Today is the birthday of Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden. If you want to read about her, just Google her name, but this story from Peru, the country that has captured my heart, won’t come up on Google.
This is the story of a young boy, a pastor’s kid in a low-income area of Peru—a boy with a dream.
He is now a pastor himself, with the same excitement he had as a kid to get the La Perlita take-home paper I published. I now publish my stories on-line to download and print, and he prints them every week for more than 100 children. We had a chat on-line when he told me this and also his dream of having a Honda bike.
Want to check this out? Visit Carlos Espejo in Yurinaki, Perene, Chanchayo. I thought I would mention it. Just in case you go to Peru and visit the jungle.
One of the illustrated stories was about a boy that hid in the ground his sister’s rag doll because she had messed with his boat. It was discovered when the doll started to “grow”! Her filling was made of dry corn!
When he was telling this story one of the boys started to cry. His sister had broken his ball so he had burnt her doll. Now he was convicted and wanted to go home and ask her for forgiveness. Carlos told him to wait until after Sunday school, and then he himself drove the boy home in his “dream” bike. And here is the story of the bike.
When he was a kid his Sunday school teacher asked the children what they had asked God to give them for Christmas. The kids all said they wanted dolls, or cars, or balls. He said he had asked God for a MOTO HONDA (a Honda motorbike).
The kids laughed at him and said he was crazy because his dad was poor. How could he buy him a motorcycle? But Carlos wasn’t asking his “poor” earthly father, he was asking the Father of the universe for a bike.
He did not waver. He always prayed for God to give him a motorcycle. When he started working, they gave him a “Moto Honda” to run the errands. But it wasn’t his! He kept praying for a bike of his own.
When he started working as a pastor he saved, sol by sol for his bike. Sol is the currency in Peru. But there always were other needs, like a camp for the youth, a wedding, or something else he needed to support, so there went his savings for the bike.
“Ha, ha. Ha. Ha. Ha!” said Carlos in his “chat”!
But after several years God’s plans was to give him a motorcycle, exactly as his heart’s desire, and the color of his dreams! I know how that works! God has a sense of humor. When he gave us a Toyota truck that we needed for the ministry, it was red, just like Carlos’ bike. We got ours on Christmas. You can read the story here: link
Carlos’ dad always reminded him of Matthew 6:33, to seek first the Kingdom of God and then the other things would be added unto us.
Here is a link to see the pictures of some of the kids hiking in the jungle, the bike also there.
Here is one of the photos, with the bike.
This young man is following in his father’s footsteps, taking the Gospel to a remote area in Peru. And I have the privilege to be there with him, sharing God’s Word from my laptop. You can be a part by praying for Carlos and other faithful servants. God has many, but he needs more obedient and loyal servants.