Ayacucho, Peru—what a beautiful place. The Andes Mountains surrounding the city, the clouds so close you can almost touch them. I walked down a beautiful street lined with flowers, cacti, and some nice looking homes. 6-year-old Judith was standing on the sidewalk with her brother and sister, waiting for us to visit her family. Her mother opened a gated garage with a nice car inside and a door leading to a beautiful home.
But we didn’t walk through that door.
Judith led us to a small opening in the back of the garage, down a tiny alley that led to a pit of boulders and rebar. We scaled the small walkway around the pit. There was a small table and a propane stove, it was Judith’s kitchen. Past the kitchen was one dark room with three beds. Her mother invited us to sit down on the beds. While we visited, Judith’s oldest brother showed up with glassy eyes, slurring his speech, and wreaking of alcohol.
The next day I saw Judith again, at the VisionTrust Learning Center. She was singing songs to Jesus, eating a delicious lunch, playing with people who loved her. I literally felt the presence of God all around me and all around her. In the midst of poverty and alcoholism, God is working in Judith’s life—through VisionTrust. I will forever remember the very vivid example God gave me through Judith. God specializes in taking people that are broken, holding them close, and healing them with His love.