We received this update from Sarah H., a team member from Taylor University in Peru this week. See more on Taylor University’s travels on their blog.
God is so good. Our time here in Ayacucho has been wonderful. We have new friendships with amazing followers of Christ, and God has used us as his vessels of love to his children at Hogar Casa Luz who do not have families to regularly show them how much they are loved. We are seeing the fruit of the love that we are able to pour out on them.
For example, several young children, who emotionally kept their distance from us at first are now realizing that they can trust us and are opening up. Miliza, Rosita, and Maily are four and five year-old girls who, at the beginning of our trip, would occasionally talk with us or let us play with them, but we could tell that they had walls up, and they often chose to talk or play in a small group rather than opening up to us. However, we noticed yesterday the difference in behavior in these three beautiful little girls. They approached us to play, they were open to our hugs, they giggled in our arms, and they were so much more joyful. We are so thankful that the love of Christ through us has worked in their hearts that so crave love.
We are also so encouraged by teen purity training, as God is working through us to teach teens about their valuable worth to the Him and about His best plan for their lives. The teens are open in conversation, eager to learn more, and excited about the commitment to live purely.
Our health team completed most assessments of the children at Casa Luz and we are thankful that we can help to accomplish a small part of the bigger project that will help organizations across the world to ensure the physical health and development of their children.
We see the Lord working in these ways, and we are excited and thankful. However, as we enter into our second week of ministry, we sense that the Enemy has also noticed the work that God is doing here and is trying to attack that work. Please pray for health for our team, for energy, and for emotional and spiritual endurance as we seek to continue with strength in the work to which the Lord has called us.
Rejoicing in His faithfulness,
Sarah H. & the Peru Lighthouse Team
Colossians 1:9-12 “For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.”