At one of the orphanages, Larry had a chance to listen to a story of a 17 year-old who just arrived. At age 4 he was living in Peru but was kidnapped by a drug cartel. After driving for days, they arrived in the jungles of a country in South America. Having no idea where he was, or who these people were, he was told he could either work or die. He was enslaved for 12 years to the drug cartel, being forced to pick coca. He daringly decided to attempt and escape. He fled to the jungles and made his way through a few South American countries, eventually arriving in Peru. Once in Peru, the police took him to the orphanage Larry’s team has helped build.
This young man has been through things that many of us could not even begin to imagine. However, his story has the possibility to reach many and make a difference, and it was a complete work of God that he ended up at one of the orphanages that the team works with. The team hopes to display the love, mercy, and healing that is found in God to this young man as he begins his new life.
Out in a poor district near Lima, the team was working hard to build a new home for a family in need. Often times the houses the people live in have dirt floors and holes in the structure, so when it rains their floor turns to mud. Being able to provide basic shelter is important to Larry and his team. This family, like so many of the others, were so grateful for the home. As they were working on the house, the mother came and expressed this gratitude to Larry, but she also told him how she would have preferred if they could provide food for her and her two boys. The three of them were starving to death. Even though the team was just their to help build home, they couldn't stand idly by while this family starved. They helped provide some food for the family as well as the house. It was an amazing moment to provide them with a home as well as food to hopefully help better their lives.
In Lima there is a very poor home where people go to die. Mostly people from the high lands and the jungles who have cancer will go there. They are seeking the little help they can receive from the public hospital. A few months ago, Larry met one of the men living there. They would have wonderful conversations about the man's life and family. Tuesday when Larry went in again, this man had taken a turn for the worse. As Larry sat with him holding his hand and praying, Larry knew he wouldn't make it through the rest of the day. Moments like these are hard, yet amazing as this man was able to hear again how loved He is by God right before he was about to pass.
Welcome to the Lost Children of Peru blog! We will keep new stories, highlights, and personal experiences posted on here so that you can be apart of the organization and the work it is doing. Larry and his team work to help as many people as possible, as called by the Holy Spirit. We want you to be as involved as possible, wherever you are. One way to do this is through prayer. Prayers are so important for the team so that they can discern what the Spirit is calling them to. Prayer is also important for the people they are serving. Another great way to help is by following the blog and sharing it with others. Spreading the word about the organization and what it does is one of the greatest ways to help. Encourage others to follow the blog, pray for the people, the organization, and, if they are called to, help in a greater way. And, of course, always much needed is donations. The work that is done would not be possible without all of your generosity so we thank you and we pray that God can use your experience and interaction with the Lost Children of Peru to not only help others, but also to bless you.