Peru, Day 3

Galatians 6:10 – So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.

Today started early.

We were supposed to start our day a little early, but Peruvian traffic had another idea.  Our bus was a little late.  But one of our local guides was early and started walking us to a local coffee shop which is evidently the best in Lima.  As a coffee guy, I must say…IT WAS!!!  They had a 2 group Nuovo Simonelli and their shirts read about a barista championship that was held in 2012.  I was so very happy.

Coffee roasting in PeruAWESOME barista!

After that, we boarded our bus and headed to a fairly dangerous part of town.  A woman had gone into the area to reach out to the kids of those who are addicted to drugs and alcohol.  After a little bit of time there, she realized that she was ministering to a lot of people and decided to start a church around it and serve the community.  I don’t know how many people attend the church, but they had over 100 chairs in the church.

The church we served

A rebar cross

Unfortunately, she worked with a contractor who had no integrity when she built the place.  Much of it started falling apart soon after building.  With no money left, she reached out to Camino de Vida for help.  They asked us to go there and simply paint the place as the professional contractors that were hired were doing the hard work.

Before we started painting, we took a walk through the rest of the building to see what it looked like.  The second floor was crazy!  It was being held up by WOODEN STICKS!

Holding up the building

Beautiful artwork masked by wooden sticks

Once we got the tour, then the work started.  It was tough, but it was nice.  The fact that we were literally renewing a church in Peru made our hearts smile.

Brother DaveGornie

Painting a wall

There were other tasks that needed done as well, such as fixing the community kids’ bikes.

Fixing a bike

At the end of the day, we realized that no one ever scraped off the old paint in the past paintings of the building.  Adam, our main guide, figured out that there were at least 7 other coats of paint.  It caused us problems and we had to scrape the past paint off.  Unfortunately, we weren’t able to finish the painting, but we did a very good job as a team.

The team really came together, had a good time, and made an impact in a tiny little Peruvian community.

It was a great day to paint

Colossians 3:23-24 – Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.

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  1. Steve Hackman on said:

    Thank you Fred for doing the work and having the heart for the people!!!

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