Gema Rodriguez, Ecuador:
Hi! I’m Gema Rodríguez. I’m 13 years old and I am from Chone, Ecuador.
I was a good friend of Valeria’s. She was a very joyful person and was always there to support the girls. She never said “no” when you asked her to do something and she would do it with so much love. She liked to smile a lot. If someone was sad, she would go up to that person and try to make him/her smile. She would speak of Mary and Jesus so sweetly, that you never wanted to stop listening to her, because she transmitted so much love and tenderness. It was as if she was speaking about her own mother or father.
I remember the last words that Valeria said to me, “Never say ‘no’ to the Lord. Say ‘yes’ to everything that He asks of you.”