Jul6SatJuly 6, 2019
Written by: Michelle Pham
My name is Michelle and I’m from Risen Church in Hamilton. Here are some of my highlights during this trip and how I’ve seen God work in everyone.
On the 2nd day in Peru, I went to Mana. Every Saturday they run a baking program for the kids. I had a fun time baking with the kids and seeing them lead their own worship. I was able to see God working in the teens because they were so passionate to take over, lead bible discussions, and tutor other kids despite being at such a young age. In the afternoon we went to Elim, which is the ministry right beside the dump. My heart broke when I saw the living conditions of the people there. Kids were playing with literally anything they found and their clothes were all ripped. Compared to North American standards we’d consider that as sad and depressing. But to those kids at Elim they were still happy with what they had. As soon as we got off the bus the kids were running to us wanting to play. We all played games, gave piggyback rides, and chased each other around. I think God was working in us the most at Elim because we all stepped out of our comfort zones and had the courage to lead worship, arts and crafts, and skits all on our own. In that moment none of us cared that we were at the dumpster getting our clothes dirty. Everybody just wanted to have fun with the kids. This showed me that God still loves everyone no matter what.
At the beginning of the trip I felt a little bit anxious because I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to socialize with new people and go around to different ministries. Normally I’m very introverted and afraid to try new things. But during this trip I think God has really changed me to be more bold and go out of my comfort zone. For example, throughout the week I’ve been able to talk to people from other churches and have some meaningful conversations with them. I was also able to work on some construction and climb a mountain even though I have a fear of heights. If I told everybody back at home that I did all of this they’d be questioning if that really happened. It felt really great to know that I’ve to accomplish all of the things I thought I’d never be able to do.
Overall this trip to Peru has been life changing for me. I hope to continue to share the word of God to others even if it’s back at home and grow more as a Christian.
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.