Ana Briones 2022
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Born in Mexico City, I am the only and oldest girl of four siblings. My childhood memories are nothing but wonderful. My parents had a great 39-year marriage until my father went to be with the LORD. I was lucky enough to have my mother until the age of 91 when she passed away at the beginning of 2020.
I am a proud mother of three stunning children, two girls, one boy, and most recently gain three more- my children’s spouses. Additionally, I am blessed with six grandchildren, ages 6 to 18 – they are the light of my life. I cannot thank GOD enough for all of them.
With a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, I worked for a couple of businesses until I decided to explore the entrepreneurial world. In 2009 my life changed forever. My son and I had the opportunity to start Visa Solutions, a successful and rewarding business in the U.S. that has been changing people’s lives ever since.
That same year, the most remarkable event happened- I got to know JESUS. Before 2009, I knew about HIM but was never told that HE loves me as I am, nor that HE wanted to have a personal relationship with me.
From that moment on, I wanted to give back and began volunteering. Since then, I have been experiencing the most astonishing experiences. I have seen faces grieving with no hope transformed into smiles, just by letting them know that someone loves them and cares for them.
In October of 2018, I decided it was time to retire from professional life and focus more on volunteering, as there is so much more left to do. I know that we all have a mission to fulfill on this earth, and I have found mine.
A few years ago, I heard about the water wells in Africa, and I knew right away in my heart that is my mission. I then began the quest, but for a long time, the doors were not opening. Two powerful reminders that kept me going were:
“Where there is no vision, the people perish.” -Proverbs 29:18
And a quote that I once heard:
“Someone is waiting for me on the other side of my obedience.”
Then through my pursuit, I met Mike Navolio and his beautiful wife Jennifer at the M3 Missions Conference at Lakewood Church, and they told me all about the Clean Water Climb project. At that moment, I felt that this time the doors opened, and everything began to fall into place.
In July 2019, I began to live my GOD’s given dream. We went to Africa to repair water wells and share the Gospel with the beautiful people of Malawi. We had rescheduled another trip for July 2020 to climb the Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, but due to Covid, we had to cancel. Finally, the date is set for July 11, 2021, and I cannot be more excited to be part of this amazing experience.
I cannot thank enough my HEAVENLY FATHER for putting me on this path, for Mike, Jennifer, Child Legacy, Church Project, and all the people involved in this awe-inspiring project as well!
This is what I know GOD is leading me to do for the rest of my life and only the beginning of this true path. I am sure there will be many challenges to face and battles to fight, but I am relying on GOD’s Word that says:
“And I am sure of this, that HE who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of JESUS CHRIST.”
-Philippians 1:6 ESV