Sometimes it's easy to overlook God's presence when he shows up in the "little ways". When we think of God's presence we think of the time we gave our life to Christ, the time we won the big game, or the times God pulled us through a really hard time. When it comes to our repetitive day to day life, His presence can easily go unnoticed.
This week we had a chance to talk to our friend pictured above. When asked about his relationship with Jesus, he thought first of his love to dance. He comes to Casa de Luz and finds joy in the ability to dance in God's glory. He looks forward to the time he can take away from the hardship he faces in his difficult home life and dance for our God. How wonderful!
I think we could all take moment to learn from this sweet, young friend. He comes from a life filled with adversity we couldn't imagine, yet he still finds joy. He finds joy in simple, day-to-day life. He may not have much, but he has the ability to dance, and he gives that to God.
Although many of us may be older and may find it odd to bust a move for Jesus, I challenge you to be like our friend at Casa de Luz. Take some time out of your busy, repetitive work day to dance in the joy that Jesus has given us new life. This new life is something we all should dance for joy about!
Welcome all visitors, regular supporters, and anyone who is curious about the Lost Children of Peru! As you may notice scrolling through this page, there has been a bit of a pause since the last blog post. Well, more than a bit of a pause, it has been almost a whole year. This was not because of apathy or negligence, but because we have been SO focused on the incredible improvements of the Lost Children of Peru. Some of these improvements you can find on any of our "about" pages, but others include this updated website and the Donate Your Change campaign.
I wish there was room to tell the many life-giving stories that have happened through our community this past year, but there simply isn't room for an entire novel. For a glimpse of what has been going on since the last post, here's a particularly moving story.
A few weeks ago, we had a group of students from Valor High School come to serve. They had the opportunity to be involved in the villages by building a new house, serving meals, playing with the children, and even washing the feet of our beloved brothers and sisters or Peru. Watching these teenagers wash the children’s feet, and provide them with a fresh pair of shoes, was truly watching God’s hands and feet at work.
They also had the opportunity to learn of radical love from the amazing woman who created the orphanage where they served. Not too long ago she started giving food to orphans in the area. She began to notice them sleeping on her porch every night. Faithfully trusting in the Lord, she took them in and created the orphanage.
It was such an eye-opening story for many of these High School students. We are incredibly grateful for the work they did in Peru, but we know that the people of Peru were not the only ones who had their lives changed that week. The Valor High School students left learning of the radical love God calls us to through the orphanage owner. They left having felt God’s presence and His joy even among the least of these.
Stay tuned for more stories, I plan on posting a weekly story to share of the people God calls us to serve!