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