After his father passes away at age 10, the lives of Luis Palau and his family are changed forever. Within a few years of his father’s death, Luis, his siblings, and his mother are left nearly destitute. Luis is forced to discontinue his education at an elite boarding school in Argentina and provide for his family as they slip into poverty.
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