Maria from Peru

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Peru is a country where close to 60% of the population is below 25 years old. Lima is a city with around 10 million people so you can imagine the action here: crazy car drivers, streets kids doing all kind of tricks in the streets to get few coins, great food, music, soccer, ocean, sun, even “the cirque du soleil” is going to be here for a whole month starting this weekend, the rally Dakar has been moved from Africa to South America and started last Sunday here in Lima. The Peruvian economy might be growing but corruption and distribution of wealth has not improve much the condition of the poor.

Here in Lima, the Camp of Faith and prayer is coming soon (Feb 6-10). So far, it has been the main instrument to share about Jesus with so many children LJH has been involved with for the past 7 years. It’s a place where they can experience the love and presence of God. If you feel like sending a child to this Camp, the cost (all inclusive) is close to $40 plus $10 for transportation. It can be given to LJH (making sure is for the Peru Mission) and you can get a tax recipe. All of the children I take to the Camp are poor and/or from dysfunctional families where they are abused. Being for few days in a place where they can play, laugh, share activities, sing, have a good bed, food and hear about Jesus can be a life changing experience for many of them.

This last Sunday I took few toys to ‘Las Columnas’ (the project down town Lima), but I did not have enough presents for all of them (they are close to 60 kids) so I had some draws with the few things I took. There was a cute teddy beard (I bought for a $1 at the New Edinburgh garage sale), many of the girls, especially those between 10 -12 years old group wanted this toy. A young woman (16 years old) that does not even live at las Columnas participated in the draw and guess what, she got the right number for the teddy beard. I was a bit disappointed as I thought she was too old to appreciate it but God is never wrong. A couple of years ago, some of the girls shared with me about the condition of a girl living also down town, that had been physically abused by her own father since she was 9 years old (he’s been in jail for the last 3 years). I was praying to meet her this time. Well this was the girl that got the teddy. God is always perfect. Although she looks quiet normal she is very broken inside. She might be one that will come to the Camp. Each child is special and I get to know them better year after year.

There are many stories as each child is unique but I better say good bye now.
The last three photos are: some members ‘of my family and a couple of Peruvian dishes: ‘cebiche’ and something nicer than potatoes called ‘yucas’. They were prepared by my brother in law who has recently discover that he loves to cook.
Hasta pronto,’
Maria

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