Kurt Unruh is the head of Valor Christian High School and led a team of students on a trip down to Peru earlier this summer. This was his first mission trip, and it has left a lasting impact on him. From spiritual confirmation to watching the students, including some of his own children, humbly serve to his thoughts on the work being done, Kurt has been deeply touched by the Peruvian people.
One of the most memorable parts of the trip for Kurt was when he met Jeremy, a man after God’s heart. Jeremy felt God calling him to continue his mother’s dream and ministry at an orphanage. Jeremy said that God has called each of us to something specific and it is our job to learn what that job is. While Jeremy was speaking, Kurt heard God speaking through Jeremy to him. Although the Peruvian people have a special place in Kurt’s heart, he felt God affirming that he is right where he should be at Valor. That confirmation was an incredibly special feeling.
Watching the students working impacted Kurt as well. Going into the trip, the team members had little in common and not much time to get to know one another, but during the trip their relationships blossomed. The team did not have their phones, and none of the students wanted them either; they were fully invested in the trip and in each moment. Kurt was impressed by the students. Furthermore, it was special for Kurt to watch as his son was impacted by the trip and grew in his love for service and the Peruvians.
After being encouraged and touched during the trip, Kurt was excited about the work being done in Peru. The poverty was huge, but so was the work being done by the Lost Children of Peru. He was impressed by how the people were totally sold out and committed, especially when at a site. For example, when going to the feeding center or an orphanage, they weren’t just there to show the team around but to jump in and do the work that needed to be done.
The uniqueness and culture of Peru and its people touched Kurt, just as it touched Larry and everyone else on the team. Peru is truly a special place where incredible work is being done every day through the grace of God.