles everything we do well and we have become a great team. We have worked together for three years. We have received mission teams with different objectives, meet the needs of the less fortunate communities, have made different curriculum according to the focus areas. In 2016 I graduated obtaining my bachelor's degree in international trade at the University UCAN- Matagalpa. Thanks be to God and the support received from Mary Blake, Roger and you through Just One Opportunity. If God allows me I want to continue doing my work because my mind and my heart are focused on continuing to serve with Just One Opportunity.
Jazmina Elizeth Sequeira
I was born in the city of Rama on the coast of Nicaragua in 1990, daughter of Candida Rosa Sequeira, and Visitacion Garcia, I have six brothers.
At the age of five we moved to live in the city of Sébaco where I spent my childhood. I began my studies at the Christian school New Jerusalem where I excelled in my academics. When I was nine years old I met Jesus, and two years later I decided to be baptized. I worked as a leader of Sunday school, was in the church choir when I was 17 and formed a small group where we would invite my neighborhood and speak about Christ. It was in a small group where I met my great friend Ana Julia and invited her to my home. That day I happened to preaching and she decided to give her life to Christ, soon both of us worked with the youth in our church and went to the streets to visit children who have no home to speak of God and share food with them.
I started working at age 18, while studying at the Eddy Alonso institute. I was very tired and stressed so I decided to work and leave the studio side, after three years to reevaluate my life and re-plant my priorities because I saw that something was not right. I decided to resume my studies, in 2014 I graduated from 5th year of secondary .
Ana talked me a lot of about different opportunities and I became engaged and was curious about the work. I loved what I was doing, and told Ana Juilia I wanted to collaborate, but had no experience in anything, she guided me and instructed me in computer skills, which I appreciate and this was my start and partnership with Just One Opportunity. It has been a great experience and I learned a lot in the training we have done in education, evangelism, and practical skills, have gone to the communities to share with children. I also help distribute school supplies. Just One Opportunity has been a blessing in my personal life that it has given me the opportunity to grow as a person.