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July 16, 2012
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Message from Maria about the Peru Mission – August 6-18, 2012

July 16, 2012

Hi Everyone,

Here is a message from Maria for the upcoming Peru Mission and for anyone that desires to go.

Lillian

MISSION TO PERU (August 6-18, 2012) from Maria Palomino

CLARIFICATION

There have been a number of people contacting me regarding the upcoming Peru Mission. Many are disappointed because of the shortness of time since it was announced and the dates confirmed for the mission to take place.

The delay has been because it was not in my plans to have a new mission to Peru this year. Fr. Bob and others believe it is God’s will and time to have this mission. I believe there is more need for mission work in North America than in Peru. Still, God’s ways are not always our ways and the poor of Peru might have something to teach about true love and faith to those going, and those going might encourage and have something to share with the poor. Learning that others coming from so far away, care about their condition, strengthens their faith and openness to receive Jesus in their heart. I will help coordinate the logistics of the mission and be with the mission in a few activities according to God’s Will.

In North America there are so many courses on how to love, how to be bold for Jesus, how to experience “higher levels” etc, etc. Within the poor of Peru, the need is for food, clean water, shoes, and many more things, but they are the real thing, ‘the salt of the earth, the light of the world. No need for courses about things that God gives freely to His children. There is physical poverty but faith is their richness and they are very open to receive. The various missions have brought hope and desire to know more about Jesus.

MISSION ACCORDING TO GOD’S WILL AND PURPOSE

I am aware that 12 days in Peru is too short for any serious mission but the Holy Spirit can produce in a short time things that are impossible for men. Contributions towards someone’s trip is important and contributing towards the poor in Peru is also important, but praying for the mission is even more important.

Isaiah 58:6-9, which was the initial Bible message that started the Peru Mission, talks about the fast that pleases God. The center of this amazing message that shows God’s will is:

“Letting the oppressed go free, sharing your bread with the hungry, dressing the naked…”.

There is a promise that comes by doing this kind of fast. I have had the privilege to experience the reality of this promise myself.

“…your light shall break forth speedily,

And your righteousness shall go before you;

The glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.

Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer;

You shall cry, and He will say, “Here I am”

In previous years, I never set requirements for people wanting to go on mission to Peru. I just felt happy that people wanted to go to my country and God honoured their desire. Many went with a pure heart and desire to share their love for the poor. Through the years, mission after mission watered the seeds initially planted. Some of them are already producing fruits.

In the past 7 years there have been close to 100 people between 11 and over 80 years old, going on mission to Peru. If there was someone that really wanted to come and did not have the means, I tried to make it possible with God’s help. Language and cultural differences were not a problem.

This time, I believe it is important to mention that to go to Peru on mission, people have to have a serving heart, be ready to submit their own agendas to God’s Will, be familiar with their Bible and have the sensitivity to respect the dignity of the poor. Not all have this kind of attitude but I encourage your support to those that are willing to take this challenge.

“…narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life and there are few who find it” (Matthew 7:14)

MISSION SITES

There are 3 sites where infrastructure projects have taken place. They are worth close to US$150,000.

1) Divine Mercy Soup kitchen in Huanuco’s shanty town – Hactay (near the jungle);

2) Washrooms, showers and underground pipes for people living in the margins in a place called Las Columnas – downtown Lima, and

3) Huangascar Mothers’ Club – a facility for women in the mountains at about 3,000 meters above sea level.

Many times money came from unexpected sources such as the Canadian Embassy in Lima, an organization representing 3 churches in England, various non-church goers in Ottawa and some LJH’s members.

THE MISSION MESSAGE

The message we implicitily gave through the work in the three projects was:

‘there is a God that cares and loves you and He is alive and sent His only Son so you might be saved from sin and be born into the kingdom of God!’

The material help has been important but it makes sense only through Jesus. It is not about “good works” but bringing the truth through the gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ and we can not convince any one unless we live this truth.

There is a wisdom in the poor that recognizes what is not genuine and does not come with love. (Love never fails). Accepting Jesus as Lord of their lives is what can change their condition and “God will meet all their needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).