Over 45 children enjoyed hot chocolate, Christmas cake and goodies at the Happy Hearts celebrations yesterday. Today Miriam and Dinger are taking them to a show put on by the church and then this evening they will be opening up their home to some people from the neighbourhood who would otherwise have Christmas alone. As we look forward to a time of celebration with our loved ones here, we are grateful for God’s faithfulness throughout another year and rejoice with them at the wonder of the best gift that was ever given….
Miriam had a great time with our ladies in prison and came away encouraged. That part of the Christmas celebrations is over. Now it’s the children’s turn with their party this afternoon (see previous post). Then they will have time for their own family celebrations, this year of course minus the girls, as they celebrate in the States, where they are currently working. Wherever you are in the world, we wish you a very happy Christmas season and thank you for your support throughout 2012.
Children who attend the Happy Hearts club are in for a treat on Saturday….it is tradition in Peru to serve hot chocolate and Christmas cake during the festive season. This may seem strange when you consider the temperature in Lima this week has been 28 degrees! Nevertheless that is what they do and in the past we have heard stories of there being enough, even though in the physical it seemed impossible counting the number of people present and looking at the pot! I have posted an article about Peruvian hot chocolate on my Facebook page, so do look on my profile to learn more about what it contains….
There are children in the prison until the age of 4, when they are removed and placed with relatives or in a state orphanage. When possible, we like to show God’s love to these little ones and their Mums by helping them in practical ways, such as providing nappies for them. Packs of nappies are available on our alternative gifts page. We are currently in need of nappies, so please spread the word and if you would like to help in this practical way, we would love to hear from you!
Apparently today is the international day of people with disabilities – many of us know people who are affected in different ways, whether mentally or physically. In Peru there is very little done for people who struggle with day-to-day life because of physical limitations. This is one area where there is great need and the challenge comes to us – how do we respond? How do we reach out to those who are vulnerable for different reasons? Please pray that we will be sensitive to people’s needs and help where we can. Above all, we want to reach out and make a difference, to all people!
We are pleased to report that Mirian and Dinger have arrived safely and are reunited with their family after a long journey. Remember them as they settle back into everything they are involved with and pray for wisdom for us in planning future trips – both for them and for us!
Miriam and Dinger left Norwich this morning to start on their long journey back to Peru. Exactly the same thing happened as happened last time Miriam left in 2007 – there was a beautiful rainbow in the sky. What an amazing reminder of God’s love and hope! We do rejoice at God’s goodness to us and His promises – He is faithful! As you read this, they will be in the air, heading west ready to continue their work with the prison and the children. Gone, but not forgotten!
As Thursday approaches there is a certain amount of sadness as we prepare to say good-bye to our dear friends Miriam and Dinger….yet at the same time I am full of expectation because I know that God often surprises us at the last minute. He has been so good to us, He is faithful and He is having His way in His work – we have much to be thankful for and wonderful memories of this time together. It almost seems greedy to ask for more; yet it is not about us, it is for the Kingdom, so we come to Him knowing He has plenty more that He delights to give us. What will He do in the last few hours we have together? Watch this space…