News from Peru – Maria (March 20, 2011)

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News from Peru – Maria (March 20, 2011)

It was great to have Pierre, Emilie and Simon in Peru. Pierre will probably share about his experience at his return to Ottawa. They are now in Chile.

Here is something that might encourage your faith. The day before Pierre’s arrival, I had to meet someone from “Las Columnas” at Miraflores. Somehow we didn’t connect and I had to take a cab to downtown Lima. I don’t remember what I said to the driver but he ended sharing he was going to take his life that day. After he parked his car, I listened to him and shared what God put in my heart; the man was in tears. He ended repenting and receiving Jesus in his heart. He said he had felt the presence of God! I started to tremble myself…what an experience! In the end, he did not charge me anything and on top of that he couldn’t stop thanking me. Strange – I could have taken another cab and I might not have been ready to share what I shared, etc, etc. I was able to do it and to be used by God only because of all what I have lived to this day. Another time, I was sad because I did not have time to visit two sisters (one of them blind) I had been praying for (too far to go and too late to go already) so I went for a walk. Well, guess what, I met them at the park where I had gone for a walk. They had gone to visit a family member and decided to go out to buy an ice cream at the moment I was passing by that park and there we met. We did not care about the people around us. We held hands and gave glory to God. There are so many things happening everyday that I know it is the living God in His mercy and compassion for His children. I used to feel insecure to just pray by myself and thought God was being manifest because of the other person that was praying with me. Now, I just know the One that prays with me is Jesus and I accompany Him. What an honour and a joy!

Last night 3 kids that were not able to come to the Camp of Faith and Prayer in February, accepted Jesus in their hearts: two girls (9 and 11 years old) and a boy call “Angelito” (little angel; he is 7). One of these girl lives with her grandmother (her father and mother abandoned her at an early age), the other girl was so happy after she received Jesus, that she gave me a little toy that was very valuable to her. Angelito was amazed watching the two girls in tears and hugging me. I asked him if he wanted to receive Jesus. He said no because he didn’t want to cry. So he left, but after few minutes, he returned and said he really wanted to have Jesus. Of course, he ended up crying. He takes care of his blind mom. I only learned that she was blind recently, when I became curious about this child that was always trying to call my attention and told me he creates songs for God. Pierre must remember him because there was one day we went with the kids to a park and Angelito sat with us and sang a song to God that was his own creation. These kids are so wounded, many times by their own parents but also have the innocence that allow them to receive the living God in a way most people can’t.

Here are some pictures of Pierre walking in the middle of water (it is not the Jordan by the way). In a green field “picking up the harvest”, etc. There was no helicopter but they tried the Peruvian moto-taxi and we had lots of fun. It was good for the spirit!

“Chalice” mission is coming tomorrow (over 30 people!). There is lots of love in the work they do. I’ll be travelling with them to the north of Peru for a few days and then back to Canada. I heard there was a fire near my place in Ottawa. Time to be back.

Maria

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