A team from Taylor University is spending time in Peru this week, serving the children and local heroes we work with. Below is an update they sent. You can also read more about Taylor University’s teams on their blog.
Imagine spending hundreds of hours planting and cultivating a crop only to discover the majority of your field is weeds. We started this week with a wake up call at 5am to work in Pastor Jorge’s quinoa fields in the Andes Mountains. The crop he produces goes to provide college scholarships for several orphans. However, as we weeded the fields, we found that the quinoa did not grow well this year. While most farmers would be very discouraged, Pastor Jorge demonstrated great faith. He continued to move forward, and as a team we planted several more fields of quinoa and about 120 Tara trees. And Pastor Jorge’s faith paid off: the next day, he found out that the government donated 10,000 Tara and Eucalyptus trees along with the labor to plant them. Praise the Lord!
Maddie Gold was one of the seven girls planting the Tara trees. “It is not often that we get to do manual labor like this, but knowing the reason why we were doing it gave me a new mentality,” she said. “The sun was hot, the picks were heavy, and there were so many trees, but at the end of the day, it felt refreshing to be sore for a good cause.”
“At the beginning of the day, it was encouraging to pray as a group for the fields,” said Morgan Ricker. ”When the tractor came and we started to spread manure, everyone’s spirits were high, even though we smelled like poop. We know and believe that God will show up in big ways and we are excited to see the quinoa grow and provide for the ministry as a whole.”
Currently we are working at a Learning Center called Gethsemane. We fed the kids lunch and then we run a Vacation Bible School. All of these kids live in poverty, and our team had the unique opportunity to see some of the homes where there kids live and pray over their families. As a team, we felt very humbled by their circumstances and even more motivated to serve them well.
– Proper amount of rain for the quinoa plants
– The kids at the Learning Center as we build relationships with them
– Continued health and safety—only a few cases of colds, sunburns, and altitude sickness!
Thank you for your continued prayers and support.
The Peru Crew