My encounter so far here in Peru has been inspiring. First arriving in Peru can only be described as enchanting. The sweet sound of silence and the city lights was as if heaven was on earth. Meeting Jim and Lisa Brown and hearing about their work in Peru and how they were able to bring the Spirit of Christ into Trujillo and inspire others to give their hearts to Christ has been empowering me to meditate on the idea of doing mission work in countries where they do not have a relationship with Jesus. Meeting the children in the compound was amazing yet, heartbreaking at the same time. Seeing them smile through troubled situations has really shown me how the Lord is a good Father. The first day of our mission work consisted of us clearing the garbage hill and using that to make a barrier for the wall to make them stronger. The work was difficult and most people would find it undesirable, including myself. Yet, as we continued to dig and dig, I started to find myself enjoying the hard work. I was tired, but happy at the same time. I couldn’t help but think that this was God’s way of showing a sense of humour. The most enjoyable moment that I experienced on this mission so far was meeting the children and teenagers at MANA. We played games with them, laughed with one another and enjoyed each others company. Seeing the smiles on their faces made me want to smile. It was as if an epidemic had spread from one person to another because before I knew it, we were all smiling and laughing. This was one moment out of many that I treasured the most. But, with all great journey’s there are downturns. My downturn moment was when we went to the garbage dump to meet with other children. Seeing the wasteland was dreadful, buy the most impacting moment was watching the kids play in the wasteland with happy faces. That moment broke my heart. Yet, after meeting the kids and seeing their environment, I knew that God had a plan for them; and this plan will bring them to Him on day. I am truly blessed and I pray that the rest of my journey will bring me valuable lessons and treasurable moments that will last me a lifetime.
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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