Archive for April, 2010

And then there was morning and evening the third day….

April 27, 2010

Day 3 of our time in Huanuco began with an unexpected opportunity to appear on the local tv news network for a couple of interviews, one going out live that very morning, and the other going out at noon. Present for the interviews were myself, Dr Tom Harle and Gerry Roussie, respectively President and Executive Director of Health Teams International, and Maria Palomino , who did the translating for us. It was a great way for us to advertise the mission and explain what we were doing, and why we were doing it = the love of Christ urges us on (2 Cor 5, 14)

Then back to join the rest of the team at the soup kitchen for a full days work, treating upwards of 220 people, ( adults and children). Upstairs while the doctors were ministering and the pharmacists doing their stuff ,we put on a childrens DVD on the life of Jesus, which kept enthralled the large numbers of children up there . Downstairs , there was also a steady supply of people coming for dental or eye treatment. Even a steady downpour did not keep the crowds from coming .

We finished up for the day at 5pm before heading back to the hotel for a rest and a clean up , before attending Mass at the local parish at 7pm. I had the honour of presiding and preaching at the Mass. Then we adjourned to a local pizzeria for a well earned meal and relax.

Each day of this mission is giving us wonderful surprises. As Deacon Allan is fond of saying, Unfold the day, Lord !!

Thanks for all the prayers, folks, keep them coming !!


Fr Bob

Poem for Peru

April 24, 2010

From: D Coutu

A Prayer for Peru

my Dearest Lord

carry close to Your heart…..

“these who walk for you”

as channels

for healing

that each step be enlivened with your Spirit

as You grace those in need

reach deep

O Lord

into all who cross their path

and kindle in them a fire that burns deeply

and O the children……..

that they know………… Love

we ask that You grace them

with the fire of Hope


that You

remain branded in their souls

and the wanting of You

be theirs eternally

we ask also

“ these who walk for you”

would remain under the protection of Your wings

that You would restore them and nurture all,

tending to them sweetly…………..

until they return in safety, home

bless these hands that serve………


April 22, 2010

From: D Coutu


April 19, 2010

Resting with the Lord, I saw the heavens. The sky was inky black, vibrant and full of stars, the depth and breadth of the image was vast. The scene showed the fullness and magnificence of what He had created, so that we may feel it also as part of us and allowing us into Himself.

Then into this, shot the neck of a huge stringed instrument. It was most beautiful. Only the long neck of the instrument was there diagonally imposed into the universe and stars. The two woods were both a rich red and a golden amber. The end was like a dark mahogany curling forward like no other seen before. It had many fine strings. The the word clamp came and then I saw a capo ( I believe it is a clamp like device that tones down the sound in a uniform way across all the strings) it was being put on by the Lord in a loving and deliberate way. The feeling during all this was exquisite.


I feel that the Lord was saying again that He is doing His unique creation and He will set the tone.

I also feel that the full instrument has yet to be revealed to us.

Thinking back to the last prophetic painting for the community, that painting clearly spoke of our not trying to get ahead of God and to let go of our own understanding so that we may be free to hear what He wants for us.

It seems that we are being deliberately reminded of who He is and not to take the control with our thinking or presuming that we know what is to be done.


Velma felt that the Lord was showing us that He was the Creator and what He is doing something incredibly beautiful and new.


Peru- Remain in Him and He will set the tone. He will create (heal) and show His splendor if we get out of His way………….He is running the show.


April 17, 2010

From: D Coutu


Tuesday April 13, 2010

around 9 am

I sensed a Holy presence in my room.

While in a dream state I was told to open my eyes and see. There above me , I sensed a lot of movement, dark and active. Opening my eyes I saw many squirming minnows in the upper left corner of my ceiling. Falling back into sleep I pulled myself back in order to look again and I asked what this was . It was shown to be a fine net very full net of moving living new minnows. . They was almost bursting out of the net. I felt groggy and asked if I was really seeing this., and I was shown clearly that it was true. I wondered and rested in amazement watching the fish swimming and straining the net. It became clear that this was a fish farm and a holding tank. Next I was led to check if it could be anything else. It seemed to try to change into something negative and I spoke out in the Lord’s name that this would go and it did! It was clear then that the enemy was trying to interfere this vision/dream. This told me to pay attention to its importance.

Being drawn back to drowsiness I pulled myself back to check again to see if the fish were real and they were. I asked the Lord what this meant.

They were new fish being held back as in a fishery just before releasing them into the wild. I was in an observing position as if at the bottom of a holding tank feeling calm and peaceful . It was clear that I was to tell of this. I asked the Lord for His word on this.

The Lord said that He was holding these young ones back on purpose. They were not going to be released as before to die and be consumed by so many things. Large numbers were not going to be released and be lost.

The next scene was one with much fewer, larger young fish, The Lord had held them back to allow them to mature and more able to withstand the seas. This was His plan. These would survive well and would be equipped with His teaching and Strength.

They were still in the releasing net waiting upon His discretion and assessment of their readiness.


Wait upon the Lord. He is directing all things. He will determine when, where and how,

The Lord is preparing us to withstand much more and we are to wait patiently again for His timing and that it is happening differently this time. We must be much better prepared and He will do it in us if we allow Him. Not all will be released onto the seas but those whom He chooses , must wait for His teaching and allow the maturing and strengthening. It will not be easy to wait. We do not get to decide for ourselves.

I also had a sense that He there would be successive releases of mature fish.

Henri Nouwen Daily Meditation

April 15, 2010

Reading Spiritually About Spiritual Things

Reading often means gathering information, acquiring new insight and knowledge, and mastering a new field. It can lead us to degrees, diplomas, and certificates. Spiritual reading, however, is different. It means not simply reading about spiritual things but also reading about spiritual things in a spiritual way. That requires a willingness not just to read but to be read, not just to master but to be mastered by words. As long as we read the Bible or a spiritual book simply to acquire knowledge, our reading does not help us in our spiritual lives. We can become very knowledgeable about spiritual matters without becoming truly spiritual people.

As we read spiritually about spiritual things, we open our hearts to God’s voice. Sometimes we must be willing to put down the book we are reading and just listen to what God is saying to us through its words.