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Summary of our activities over the past few months

Busy December Brings the Love of Jesus and the Joy of Christmas to Many

admin | 04/02/2010 09:53 | Views: 775

As is usually the case, our month of December was so busy that taking time to update our blog was a luxury. We apologize for that and hope that this brief rundown will bring you up to date.

As we mentioned in our newsletter, this year's goal was to distribute a minimum of 1,000 gift packages to needy children in our areas of influence. We are happy to report that by the grace of God this was accomplished. Many thanks to all of you who helped with your prayers, moral support, and donations.

Our first program at the end of November was in the poor district of Villa Maria del Triumfo, where we ministered to 40 children who had been specifically selected as being at risk by the Peruvian agency CAPNA. The first of our Christmas gift packages were distributed to the children at the end of the day. This program was part of an on-going outreach that we have with this agency. During this time we also continued to procure hygienic items, school supplies, and educational material that would make up the gift packages.

After that we visited a small village outside of Lima called Pachacamac. Nearly the entire village came to attend the activities which included meaningful skits and  a Christmas gospel message, as well as the gift distribution. In the town of Cieneguilla we were happy to minister to over 100 street boys and boys who had been on drugs at the center of CIMA. This was a very special time for us, as the boys treated us warmly and entertained us with their very talented music group. 

Other Christmas activities included visits to Ciudad de los Niños and Hogar de Niños Santa Maria, and a rare opportunity to meet 20 children from a remote village in the Andes who had come to Lima as part of a local Peruvian NGO initiative. These children were seeing their capital city for the very first time, and not only saw but were able to swim in the Pacific Ocean. Our presence and gifts added to this amazing experience for these needy children.

Time would fail us to report on all the other activities that we were involved in during December, but know that without your prayers and support, none of it would have been possible!


Donated items delivered to Pamplona Alta

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Anna & Lisa (behind), with some of the local residents

As part of our ongoing work with the poor folks in the Villa San Juan district of Pamplona Alta shanty town area of Lima, we delivered a Kenmore stove along with a microwave oven to be used in the community center building that was built by our volunteers in March/April of this year. In addition to these major appliances, distribution of clothing and bread was also made to the local residents. We were happy to have the opportunity to introduce a local Peruvian volunteer youth group (that had contacted us via this website) to this needy area, and they have expressed their desire to work along with us in bettering the lives of this poverty-stricken community.

We are looking forward to working together with this group, and are planning some special Christmas events with them. Thank you for your prayers for this and all our ongoing projects in these needy areas.

Inauguration of the new community center in Pamplona Alta was held on May 16th

admin | 26/05/2009 17:17 | Views: 929

Following the successful completion of the construction of the new community center (Asentamiento Humano) in Pamplona Alta, on the 16th of May we held a dedication ceremony to inaugurate the new building. Various activities for both adults and children took place. Paco and Johnny from Ama a tu Projimo led a Bible Study for the adults, while Chris joined the Healing Hearts team in the children's activities.

Distribution of donated items was made to children and adults alike, and everyone enjoyed lunch together. To end the event, Jeff made a short speech to commemorate the occasion, and presented the plaque that was fastened to the front fascad of the building.

We wish to once again thank all those who made this project possible. Your help and support were greatly appreciated, and everyone here is very thankful to you! (Don't forget to take a look at the Photo Gallery to see all the photos from the day!)


Pamplona Alta Project Successfully Completed!

admin | 21/04/2009 12:08 | Views: 1469

We are happy to report that the project to construct a new community center (Asentamiento Humano) in the Villa San Juan district of Pamplona Alta was completed successfully. We wish to thank the visiting team that came down from Michigan (U.S.) to help us with this humanitarian initiative. Ed, Judith, Marv, Anita, Elaine, and Erin lived with us at our center/residence for 2 weeks and worked side-by-side with us, donating both their time and financial resources in a desire to help our Healing Hearts charity improve the lives of the 60 families that are serviced by the small center. We couldn't have done it without your help! Much thanks also to our local Peruvian colleagues, who also helped in many different ways. It was a true teamwork effort, and every person was needed. Following is a summary of our accomplishments during the 2-week period: [More...]

Pamplona Alta Project Going Well

admin | 01/04/2009 07:10 | Views: 645

Thanks for your prayers for our construction project that is progressing very well in Pamplona Alta, the desperately poor shanty town not far from our center. Our six volunteers, Ed & Judith, Marv, Anita, Elaine, and Erin, who were coming to help us implement this project, arrived safely on the evening of March 20th on their flight from the States. We are building a new community center (Asentamiento Humano) for the 60 or so families in the area of San Juan. 

On the first day of their visit to Peru, we took the entire team out to visit the orphanage/home for abandoned children “Hogar Santa Teresita del Niño Jesús" in Chosica, a small town located 30 km outside Lima. While there, our team interacted with the children, distributed various needs that had been collected as well as gifts that had been brought by the team from the U.S., and assessed the needs of their broken down playground equipment. On a follow-up visit we hope to be able to fix and upgrade their playground. 

Before beginning work on our main building project in Pamplona Alta, we took Sunday the 22nd to tour Lima center’s historical center, including the church of St. Francis of Assisi and its underground catacombs. 

Our visitors from central Michigan will be flying out on April 3rd. We sincerely appreciate the manpower and expertise they have brought to help us here in Peru (not to mention the financial assistance), and hope that this experience will be a memorable one for them, as it surely has been for us!