NEVER TOO LATE
María Magdalena Mejía was born in Colombia in 1920, one of 20 children raised in a family steeped in tradition. Magdalena married when she was 18 years old and had two children in the first two years of her marriage. Then her husband died of typhoid fever. Two years later she married a man twice her age. But after four years of marriage and three more children, her husband was killed in an accident. Several years later she became engaged to a man who needed to have emergency gall-bladder surgery. He wanted to get married quickly, so that she could take care of him after the operation. She said that she thought it would be better to wait, since people had already dubbed her the “husband killer.” Her fiancé died on the operating table. Magdalena raised her five children as a single mother.
Magdalena was “born again” in Colombia in 2002. Very soon after her conversion, she had a reaction to antibiotics prescribed to treat a cold and was in a coma for 25 days. Her daughter, Gloria, and granddaughter, María, had both committed their lives to Christ and prayed fervently for the Lord to heal her body, and He did. Three years later, Magdalena had a stent put in her pancreas and was told that there was a 99 percent chance that she would die. But God touched her again!
Magdalena came alive not only physically but also spiritually. When she was younger she thought that if she was good, went to church every Sunday and prayed that she could earn her salvation. When she received Christ, she felt peace in her heart knowing that she belonged to Him and that He provided her salvation through faith, not through her own good works. She moved to Ecuador in 2008, and in February 2009, at the age of nearly 90, she decided to be baptized as an act of obedience to the Lord.
Since her baptism Magdalena has a renewed thirst to read God’s Word and pray. Her favorite verse is Philippians 4:13 (KJV): “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” She no longer fears dying and is sure that she will go to heaven. She wants to tell others about the love of Jesus.
Magdalena has not had an easy life, but she has learned that there is nothing that can separate her from the love of God. Even though she was “left alone” by several husbands, God never abandoned her. Magdalena is an example of the fact that it’s never too late to put your faith in Christ.
—Stephanie Beers, missionary to Ecuador