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    My Stolen Heart

    March 10, 2018 Jose Postma

    Hola from Jose!


    These past few days have been a complete whirlwind! I am fairly poor at words, so please bear with me as I try to express what I have been going through.

    Today we went to Mana. A ministry that works with the little children through afterschool programs, serving them meals and teaching them the word of God all the while providing them a safe environment in a fairly dangerous end of Truillo. On the way over I began to get anxious. “What if nobody wants to hang out with me?” “What if all the children go to other people?” Well, in what I experienced today, I learned that not only do the children come to you, but you need to go to them as well.

    Me, as a very introverted extrovert, I started off the day sticking close to my friends in the team longing for a child to “choose” me. It didn’t take long for my extroverted side to decide to “be adventurous” and say something besides “hola” to the kids. I sat beside a little boy on the sidewalk. We began to joke around and laugh at the way I couldn’t speak Spanish.

    We began to play some games and when we started splitting up the boys and girls, that is when Melanie, a seven-year-old young girl caught my attention. She was sitting alone not joining in on a game of tug-of-war so I went over to her. Melanie and I played together for the next couple of hours.

    In that time, she rode on my back, and we raced other children on the backs of Canadians. Melanie would often say something in Spanish and point in some direction telling me to go. Not knowing what she was saying all I could respond with was “donde,” (“where?”) to which she would laugh and point again and off we would run.

    If ever you want to speak to a Spanish child and make them laugh, all you have to know is, “como se dice…?” and point. They will laugh at you as you try to pronounce the name of what you are pointing at.

    The goodbyes that we shared with the children at Mana where very emotional for me! Thankfully I didn’t cry in front of Melanie (although I did cry on the bus back to the Compound). This beautiful Peruvian girl has stolen a piece of my heart! Although we shared very few words that we could both understand, she has shown me what love looks like. It’s not in the big gestures, but it is in the small things. A bright smile, a cheerful voice, a warm hug, and even in silent company. Melanie helped me to open up and not be afraid of making a fool out of myself for the sake of even one laugh or smile.

    I am so thankful for Melanie and Mana! If you have the resources, I would highly encourage sponsoring a child so that they are able to attend Mana. It is a phenomenal ministry that is doing a great work for the Kingdom!


    Gracias and buenos noches!


    On Wednesday, March 14, 2018, Manuela Kesseler said:

    Thanks for sharing, Jose! Please make sure someone lets all of us back home know how to help sponsor a child for MANA. Thanks :)


    On Tuesday, March 13, 2018, Steve Gaunt said:

    What a great experience, Josie! Thanks for sharing. Way to be bold for love's sake! I'm sure Melanie will NEVER forget that day, or you. May the love you showed to her console and comfort her and lead her to the Saviour always. John 13:34


    On Monday, March 12, 2018, Mary Wright said:

    Way to go, Josie! Thanks for sharing your honest introverted heart! Praying that you and the team will continue to learn to love big and to trust God in the days left in Peru.


    On Sunday, March 11, 2018, Linda said:

    Beautiful. Praying for you as show God's love to these precious children.


    On Sunday, March 11, 2018, Mary Stanley said:

    What a beautiful thing to catch a glimpse of what love looks like. Thank you for expressing your day so beautifully.


    On Sunday, March 11, 2018, Barbara said:

    Plus, you know if you were here telling me this story, with this blog title, that I would say, "THE GOWLDAN HEARRRRRT HAS BE STOHLEN!!" (Now you and April will need to explain that to your teammates.... You're welcome. :-) ) xox


    On Sunday, March 11, 2018, Amber Kernaghan said:

    Thank for sharing about your experience with Melanie! Its brings back memories of an experience I had with a girl named Anika. The pure joy and energy of the children are invigorating, and I pray that as you continue through this week you will be "strong and courageous....[as it is] the LORD who goes before you." And I know (from experience) that her face, her smile, and laughter will forever be in your heart so I encourage you to continuously pray for Melanie, and thank God for this special and heart changing experience!


    On Sunday, March 11, 2018, Chris said:

    Love hearing your stories Jo! Proud of you and the whole team. Say hi to April for me too!


    On Sunday, March 11, 2018, Karen MacDonald said:

    Thanks so much for your blog Jose! It is such a good reminder that the Lord uses all of us...the introvert, the extrovert and those in between in His most wonderful way of bringing blessing to others. We only need to be willing. Thanks for being so open to be used by Him. Continuing to pray for you and the rest of the team. May His fragrance that you each uniquely bear continue to bless and encourage long after you leave.


    On Sunday, March 11, 2018, Nicole St.John said:

    Thanks for sharing your heart with us! What a beautiful story as we all just want to be loved and noticed and made much of. I am so happy and feel that you are hands extended from us here in Canada as you bless those children with your love! I will pray God shows you as you see how precious these kids are you would see how precious you are. Loving you Beautiful girl!


    On Sunday, March 11, 2018, Alysa Portillo said:

    I love how you stepped out of your comfort zone and made an effort to play with the kids. That's awesome! It's wonderful to see all the photos and I'm so glad everyone is enjoying themselves. My prayer for the whole team is that you would be able to experience God on a really personal level, that you would let God speak to you, and just submit yourself to God, let him work in you and through you. Don't be afraid to be vulnerable, cause that's when God works so amazingly. It is such a great opportunity to go down to Peru and be servants which God calls us to be. I am so excited at what is going to be done in Peru this year. I pray that this trip changes each and every one of you.  


    On Sunday, March 11, 2018, Kevin said:

    Hey team, Loving the pictures and the blogs. Keep 'em coming! Loving seeing you guys over come the language barrier through laughing and games. I'm sure you're all tired from the travel, trying to speak Spanish and the busy schedule. Enjoy your Sabbath and your time in Huanchacho. There is certainly beauty in the Peruvian corner of creation and in their people and culture. You were all missed this morning at church. Jude wore a mission peru shirt and re-encouraged us all to message and pray for you. You are in WLA's thoughts and prayers. We miss you guys but we know you'll be back to us shortly. Until that time, continue to be poured out (Phil 2:17), being Christ's hands and feet. Nik, did I see a photo of you and Jamile? She has grown so much! Much love, Kev


    On Sunday, March 11, 2018, Barbara said:

    Jo, you know that I'm looking at all these pictures and cooing, "Que divino!" and hoping that that is the right thing to say! ;-) I love you, JoJo! So proud of you and the whole team. Praying for each of you today as you continue to love your God above all else and your neighbour as yourself. Happy Sunday!



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About Trujillo, Peru

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.

Trujillo, Peru

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