Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Peruvian Presidential Election

In just a few weeks Peruvians will be heading to the polls to vote for their next President. We would encourage you to be praying with us that the Lord would bring about the best person for the job. There is great concern among many Peruvians about one of the candidates who is known to have some extremist views, yet he is in a tie for first at the moment according to new reports. We trust that God is in control and he will be with us and care for us no matter who becomes President.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Change of Season ...

A number of families from the Oasis have children who are sick right now. It is very common during the time that the seasons begin to change. Please be praying that everyone with be better soon. This week two of our moms from MHM (Moms Helping Moms) have been at home with their children who have been ill.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Love in Action

Over the past few days we have had the privilege of spending time with our new friends Tracy and Ben Corey who are here in Peru to complete the adoption of their two daughters. Tracy and Ben chose to adopt older children and with this comes it's own set of challenges. Their daughters are ages 8 and 11. It is a scary thing to be taken from the only life you have known and be given to strangers. Even if you bond well and want to be with and be loved by your new family it can still be scary. There are a lot of new experiences ahead for these girls, a life in a new country, new language, new family members, different education system and the list goes on. It is obvious that Tracy and Ben's girls enjoy being with them, we have seen these girls making strides in bonding and accepting the love and affection of their new parents. At the same time we can see that is is hard for these sweet girls to trust someone. They were abandoned when they were very young and learned that trusting someone else only leads to dissappointment and heart break.

Today, I am asking you to pray with me for this family, for these precious girls. Pray especially for their older daughter who is afraid of being abandoned again and is afraid to trust someone new.

Playing tag is tons of fun!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Getting to Know Them

We have been back in Peru for a little over two weeks now and I have had the opportunity to meet and spend time with the ten new moms in our ministry. I have enjoyed getting to know each of them, learn about their families and get a glimpse into their hearts.

For those of you who are part of our support team I wanted to share with you a few prayer request and things about each mom, so you too can be praying for them and share a part in this ministry. To protect their privacy I have given each mom a pseudonym that will be theirs for the year.  

Please be praying for
  • health of her husband Roger
  • that they will get running water and sewage drains
  • her Spiritual life
  • Her children Jade and Marcos
  • her husband
  • a place to live
  • her children Yilmar and Diego
  • provision for her necessities
  • her son Miguel Angel
  • her husband Jesus
  • her mother who lives in Ayacucho
  • her daughter Regina - her life and a job for her
  • the health of the whole family
  • her 7 children
  • health of her daughter Celinda
  • work for her husband
  • Spiritual lives of her and her husband
  • health of her sone Nataniel
  • the necessities for her home
  • health of her children Milagros and Zulika
  • purchase of land for a home
  • her children Maria Fernanda, Paolo and Camila
  • her property
  • the health of her husband Emiliano and her children
  • her home
  • the health of each mom in the program
  • God's provision for her family. Her husband broke his arm before Christmas and needed seven screws put in to help set the bones. They have an overwhelming debt from his medical care and he is still not able to return to work.
  • shoes, uniforms and school supplies for her three children
Carmen (my co-worker)
  • God's strength and provision
  • school supplies for her daughters
Please pray for Carmen and I as we minister to these precious women whom God has brought into our care, that we will be wise, kind and an example of God's love.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Neighbourhood Destroyed by Fire

This morning Tyler and I went with our friend to find her sister after learning that all of the homes in her neighbourhood had been burnt down through the night by a group of neighbours. I was not prepared for what we would see. It was awful to see the destruction and hear the families crying over that loss of their homes.                                          Our friend Mike has a bus from one of his church plants near the area that wast burnt down. Mike came and took some quilts that we brought back with us to give to some of the families. Our girls without being asked went into their closets and took out some of their clothes that they wanted to donate to the families. This week I think that Tyler and Mike with make some visits to help and encourage these people who have lost everything.

One house with burnt out matresses

Remains of homes
Please be in prayer for these families as they have been left homeless and with nothing to call their own. Pray that they will be wise and not seek revenge and that they will experience God's love through the ministry of Mike and Tyler.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Tsunami Warning.... We are Safe!

For any of you checking in because you have heard about the tsunami warning for Peru. We want to let you know that we are safe. We live quite a long way from the coast and should not have any reason to worry.  Please pray for those however who live along the coast and have nowhere to go, that the Lord will watch over them and keep them safe.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Reading and New Friends

As we prepare for our hopeful adoption in the next year, I have begun reading some suggested books about adoption. Including Parenting Your Internationally Adopted Child  by Patricia Cogen. it has been very interesting and I am only on the thrid or forth chapter. So far the book has touched on the feelings of loss that an orphaned child experiences and the effect that this has on their brain develpoment.  It also addresses the need for parents to be pro-active rather than reactive to their child's needs and to realize that sometimes the actions and emotions they display are not what they really want to express. A parent needs to think of things from his/her child's perspective and the difficulty an adopted child may have trusting that they will be loved and cared for forever and will not be handed over to yet another person.

Another thing that we were advised to do was to find other adoptive parents with whom we can learn and understand more about adoption, the process and parenting adopted children. This has been a  lot of fun for me and I have made several wonderful new friends that I feel blessed to know.

One of my new friends is here in Peru this month with her husband to bring home their daughters. It has been to wonderful to read about their time together, getting to know one another and  looking at pictures that are priceless. if you are interested in reading about my friend Tracy's adoption journey please check out her blog Corey Times.  Sometime while Tracy and her husband Ben are here with their girls we hope to get together in person. I am looking forward to that day.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Winter Horseback Riding

Hannah with Pilar
During our time in Canada, we allowed the girls to each pick one activity that they wanted to do for a month or so. Who would have guessed that all three of our girls would choose horse back riding. I always thought that was just Hannah's thing, but aparently I am wrong.

For 5 weeks the girls learned how to groom their horses and get them ready to ride. They have an hour and a half lessson each week. It was cold and full of all the wonderful smells that come along with a barn, but the girls didn't care, they were happy.

Myah with Buttercup the little nibbler

Sarah with Ben

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Starting to Feel a Little More Personal

"Mom, we want to be in the picture!"

After living in Peru for nearly 4 years, we have finally hung some pictures on the wall. Renting a place to live is not the same as owning your own home and we have not felt the freedom to add our own personal touch to our living space. That has all changed now. Before we went on furlough in December we spoke to our land lady about the need we saw for making our girls feel like they are in their own home. We were so thankful that she gave us permission to hang pictures and drill holes in the walls to put up some shelving.

What a difference a few pictures can make. There is a totally different feeling when we walk into our house and see familiar pictures and belongings on the walls. It has given us a new level of comfort in our surroundings.

Family Portraits

Belts and table runners from Guatemala  and Peru

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Do You Know What I Love About God's Word?

I absolutely love that God's Word is living and active.

Yesterday I was reflecting on how God's thoughts and ways are higher than mine. There were a number of things from my life that prompted me to meditate on this. It is funny how I always think that I can come up with the greatest plans and ideas. But, what generally tends to happen is I try to manipulate things to get my own way and cause more trouble and frustration. Now, if I would be wise and surrender my will to God's will before I make a mess of things, I think things could be a bit easier. I am not saying that there wouldn't be trials and opportunity to grow, but it would maybe be less chaotic. I am sure that somedays God is sitting there thinking "Okay Brenda, you try things your way, and when you've exhausted yourself and are ready to do things my way, I'll be here."

So, today when I signed into my blog and saw that the very words I was reflecting on yesterday were the Bible Verse of the day, I was humbled. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaih 55:8-9 NIV

I am so thankful that God uses His word to speak to His children in love, to encourage and discipline.