"Take a little bit, take a little of my heart baby". The lyrics to this song stayed in my head all day here in Peru, so let me just share with you why. We began the day at Villa La Paz. This is a medical clinic, that Dr. Lazarro started time limit here, so they can stay as long as needed. This morning was definitely a tear jerker, not quite sure you could prepare yourself for what we were about to embark upon. However, once you begin walking around you realize that this is a beautiful place. The kids are amazing. We played and loved on many that were there. One boy there was named Brandon and he had brittle bone disease (he has both legs casted to prevent bones from breaking). Brandon was AWESOME!! He would repeat anything we said, Spanish or English, so he was basically a parrot (ha). He throughly enjoyed playing with the big boys. We also came across 4 who had cleft palates. Some had already been repaired and some were going to be repaired soon. We also saw the happiest little boy who had downs and some other health issues, a little one with face paralysis, many burn victims and finally lots of little children who had club feet. After playing with them we handed over some bibs, candy, bubbles and clothes. Our team definitely felt blessed to be a part of it, but I know some of left pieces of our heart as we had to leave and say good bye.
Once we returned to Pat's Place, we went to the market. Chuck thought it would be a great idea to get a good feel of what being a true Peruvian is about. It was so cool to see all the way the live and buy and trade items. You could literally buy anything there from clothes, shoes, toys, animals, drinks, souvenirs, meat and so much other random items. I am not so sure I really enjoyed seeing all the meat out, it was ok until we saw the chicken legs and other body parts. That was definitely not a moment for the people with weak stomachs!! We even had a little laugh as we were walking to the Market and Andon had a nice "trip up" on the way there. This Market is for sure one I will never forget.
We ended the day by going to church at El Renuevo. What a sweet sweet church and you could just feel the sweet spirit amongst us. After worship we did the drama we had been working on. Which is about a young girl's heart being taken and abused from many people in a girl's life. So like the lyrics said overtime someone hurt her, she felt they took a little piece of her heart. The people of the church really loved this and you could tell it really spoke to them. Then Heather gave such an amazing message. She preached on John 13, when Jesus washed the feet of his disciples, it was a powerful message and she ended it by having our whole team wash the feet of the whole congregation. They were shocked by this, in fact at first, they thought we were figuratively speaking. When we did this act of serving, it was a special moment between all of us. The church service ended the day, by them giving us a gift. They gave us a little sheep, and referred to us being shepards. They said this could be a reminder for us to continue to pray for them. Can you believe that? They have so little, yet they make sure we are blessed. That is the beauty of this country and is a reflection of how awesome and amazing the people of Peru are.
Soul Wins Day Four: 5
Leaving littles pieces of our heart in Peru,
Amber aka #17 Peru mission team 2018