This is the day when Peru celebrates their independence. I arrived in Peru when I was 10 years old and spent my formative pre-teen and teen years there. Peru has captured my heart.
I spent the afternoon doing some collages to commemorate this day. My heart is set on the children. I’ve spent my life preparing teaching materials to reach them with the Gospel and I want to spend the latter part of my life doing the same.
These beautiful children represent the friends I grew up with and the children God has put on my heart. Most of these children are from a feeding program that my parents instituted. One of these days I need to write a story about that program, which is still working.
The little girl on the right is my assistant Cristina’s niece, who just had a birthday. Her mother and her aunts were planning a big party for her. I guess I’ll hear all about after the holidays. Today and tomorrow are holidays in Peru. The little girl on the left is from the high altitudes by Lake Titicaca. Her cheeks are burned by the sun and the cold.
Peru is a country with many natural riches. Peru’s coat of arms (above the little girl) represents the riches in the animal kingdom, the plant kingdom, and the mineral kingdom.
The colors of the flag, red and white, represent the blood (red) that was spilled fighting for independence and the desire for peace (white).
I like to compare the flag with what Jesus did for us. He shed his blood on the Cross so we could have forgiveness of sins and God’s peace in our heart.
I have a long list of names of people to pray for in Peru. One goes back to the time I went to elementary school, my friend Susana. Others are the people I’ve worked with years back. Some are my former Bible Institute students, others are from my Sunday School. Some are not in Peru anymore. Friends from way back are in Sweden, in Germany, in the USA, in Canada, in Holland, in France, in Spain, in Nicaragua… Isn’t it interesting how life can take us to different places?
Today I have united all my friends in prayer. We might not see each other anytime more on earth, but because of Jesus and his sacrifice in the Cross, we have the hope of spending eternity together in God’s wonderful heaven.