For the staff and children of the Gethsemane Learning Center in Ayacucho, Peru, 2016 has had a wonderful start. We’d like to share a few updates and prayer requests with you from the Local Heroes who faithfully run this program: Pastor Lenin and Pastora Flor. Please join us in celebrating the great work God has accomplished and in praying for His continued favor!
In January and February, the children were on school vacation, but the Gethsemane Learning Center faithfully served the children who stayed in the area. During these months, there was a special spiritual retreat for the pre-teens and teens, as well as workshops on music and art for all the children. Classes resumed on March 7th. Each school day, the children attend the Learning Center for a nutritious meal, spiritual discipleship, and tutoring. Thanks to the support of a stateside church partner, the Gethsemane Learning Center has a wonderful library and the children love to read! They’ve already read most of the books and Pastor Lenin and Pastora Flor hope to add more advanced reading materials as the children continue to improve their literacy.
In April, four staff members from the Gethsemane Learning Center participated in a professional development training to learn about the eight spiritual development goals of VisionTrust and how they can work towards helping each child they serve grow up to live for God and love others. The staff also studied KIDstory, a method of teaching Bible stories in a fun, interactive way so children can hear, learn, and retell God’s word. Pastora Flor, Herlinda, Mayday, and Eliseo gained so much knowledge and insight from the workshops and they were very honored to receive their “graduation certificates” upon completion of the training.
Mayday, one of the tutors at the Gethsemane Learning Center (pictured above, far right), has faced some significant health struggles. A few months ago, a doctor in Ayacucho told her that she had cancerous tumors and that if they were left untreated, she would pass away. Thankfully, through the generosity of a stateside donor, Mayday was able to make the long journey to Lima to see a more qualified doctor. There she learned that the tumors are not cancerous. Please join us in praying that Mayday’s doctor will have wisdom in how to treat the tumors and that the Lord will completely restore her health.
Every child that is part of the Gethsemane Learning Center is special, but we’d like to take the opportunity to highlight eleven-year-old Kevin Torres Vivanco (pictured below). Awhile back, Kevin’s family had to move away and he could no longer participate in the Gethsemane Learning Center. Due to his sister’s health, his family recently returned and Kevin was able to come back to the program. He loves God and is very helpful in caring for his sister. The staff of the Gethsemane Learning Center is so glad that he’s back in the program!