"We grew up. My father and older brother moved to the United States, and when I was 15, I decided to come too because it's a hard life there. Little money, not many jobs. A year later, my Grandmom who raised me back in Guatemala died. That was a hard time, very hard, because she was like my mom. Before she died, she always told me, 'Never give up. I trust you. Take care of your brothers.' Then when I was 18, my father died too, so my brothers and I were here alone. I remembered my Grandmom's words about never giving up, so I tried to make a life like normal people for my little brothers and myself.
"Thanks to God, I have a good life now. I'm 22 years old, I have a job, a girlfriend, a lot of good friends, and I can help other people who don't have as much as I do. I'm going to be fine.
"No matter what happens in your life, you can trust God. You can't always trust people. Some just want to use you. There are good people and bad people out there, so you have to be careful, but you can always trust God. Ask him with faith, and he will give you everything you need."