We had another awesome day in Santiago, Chile!
John Hendee, a missionary here from Mesa AZ shared his dream for Peru coming up in the next few years. He will be starting an outreach to the poverty stricken areas surrounding Lima , Peru and hopes to have a Hope 4 Kids team there in the summer of 2006.
Then we heard from a pastor´s wife on the ¨house of hope¨which is a project that is starting here soon. There are a lot of children who live in homes of drug addicts and alcoholics. They roam the streets all day. Some very young children are in charge of younger children! Many are physically & sexually abused. House of hope will provide some protection or at least a safe place to go during the day. They will work on getting the kids into school. Will provide meals for them and the house will be a place for kids to hang out and hear about the love of Christ. There will also be supervision of homework. Eventually they hope to have a place where the kids can sleep too. Those who are in REALLY unsafe environments.
Half of our team worked on the work projects. Some laid tile, painted and did cement work. Others cleaned up bricks and painted basketball stands and put up new rims and hoops.
The rest of us went to a dump where some homeless people have taken up residence. It was extremely emotional as we stood with the people and realized all that we have and here were people who live in a dumping ground. They are grateful for what the wealthy people throw in the dump because that gives them blankets and things they need. We sang songs with them. Talked. A local lady shared the Good News that Jesus loves them right where they are and although they are poor now if they accept Christ they will forever live with Him in Glory and walk on streets of gold. We gave them bags of groceries and kissed them goodbye.
Tomorrow morning we leave for Chillan. Please continue to remember us in your prayers.