Friday, July 31, 2015

Day Three

Greetings from Peru,

As a prelude to our breakfast, we enjoyed feeding our hearts and minds with the word of God during our morning devotion.

There is always special work for the willing hand of God.  Today was a "hands" on day of ministry.  The original plan was for everyone to paint as it was much needed here at the home.  However, this was not God's plan.  He used our hands to paint, but he also used our hands to minister to the staff and children in different ways.  They were treated to manicures which made them feel special, and God used us to encourage them through prayer and pampering.  One lady enjoyed it so much she closed her eyes and smiled.  What a treat to witness her joy! Several little girls wanted a different color on each finger and warmed my heart with their smiles and hugs.  The staff take such good care of us, so it was a way for us to give back to them in return.

We made major strides in our efforts today and formed strong bonds with the staff and children.  One of our team members used her hands and talent to bake bread for all.  It too was a ministry that was laid on her heart by God.  But God didn't stop there.  Other team members jumped in to help and the kitchen became alive with a team of willing hands and hearts.  

The day did not stop there.  We walked to "downtown" Cieneguilla and climbed a flight of steps that left us breathless.  At the top stood a cross, representing the symbols of Catholicism.  We proceeded to the market where vendors sell everything from fresh produce, clothing, housewares, and specialty food and items.  We enjoyed Peruvian chocolate, Sublime, and marveled at the exotic fruits that seemed to be on steroids.  Yes, they actually are that big!  Leaving the market some decided to take the taxi back to the Children's Home.  The taxi is actually a motorcycle with an extra axle in the back.  It was an adventure!  Others wanted to walk back, but along the way took a little side trip to tour the new park.  We even saw a hummingbird!  
After dinner, we were invited to participate in a scavenger hunt with the children. It was a fun filled event, teaching the children how much God loves them.  The children are so precious and hungry for love.  What a wonderful God we serve!

The day ended with another devotion and time of prayer.  Our time together as a team continues to draw us closer.  We can't wait to see what God has in store for us tomorrow!

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