We are now less than 6 weeks from our departure to travel to Lima, Peru! I am so grateful for this opportunity that was just a dream 6 months ago. God has opened doors and just this past weekend I received word that even more donations have come in to make this trip possible! Our t-shirt fundraiser is going well and we're looking for just 3 more orders to complete this campaign!
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The story I am sharing this week is from a sweet, SWEET girl that was a student in the Bible Institute while we lived in Peru. She was one of the students that earned a scholarship by working afternoons in our home, helping me take care of our girls and doing some housework. Her heart for service is unbelievable and the sweetness of her spirit is so genuine. Michelle has blessed me personally for many years and I'm so thankful I get to see her again soon!
Without taking more of her space, here is Michelle to tell you her version of the devastating flood this past March 15th.
The day of the flood, we were all sleeping or trying to rest, knowing that at any moment someone could come running with the message, “The water is coming!”. Around 10:30 that night, everything began. The men ran out first and began piling sandbags in strategic locations to divert the water for as long as possible. We women and children worked together to get furniture, kitchen appliances, washers, and whatever ministry materials we could off the ground. In just the blink of an eye the water rushed into the camp and we couldn’t do anything else to avoid the disaster. We lasted this way until about midnight when the tiny brick wall that was holding back the strength of the river gave way and the water surged into our homes. The water was so strong that it nearly swept away the cars that had been left in the parking area. With the flash flood, our director Jonatan decided that we needed to evacuate quickly through none of us had ever imagined that we would have to make that choice! I realized at that moment that we needed to get the kids and pregnant women out first and then the rest of us could follow. Thank God that a neighbor brought over his construction tractor and helped us get the kids and women out.
For me personally, the point that I felt my strength break and the tears began to come was when the tractor pulled me out with some of the other women, we were taken to a safe place, and I realized that my husband wasn’t there yet. I instantly began to look for him and ask the others if anyone had seen him. They kept telling me, “Don’t worry! He’s here… he’s inside… he’s in the town.” I couldn’t find him still and was beginning to panic, but then I saw him and was so relieved and thankful that he was ok!
After that night, we returned to the camp 2 days later to begin shoveling out the mud once the water had receded a bit. It was devastating to see everything… the dining hall, the gardens, the houses, bedrooms, storage areas, everything full of deep, thick mud. Everything that had been part of our lives and ministry was ruined and wouldn’t be able to be used again. We were so grateful for so many of our fellow believers and other churches around Lima that helped us with basic supplies and necessities those days.
Two weeks later, many of us returned to the property to live once again and continue the cleanup. Some of the families weren’t able to return to their homes and are living in other areas of the camp until repairs can be made or new houses can be constructed. Now we are waiting for the construction of these new homes to begin so these families can have space to live with their children again.
Even with everything that has happened, with all that we went through, I am so thankful for God’s way of taking the worst of situations and blessing us through them!