Good evening everyone,
We started this trip off having to be patient, spending a lot of time in the Miami airport before we headed to Peru, but after today it was well worth it and then some. Today we had the opportunity to spend with the children of El Porvenier in Chincha Alta. We played frisbee and soccer. Will, Mike, Walt, Eddie, and Angel spent time spinning the kids around in the field.
It was such an amazing feeling to see familiar faces again. It was so overwhelming I had a hard time keeping myself together. Seeing the kids who were not even crawling last year walking was amazing. The community center we started to build last year is completed and it looks GREAT!!
Later in the afternoon we split into 2 groups for family visits. Kris, Eddie, Mikayla, Joe, Abel, and I went to see 2 different families. The first we visited was Jaquiline’s family. I can only speak for myself when saying this, but I was completely unprepared for the mother’s story she shared with us. Josephina, the mother, told us that she had lost 2 of her older daughters because of illness. She said that she would always ask God why does such bad things happen to her. She said she felt alone and that she was not strong enough for her family. She had lost hope. Their house was severely damaged from the earthquake several years ago, but could not afford to get it repaired. There was cracks in the walls and the foundation was shifted. They were forced to move to a small section of the home next to a door for a quick escape route. She said they did not feel safe. Just hearing her and seeing her pain brought me to instant tears.
I was so compelled by the Holy Spirit I told her that no matter where we are or who we are, that with life comes problems and strife, but through the love of Jesus we can have eternal peace in our hearts no matter what trials and tribulations may occur. At the beginning of our trip we received bracelets with the bible verse Phillippians 4:13 “I can do everything through Him that gives me strength.” I decided to give her my bracelet and recite this verse to her. I told her that was a physical reminder of the love not only between her and the Lord, but also with our team. We all wept, then prayed for her and her family.
We then went to go see Ingrid’s family. This was such a blessing to see the growth with this family from last year. Last year, Charla had asked how she was doing in school, she was upset she was not in school. This year it was amazing to know that now she was back in school and she was very proud and happy.
God has done tremendous works in the lives of those in Chincha Alta since last year. The seeds of hope, peace, and love through Jesus Christ was so remarkable I can not even begin to describe. We have only been here 2 days and I have found myself in tears on several occasions.
All is well with the group. I can tell already that this trip is forever going to change the lives of the entire team.
I am off to bed. I hope all is well back in the States. We are all thinking of you all and keeping you in our prayers while we are here in Chincha. Thank you all for your continuing love and support.
Sending much love to everyone at home. xoxoxoxo
GOD BLESS YOU ALL!!