As part of Anderson's ministry he teaches one morning a week in the youth detention centre. The class usually takes place on a Wednesday morning but the Major phoned him late on Monday evening and asked him to come yesterday instead. The Major has found that Anderson's visits are so beneficial that he now insists that the staff also sit in on the classes. Yesterday Anderson got permission for me to talk to those there about Jesus and then to answer any questions they had on faith. It was remarkable the depth of questions - all to do with faith. Questions like 'do you need to go to church to be Christian?, Should we pray for those who have died?'
We finally started painting at San Pedro just before noon. Then in the afternoon Ruth, Emma, Rachel and myself went visiting with Anderson. We called in at 3 homes. Each home is an eye opener in it's own way, and each one with it's own sad stories. Let me tell you about the last home we visited. It was the home of a lady called Saloo. She has 4 children and has lived in Lima for 2 years. She came into contact with the Church through Susanna who I mentioned yesterday. The reason she came to the city was to escape from her abusive husband who tried to kill her. Her home was smaller than the committee room in the Parish Hall, and there was just one room. In one half of the room was a double bed which had just been given to her and a cot for her infant child. Before this she said that she just slept on cardboard on the floor. In the other half of the house was a 'kitchen' - a little two ring gas cooker and few pots and pans. Below her cooker was about a dozen loose potatoes and a carrot. Thankfully she had been at the church helping us to paint and we had shared with her some of our lunch. There was no toilet, no indoor sink, no running water in the small shack and it was made of recycled timber. Saloo only has a tattered copy of the New Testament, so I have promised to give her a bible today.
Sights like this really make us feel thankful for what we do have at home. I know that her story, and others like it which we have heard, are the same as some at home in Strabane, but somehow the surroundings make them seem all the more worse.
Today we are going back to the church to do some more painting, Emma and Joanne are painting a Mural on the wall inside the Sunday School area, and the rest of us will be doing some work on the outside.
Please continue to pray for us:
- All the travelling that we will do because it is like the wacky races here
- For Susanna and her family. Especially thanking God for the witness she is to others in bringing them to the Church
- Pray for Saloo and for the situation that she finds herself in. Today I have promised to give her a bible, so please pray that she will find strength in the risen Jesus.
- Pray for those who we spoke to at the detention Centre that the message I brought will take root in their hearts.
- For Carlitos that he will stay close to the Lord and grow up to be a mighty warrior for Jesus
- For our health that none of us will get sick from the change in food or water
- For our safety in both work and free time
- For our spiritual protection
- For Anderson, Isabel and the congregations we will be working amongst
- For our families and friends back home who are supporting us
- For opportunities to share the Gospel and that people will come to a living faith in the Lord Jesus Christ
- That we will remember enough of the Spanish that we have been learning - we need the gift of tongues.
- Most importantly that the name of Jesus will be glorified in all that we do and say