When Adis was a little girl, she wanted to be like one of the ‘pink ladies’ – volunteers who looked after vulnerable patients in Colombian hospitals. She has dedicated her life to serving others, and is now fulfilling her childhood dream by helping refugees during the coronavirus crisis.
This year, World Humanitarian Day is focused on celebrating the millions of humanitarian workers who have continued to work tirelessly through the pandemic. Adis is one of those people.
A childhood dream
Early in the morning, little Adis would watch her mother put on a pink dress. Other women in pink uniforms would arrive, and they would go to the local hospital together.
The pink ladies, as they came to be known in the community, helped the most vulnerable patients in the hospital who had little money or resources. They cared for them, helped them access the medicines they needed, and even arranged transport for their relatives to visit them.
Adis dreamed of doing something like this when she was older. She imagined how wonderful it would be to be a doctor, able to help people heal from their illnesses and suffering.
Inspired by love
Adis’ compassion for others continued to grow over the years. She found many opportunities to serve her local community with her family, helping to clean up the neighbourhood or doing practical things for those in need.
And when Adis learned about Jesus, she was intrigued by how he dedicated his life to serving others.
‘Once I began to know the life of Jesus, he inspired me even more,’ remembers Adis. ‘I think that he is the person who has really strengthened in me all that my mother taught me, which is to serve and love those in need.’