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Peru Team - Day Four

Today was our fourth full day in Peru, and I can hardly believe it! Time is passing so quickly. Our team split into two groups today for home builds. One group built a house for the sponsored child of our very own Heather and Jonathan Yates! The other group was sent to a very poor family in the church. Their child, however, is actually first in his class! He wants to be a doctor or engineer one day, and compassion is making that a possibility for him. What an encouragement! These home builds were such a stark reminder that we are so so blessed in America, and yet we are hardly ever content. These families, although they had nothing, knew such contentment and joy.

After home builds, and a delicious lunch yet again, we simply spent time with the kids at the center. A few of us ventured out for a super professional game of futból. It was tons of fun to play soccer with these kids in a country where it is so popular. While they may have had the advantage, Trevor still managed to score a goal (on 8 year olds…). The true blessing was all the laughter.

The rest of the group stayed back at the center to play some organized games with the kids. One of the things our team has noticed over and over is that sponsoring a child truly matters. These kids look forward to each letter and save every single one of them. They ask about their sponsors and if we know them. They know you, and they love you. Do not underestimate the impact your love and letters are having here. Many of these children simply need to be loved and encouraged. They come from difficult homes and situations, but they need to believe they are worthy. They are children of God.

We have been so overwhelmed by the love that these kids have for us. It is such a joy to even just sit with them and laugh with them. Please continue to pray for us. Tomorrow we will have our farewell at the center, and Thursday will be our fun day with our sponsor children. The trip is wrapping up, but God still has more in store.



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