We received this update from Heather T., a team member from Taylor University in Peru this week. See more on Taylor University’s travels on their blog.
Imagine winding alleys made of cobble stone, colorful walls and tile, quite a few straggly dogs lying along the side and above a blue sky filled with sunshine and clouds. It’s a pretty picture, but what makes the picture beautiful are the people that walk along the alleys. Our team has had the privilege of knowing some of these people personally.
As mentioned, we are staying with some missionaries and workers at the Hogar Casa Luz. In just a few short days we have gone from knowing only their names and faces to knowing their hearts. I cannot exaggerate the impact these amazing people have had upon us. Our days with them are filled with laughter and prayer, conversation and heaping plates of delicious food that they make for us each day. Their spirits are beautiful and filled with the love of Christ.
Yesterday we took taxis down the busy streets to la piscina (the pool) and swam with the children. Before this trip many of us wondered how communication would go with the children since only a few of us know Spanish. We now know that the most important form of communication goes beyond words and may be understood by anyone: love. We have figured out their names (Edgar, Jose, Manuel, Milagros, Jason, Rosita, Reuben…) and now we have the joy of knowing their personalities.
After this was VBS, singing, games, and then in the evening was dinner as a team. Following dinner Pastor Jorge, our host, took us to get ice cream in the square. It is a strange, humbling and lovely feeling to receive so much from people who have less material/monetary comfort than we do, yet who lavish whatever they have on us.
With our craving for sweets satisfied, we arrived at the church for the Wednesday service. Some of our team had the opportunity to sing (in Spanish) and play with the band. Two members, Becky and Jon, also shared “a word.” The message and the singing is always filled with passion for God and encouragement. We would have left satisfied, but there was another adventure in store as the pastor had booked a well-known Peruvian Christian band to play for us. Seven or so songs later, we left happier than we could have imagined.
We thank God for these blessings and ask you for continued prayer. The work is sometimes exhausting, but nothing compared to what the missionaries do here every day. Pray for Monica and Jon, Jorge, Petty, and our translators Jean Carlos, Abi and Cecelia.
With love, some sunburns, and hearts FULL of joy,