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    Joy

    March 14, 2018 Adam Gaunt
    My Compassion Child

    Hola mis amigos!! I want to start by thanking you all for your amazing support, encouragement, and prayers for our team! We have had an amazing trip so far and there is still a few days left. Man time flies! This has been an amazing trip of new experiences, friendships, and seeing God work in amazing ways. I know a lot of people have already touched on this already but I am going to do it again anyway; joy. Everybody here is just full of it and it is incredibly inspirational! I think that for the first time in my life I am beginning to understand what true joy really looks like, the joy that comes from God. It has been so easy for me in my life to find my joy in so many other things, coming to God as a last resort. Throughout the duration of the trip from the time Rich and Lisa said it was in their contract for short term missions to “choose joy” till now, God has been working in my heart to help me to understand the joy that can only come from Him. Today that message was magnified again as I had the once in a lifetime opportunity to meet my compassion child, Jose. To say that it was amazing would be an understatement. To be honest I wasn’t entirely sure how the day was going to go or what it would look like, but God came through again and everything went smoothly. We started off by sitting down in a large, mostly vacant, food court to exchange gifts and to talk. I got to learn about Jose and what he likes to do, what grade he is in, his family, what he wants to do after high school, and so much more while also sharing the same things about myself to him and his mother. After that I had the opportunity to take him shopping and get him a few of his favourite shirts as well as a new pair of dress shoes for his school uniform. Although this may seem fairly insignificant, he was having a blast and was very thankful for these gifts. You have heard it said that “I was blessed more by them then they were by me”, well its true. To see the joy on his face and the gratitude that he had impacted me in a big way, and I was so glad that I was able to use just a small portion of all that God has given me to bless Jose in such a big way. After shopping we went to get lunch and talk some more. After filling up on fried chicken from Popeyes the highlight of the day came as we got to game so hard at an arcade in the mall. It was so much fun playing a variety of different games with him from shooting basketballs to shooting aliens. Then it came to the part of the day where we had to say goodbye, and it was harder then I had expected it to be after only spending one day with him. I now have a new motivation to keep in contact with him, pray for him daily and to be as joyful as he was. Overall it was an absolutely amazing experience that I will never forget. I would appreciate your prayers as the trip comes to an end, that God would just continue to work in my heart and allow me to continue to experience the joy that can only come from Him.

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    On Monday, April 2, 2018, Lois Gonyou said:

    Hi Adam: I know and admire your parents but have never had the opportunity to meet you, but realize after reading your blog that you have the same sweet spirit as they do. I especially appreciated your description of meeting with Jose, your Compassion child. Since I had the awesome privilege to visit Compassion centres in Peru about 10 years ago, I really heard your heart about the amazing joy the Peruvian Christians demonstrate.(Godliness with contentment is great joy.) Praying with you that God will continue to grow His fruit of joy in you, Adam."From the very first day, we were there,taking it all in- we heard it with our own ears, saw it with our own eyes - the Word of Life appeared right before our eyes, we saw it happen! ....and now we're telling you so you can experience it with us, this experience of communion with the Father and his Son, Jesus Christ. Our motive for writing is simply this: We want you to enjoy this,too. Your JOY will double our joy! I John 1:1-4 The Message. Keep on sharing the joy! Blessings - Lois Gonyou

     

    On Thursday, March 15, 2018, Christine said:

    So beautiful!! :D God is amazing!! Can't wait to hear more stories!! :) Continuing to pray for you and the team

    On Thursday, March 15, 2018, Mom and Dad said:

    Adam - the joy you speak of was multiplied many fold here this morning as we took turns reading your blog. I smiled and my heart felt like it grew inside me (think "Grinch"); mom read it from Grandma's and texted me, "Saw the pics...made me cry...so so good!! Just read the blog and bawled. Just wonderful!!" God is touching hearts all over the world through your experiences and I have no doubt He will continue to do so in all your lives from now on. "Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!" Phil. 4:4. Paul thought joy was worth mentioning more than once, so you're in good company. Love you!! Mom and Dad

     

    On Thursday, March 15, 2018, Mary Stanley said:

    Thanks for sharing Adam. From a mom's perspective I can only imagine the joy that was filling Jose's moms heart as she witnessed your love for her child. A once in a lifetime for all of you I am sure.

     

    On Thursday, March 15, 2018, Jude St. John said:

    Adam,

    thanks for conveying what God is doing to those of us back at home. It is a challenge to all of us as hear of your challenges and the wonderful way in which God is walking you through them. In fact, the joy that you guys are communicating is contagious!

    "Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with GREAT JOY, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen."

    Jude

     

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Trujillo is a city in coastal northwestern Peru and the capital of La Libertad Region. It is located on the banks of the Moche River, near its mouth at the Pacific Ocean, in the Valley of Moche.

This was a site of the great prehistoric Moche and Chimu cultures before the Inca conquest. expansion. It is the centre of the second most populous metropolitan area of Peru and most populous city of the North macroregion of the country.

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