Last week I had the awesome opportunity to go to Peru with my local church. We were going on the trip to build a school and work with the local kids. I went there with an open mind and thought that I would be doing more construction work than kids ministry work. However, I was quite wrong. There was a need for men in the dramas and overall help with the kids so I decided I would help with that. I made my Peruvian theatrical debut on Saturday playing a distracted Doctor who was too focused on work to hear God (there might've been a reason why I got that part). Every day we went to two different locations and did a traveling program for the kids. We would sing, do a craft, and then give the Gospel message. There were many kids and parents in attendance at all of these events and it was so much fun to spend time with so many people. It was great working with the kids doing the crafts, playing soccer in the school yard, and talking to them in Spanish. Surprisingly my 5 years of spanish in high school payed off and I was able to talk to a lot of the locals. I tried to get an understanding about what makes them tick and what life is like in Peru. Not only did God work in the lives of the Peruvians we interacted with but also in the lives of each and everyone of the team members. Personally, it was a spiritual boot camp, and it opened my eyes to missions. I never expected the impact we would have but it was truly eye opening and I absolutely loved it. When I initially was thinking about going to Peru it was to see Machu Picchu or for business purposes. I decided to go on this trip as an introduction into Peru and God took what I thought was for me into something that He used for His glory. After this trip God opened my eyes to missions and what an impact that each and every one of us can have on people. I know that I will be doing missions in the future, whether short or long term God can decide, but I know that I will be attentive to Him.
Ps. Jenna made a special design just for this trip. Special thanks to David Tan (theworksofdavidtan.pixieset.com) for shooting and Gina for modeling. More of this design and other Peruvian specials to come!