It looks like the team in Peru is having so much fun! Robert and I aren’t with them this year. I’m just posting the blog which is written by team member Carmen Kamrath and the pictures taken by Elizabeth Flynn. We wish we were there but are living it from afar along with all of you watching the website. Let’s keep this team in our prayers as they make a difference in the lives of these beautiful people living in the Trujillo barrios. Rachel Eggum Cinader
Here’s from Carmen:
It’s Monday–we started the day out with a great breakfast and some family time. Team members shared some of their experiences from Sunday and each person was visibly moved by the people and the need here in Trujillo. Tom reminded everyone that the majority of the world is living in difficult conditions and how blessed we are. What a privilege it is to be able travel with Hope 4 Kids to be a light to this community. Many team members have already pitched in financially to build two homes for two sponsored families. A two-room home here costs $500, a four-room is $1,000.
We had another great VBS in the barrio today. We set up in a barrio that H4K and Project New Hope has been involved in for about 4 months. It was great to see how excited the people in the barrio are about the ministry being done and they’re asking about how to get involved. Many of the moms are involved in Bible study and they’re learning about what it means to serve in their community. It’s neat to see so many moms helping serve food, tell stories, and teach music to the kids. We had a lot of small kids today and it was great to see the moms participate with their toddlers doing crafts, games, and the Bible story. The bigger kids had a lot of energy and once again loved all of the hugs and photos with the team.
The construction team had a very busy day, building three homes and one bathroom. Two of the homes constructed were those of kids involved in the program. Many homes don’t have bathrooms and the team moved quickly digging a deep hole for a family. This family has been very involved with Project New Hope. The mother in the home and her sister were up at 4am today making food for VBS! And the father in the family is working with Project New Hope in the business of breeding snails. Getting a bathroom today for this family was a highlight!
When we got back to the hotel we were able to relax a bit before enjoying another delicious meal. Some of the crazy teenage boys went swimming (it’s cold!) and others just relaxed and spent time talking and sharing stories.