So I don't have to much information to update on but I do have some prayer requests..
- Please pray for the team that I am with right now and that they would stay healthy and have a safe trip home
- Please pray that this team would experience Jesus and hear about the Lord through the testimonies of the different boys
- Please pray that I would have opportunities to share my faith and that I would love well and serve well
- Please pray for Great Britain and Europe as transitions are taking place; the changes are affecting many people and instead of making a political stance, I know many people simply need prayer
That is all for now... God is good all the time and all the time God is good!
So I will be staying here at the boys home in Kusi until July third. One of the works teams that I have been with left this morning and a new team arrives on Tuesday. The majority of the work that we are doing is making adobe bricks to build new buildings at the Kusi campus. The boys home at Kusi is not only a home but also a campsite for Scripture Union's camps and church retreats. The majority of what I am doing is supervising the work taking place and translating Spanish to English and vice versa.
One of the guys that lives at this home is 27 and has graduated from Kusi but still lives here as the cook. He shared his testimony with me and again I am amazed by the hand of God in his life. He has challenged me in my faith and continues to share with me about his life. I am thankful for the opportunity to get to know him because he has become almost like a mentor, continually telling me to trust in God and follow wherever the Lord leads. His background and life before Kusi were dysfunctional and full of depression compared to how easy it seems I have had it. Yet he has challenged my faith in God. Meaning, he knows the Lord will provide and he places complete trust in the Lord whereas when I worry about the small things in life, I sometimes wonder where the Lord is. If anything, this trip has impacted my life maybe more than any impact I will have on the young guys here.
In other news, even if I had not encountered Christ in the lives of the people here, the beauty of creation proclaims his handiwork. The mountains out here in the middle of nowhere are completely astounding. This truly is a beautiful country. Well, until next time!
P.S. - the wifi is not fast enough to upload pictures so it will be a little while before more pictures arrive haha
Urumbamba (small town outside of Cusco) was incredible and the young guys were so hard to say "so long" to. I will get to see them again when I am with another team later this summer but the guys in Cusco were a blessing and they even challenged me. It was really fun to jam out to some Christian reggeaton (didn't know that existed haha) with them and loved singing along to Hillsong with them. They have a heart for the Lord and they see his hand in the everyday things of life. I was able to hear about some of Hector's (house father in Cusco) testimony while he has been the leader of the home and that challenged my faith and stretch me as well. Being able to hear stories and God's work in people's lives puts me in awe of the creator everytime. I am thankful we serve a living God who hears the deepest cries of our hearts.
So I titled this post Yungay because that is where we are headed for our next few days. There is a boys' home in Yungay called Kusi. We will be helping them with some necessary building projects at the home and spending time with the boys (which is probably a given haha). The city of Yungay is fairly a young city due to a horrendous earthquake that burried the large city about 45 years ago. It sits at the base of one of the largest mountains in Peru. To get there, we have a 10 hour bus ride (give or take 2 hours because traffic and you never know what you will encounter in Peru).
PRAYER REQUESTS: The Lord would allow us to achieve and complete the buidling projects that we need to take care of in Kusi; that I would allow space for the Holy Spirit to work in the hearts of the team and the young guys; that I would not just go through the motions of doing ministry while hear and conitinue to know that the Lord is moving in powerful ways; finally, that I would simply be thankful and be able to just sit in the presence of the Lord and seek after him
Ica was an amazing time, especially being able to get to know the boys. The young guys come from really hard backgrounds, they are either abandoned or they come from abusive homes and things of that sort. Most of the time the boys know their families which makes things all the harder when doing ministry. The boy's home is better for the young guys to stay at but they also desire to live with their families because to them it seems okay since the families only visit every once and a while. The young guys are a lot of fun to play soccer with (although I was terrible against them lol) and get to know. They have interesting stories and I loved just being able to talk about life with them and have some conversations about faith and what it means to be a man after God's own heart.
While we were in Ica, we drove out to one of the Shanty towns (it was a very poor and impoverished area in the desert) and gave out water. We rent out a water truck for the time we were there and filled people's tubs and buckets. They will use this water to cook, wash, and drink. It is the best thing they have got. I have some pictures from this up on the photos tab underneath Peru - Ica. Pictured at the bottom of this post is a boy from the impoverished area.
Another neat thing is that the team that is with us now is a team from Scotland. They are not necessarily Christian but they being high school age students and through simply having conversations, I have been able to share my faith with them. When we were riding in the bus on the way back from Ica to Lima, I sat next to one of the Scottish guys and he began asking me about my faith and then a few others began to listen and then eventually the whole group was listening to me talk about God. That was a divine appointment; a seed has been planted. Praise God for his goodness and mercy.
PRAYER REQUESTS: the young guys at the homes - that they would understand their faith and truly make it there own and that they would continue to see God at work in their lives; the Scottish team - that they would continue to ask questions about faith and what it really means and see the reality of God; me - that I would not be nervous when speaking Spanish and that I would continue to look for God in everything we do and see his hand in the ministry here
I have been in Lima since Wednesday night/Thursday morning. My plane did not arrive until around 1am Peru time, which is 2am Eastern Time. Peru is an hour behind because of daylight savings time in the states. Currently, the missionaries have been taking me and the other intern, Jillian, around the city of Lima and getting us accustomed to the culture and people. We have been going through the schedule for the summer and the places we will be going. On Monday, our summer of travels begins. Billy (missionary) and I will be picking up a team from the airport and heading on our way to Ica while Billy's wife Kate and Jillian will be headed to Kusi, another home. Ica is a desert city about 5 hours (bus ride) south of Lima. We will be visiting/staying/working at Scripture Union's boys home in Ica. Peru is a country of rich culture and wonderful food, it has been very neat to experience Lima the past couple days.
Today, we spent the majority of our day at a place called "Hope House''. It is the only home that is specifically for girls that Scripture Union is affiliated with and is passing on to another organization called One For Others. It was an awesome experience to get to hang out with some of the girls and get to know them (pictures of them are on the photos tab). A few of them accepted Christ as their personal Lord and Savior and a couple wanted to rededicate their life! God is so amazing and this was like a kick-started for the ministry that is to come during this summer.
PRAYER REQUESTS: Young people here in Peru will continue to accept Jesus and want to follow him, the teams that are coming in will be focused and have a desire to serve, that the Lord would continue stretch and grow me and the other intern Jillian, also for words to say when we forget some Spanish Vocabulary - also boldness to not be nervous when speaking Spanish