This Thanksgiving is going to be a very special celebration. Exactly six years ago I started publishing Spanish stories for children on a blog called Mis Perlitas (My Little Pearls).
It was a “resurrection” of story papers I used to publish in Peru and Bolivia.
Forty nine years ago, when I chose the name La Perlita (The Little Pearl), I didn’t know how perfect it was. I used my name Margarita as the “Auntie”, which means Pearl, but at that time I didn’t know the connection. Years later a missionary friend, Carlos Olsson, asked me if I knew that Margarita means Pearl. What an interesting discovery! I think my heavenly Father led me to choose the name
In 1965 I arrived as a missionary to Peru, ready in my heart to fulfill the vision that the Lord had given me to work with children. When I started a children’s ministry in Huancayo, I wanted to do a Sunday school take-home paper. In 1966 I started a very simple paper with alcohol duplicating and later on I upgraded to a mimeograph, which was printing with ink.
My dream was to publish the paper with photos of children. I wanted them to identify with the people in the stories. When we as a family moved to Bolivia I began the publication in offset printing and illustrated the stories with photographs of children. I published some 200 papers in series of 20, each with a different color.
When God brought me to Miami, USA, to work with Life Publishers, for 20 years there were no story papers. My husband suffered a lot because I had to “bury” my dream of making stories for children. I gave up this dream to fulfill the call of God to work in the development of a new curriculum with Life Publishers. I worked with the Assemblies of God for twenty years!
In November 2009, after my ordeal with cancer, my “Pearl” magazine was “resurrected.” God directed me to put all my teaching materials on the internet for free download and to publish a weekly story.
Now I celebrate with gratitude to God the posting of 300 stories for children in Spanish! Added to that are 65 in English!
Pearls are unique gems. Since ancient times they have been highly valued for their rarity, delicate in beauty and extraordinary value.
My hope that the “pearls” I publish weekly are unique gems for those who are the real “pearls”, the boys and girls receiving the stories.
One of the teachers I have built a friendship with through my publishing tells me that she reads a story every night for her children. She is collecting the stories in a binder.
At misperlitas.wordpress.com teachers and parents get the story, a coloring sheet, a poster and a Bible activity. Along with these materials I write a weekly blog pertaining to the message in the story.
At clubperlita.wordpress.com the purpose is that children can read the story directly on screen. I’ve had an increased number of visits to this page recently.
Felix, Claudia, Carina, Caesar, Sonia, Ketty, Emilio, Claes, Miguel, Ximena, Absalóm-León, Cristina, Nancy… These are some of the people who have worked with me; some are still with me. If it were not for them the story papers would be boring. No fun pictures to go with them and no variety of stories.
Each person that has worked with me is a pearl of great value. Each reader, young and old, is a gem. There is an average of 400 visits a day to the PEARL pages. I have no words to express my gratitude to God for the privilege of publishing La Perlita.
For stories in English visit: MX1414.wordpress.com
It’s going to be an exciting Thanksgiving with heart overflowing…
Working on one of the Little Pearls in 1986