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In One Week This Latina Became Homeless, Her Mom Abandoned Her, Yet She Landed A Huge Scholarship That Changed Her Life

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Anya Sifuentes knows how to outrun adversity. The high school athlete from Northside High School in Arkansas has overcome homelessness and is now on her way to college.

And so much of her success has to do with her strength and determination, key traits of any prime athlete.

Last October, Sifuentes, went home after school to find she was permanently locked out of her own home.

“It was late September that things just started getting strange,” Sifuentes explained in an interview with CBS affiliate KFSM-TV. “On October 1, I went home right after I went after school and realized that I couldn’t get in my home anymore.”

The reason why Sifuentes and her family were expelled from their home is unknown but according to CBS, as soon as she learned the news she went straight to her track coach.

“She called me and she was just distraught,” Jeff Smith, Sifuentes’ track coach told CBS News. “I said, ‘What’s the matter?’ She goes, ‘I’m homeless. I don’t have any clothes. I don’t have a place to go.'”

Sifuentes’ story took a turn for the even worse when her mother told her that she was leaving the family as well.

“My mom started really acting weird and you could tell that she was late on all of her bills and she wasn’t acting the same anymore,” Sifuentes said. “My mom said that ‘I’m not gonna stay with y’all.’ I thought, ‘Why?'”

Left to raise two younger siblings and a nephew, Sifuentes says she realized she had to step up and take things into her own hands. “To think that we’d be separated — I did not like the feeling,” she said. “I knew it wasn’t going to be the same anymore.”

Determined to keep her siblings and family together, Sifuentes took on multiple jobs, got her family into a new apartment and started to sign the checks for bills. This, all while attending classes and going to track practice.

“It just slaps you in the face — knowing that you’re an adult now,” Sifuentes explained in an interview. “You can’t play around now. You can’t just slack off one day because it will hit you later.”

Still, despite all of the stress she had over money and keeping her family together, Sifuentes says she overcame her depression by keeping her goal of being happy in mind.

“I set a goal in my mind. I have a goal to be happy, even though all this is going on and my family doesn’t seem like a family anymore,” Sifuentes said. “I’m depressed and I’m stressed and money is overwhelming right now. I thought to myself, ‘God is the only thing that’s going to get me through all this pain.'”

Running became an outlet for the teen, and eventually, it became her champion.

This past year, the high school senior was offered a scholarship by the University of the Ozarks to run for their team. She signed with them last month and will be headed to their track field in the coming Fall semester.

“I just look back and think, ‘This is who you are. You’re someone strong,'” Sifuentes stated on her impression of herself after overcoming so much. “You don’t give up easily. Even though times get rough, you have to keep going. Even though you fall down, you have to keep going.”

Apparently Jesus Christ Appeared In A Cloud Formation And Faithfuls And Non-Faithfuls Are Losing Their Sh*t

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Apparently Jesus Christ Appeared In A Cloud Formation And Faithfuls And Non-Faithfuls Are Losing Their Sh*t

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A photo has gone viral showing what some are calling the shape of Jesus Christ in clouds over San Salvador Jujuy, Argentina. The community, which is made up of 275, 188 people according to the 2010 census. Now, people around the world are talking about the area thanks to the surprise cloud formation.

This is the image people claim shows Jesus Christ in the clouds over San Salvador de Jujuy, Argentina.

According to Fox News, San Salvador de Jujuy resident Mónica Aramayo saw the shape appear in the sky. At that moment, she too out her cell phone and took a photo of the formation and she posted ti to bless other social media users.

The photo has sparked a religious debate all over Twitter as users battle over its authenticity.

A lot of users chose to see the photo as a sign of Jesus Christ’s second coming. Some have been saying that Christians need to start preparing for the end of days.

Those who don’t believe in the religious message are letting themselves be heard.

There are an equal amount of people that are speaking up that the formation is just a formation. Several countries across the world have seen a decline of the Christian population. However, it does continue to be the dominate religion of the the world.

Some people went another way and just assumed it was a reflection of a statue of Jesus in Argentina.

Seems like a stretch but everyone likes to have their own theories. Seems like it would be hard for that to appear that far away but a theory is a theory.

So many Twitter users have chosen to believe in the message that it is a sign for the faithful servants of the Lord.

Honestly, we’re just waiting for our tías and abuelas to start sending this around with a blessing attached. It is only a matter of time before we see this photo all over our newsfeeds because of the very family members mentioned above.

This isn’t the first time this year that someone saw Jesus in the clouds. He even appeared in Italy.

Italian artist and chef Alfredo Lo Brutto was overjoyed when he captured a photo of what looked like a Jesus formation over the ocean. According to The Sun, the artist posted the photo to Facebook and it wasn’t long until the photo went viral.

It also isn’t the first time that Latinos have been overjoyed with finding Jesus in an inanimate object and set out to share it with the world.

In 1977, a Latina mother in New Mexico became the first person to spot Jesus Christ on a tortilla. As Angelica Rubio recalled for The Eater, the discovery of the tortilla convinced her mother to set up a dedicated shrine to the tortilla to make sure people could come to see the miracle. The tortillas, made by Rubio’s mother every morning, held a surprise one morning as she saw a burn mark in one tortilla that looked just like the Lord Jesus Christ.

Some people do have some very serious questions about why these Jesus apparitions are showing up in very specific parts of the world.

It is an interesting question, for sure. Why do these Jesus apparitions show themselves to believers and not non-believers? It is a curious situation when you realize that these Jesus apparitions haven’t shown up in communities that aren’t Christian in nature. But, who are we to judge? What do you think about the apparition?

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