Friday we enjoyed a wonderful visit with the Ingrums, missionaries that Windsor Road Christian Church supports financially. Geoff and Raechel moved to Lima two years ago and have been working among street kids in some of the poorest areas of the city. They now are also helping a local pastor plant a church among one of the newest (read: shantytown) communities in Lima. Their kids especially love visitors and had fun playing some hide and seek with Christina and Katie outside our hotel. Although our time was divided in two for a mandatory 20 minute visit to the Secretaria Nacional de Adopciones, we had time for some shopping, some churros and empanadas, and some great conversation. Geoff can drive like the best of Peruvians!
Saturday we caught the early flight to Trujillo and were in our accommodations by 9am. We’re staying at the rented facility of another Windsor Road supported mission, Hogar Luz de Vida (Home of the Light of Life). This is a new ministry of Corazon de Esperanza (http://corazondeesperanza.org/) that is a transitional home for kids that have aged out of the orphanages in this area. Although they provide Bible studies, classes, and other activities for quite a few teens, just three girls have moved into the Home just this past week and live here with their “madre,” Vilma. Yuliana and Yemeli came straight from the Hogar de Esperanza orphanage, and Leceth came from another life situation. We got to spend most of the day and evening with these girls, playing games, bumping a volleyball at the park, and just chatting (in Spanglish!). They are great kids with a new opportunity in life.
Today Robyn, the U.S. director of Corazon de Esperanza, Gordon, a man who financially backs the ministry, and the four of us took a trip out to Huanchaco for a long, relaxing lunch. We got to hear more about the ministry, the plans for building a home for the kids who age out of the local orphanage, and talked plenty about adoption (Robyn adopted a sibling group of five from the orphanage here!). After chatting we enjoyed a walk on the beach and some shopping in the tourist shops…oh, and some ice cream from a sidewalk vendor!
Tomorrow we start the adoption process here in Trujillo with a morning visit to the SNA office, then we will be escorted over to the orphanage by one of the government social workers to have our first supervised visit with our little girl! Please pray for all this process, and, one specific thing—please pray for Cindy’s back. It is hurting, and she is asking for it to not get any worse and for it to be healed.