14-year-old Gabriela Diaz, inspired by her close friendship with our founder Christina, painted this beautiful acrylic painting of Our Lady of Guadalupe to help Build the Faith raise money so we can continue with Christina’s legacy of Faith and Hope. This particular image is near and dear to the hearts of Build the Faith community and all those close to Christina because Christina was diagnosed with cancer on December 12th, the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
We will be holding a raffle with the painting as the prize. For every $10 dollars donated, your name will be entered in the raffle. The winning raffle ticket will be drawn on December 12th.
All proceeds from the raffle will go toward the construction of Build the Faith’s fourth project, St. Peter’s Church in Ghana, Africa.
Monica Lacouture was born and raised in Colombia, South America. She came to the United States in 1995 where she and her husband married and were blessed with three children — Daniel, David and Christina (the inspiration behind Build the Faith).
Although Monica was raised a Catholic and attended parochial schools, she admits that throughout most of her adulthood she was a “lukewarm” Catholic. Her faith took an unexpected turn in late 2012 when she attended a retreat and experienced a personal encounter with Jesus. Little did she know, that three months later she would come to rely heavily on her newly strengthened faith as she dealt with her daughter, Christina’s, terminal cancer diagnosis and treatment. Throughout Christina’s battle with cancer, Monica’s faith grew and in 2016, inspired by Christina’s strong faith and trust in Jesus, Monica, and Fernando founded Build the Faith. As President of Build the Faith, Monica feels blessed to be able to continue her daughter’s legacy of faith and hope.