Peru Mission Trip-Day 7

August 10, 2006 at 1:10 pm (Faith, Missions, My ramblings, Peru)

Children’s Home in Chacalacayo
This is one place we always like to visit when we come to Peru. Camino De Vida Church has 2 of these safe havens for children, one in Lima and one in Cusco.
These are not orphanages, most of these children have parents. Many, if not all of these beautiful children, have been abused and taken from their families and placed here. Not only does the home take care of their physical needs, by feeding and clothing them and giving them an education, they are also learning about the love of Jesus. These children are never without a beautiful smile and once again I found myself wondering, who is ministering to whom?

Our church, Church of the Redeemer, is known for our plastic bins that we bring on each visit. During the preparation for the trip, our team was able to collect toys, clothes, medicine, toiletries, crafts and so much more for the children here. We love to watch the children’ s faces light up when we give them presents and share our love with them. One of our team members, Charo, got a donation of hundreds of Beanie Babies and we were able to give one to each child.

Our children’s ministry at our church donated a ton of craft projects that were left over from vacation Bible school so we had a mini VBS in Peru! Linda, Charo, Nikki and Eileen helped the children make visors and paint wooden crosses.
Many of our other team members got to play ulitmate frisbee, soccer and dodge ball with the children. After that, they had a cookout for us and the food was awesome! I think it was the best meal we had while we were in Peru.

While we were there, a local television star came out and also gave the children presents and a TV set. It was hard to watch the children leave us and run to them and I know I had to check my heart. It was easy to feel like these people were cutting in on our limited time we had with the children but when it comes down to it, the bottom line is that the children reap the benefits.
The TV station finally left and the children came back to finish making their crafts and playing.
By the time we left, the children tied green bracelets around our wrists that had I love Hogar de Ninos written on them. (I love the children’s home). We didn’t give the children a giant screen TV, we gave them our hearts and our love and they reciprocated by giving us these bracelets, not the TV station.

We found out that the home was recently robbed so we took a love offering and was able to bless Pastor Christian, who runs the home, with $800. This will help them to install an alarm system and much, much more.


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