Ministry is a long-term game. Throughout one’s time in ministry, there will be good days, bad days, and unforgettable days. The visiting group from Colorado experienced one of these unforgettable days with Larry when they travelled up 14,000 feet in the Andes to work in some of the most beautiful, and poorest, villages in Peru. Up so high, it is very cold, but the children who live there do not own jackets. The children have the clothes on their backs, sandals made of tires on their feet, and little else. Many of the children suffer as parasites attack their bodies. The team brought the children fruit, candy, hygiene products, and gave them haircuts.
Larry asked the people what they want him to bring next time he comes with a group, and they answered they want the children’s feet to be cared for. These children walk miles every day in their tire shoes to attend school. When the next team comes, they will get to wash the children’s feet, clip their toenails, and bless them with socks and shoes.
As Easter draws near, it is important to remind ourselves of the sacrifices Jesus made and how he humbled himself to serve the poor. We are excited for our next team to do just this as they follow Jesus’ example of putting others above themselves as they wash the feet of the children. We hope that you will also take time this Easter to remind yourself of all that God has done for you and how he calls you to serve others. As you prayerfully reflect on this, please keep the Lost Children of Peru in mind, and, if you feel called, donate to help support our team as we follow God’s call for our lives in serving the poorest of the poor in Peru.