Seven weeks ago this group of 13 unique individuals set out on a journey with our minds set on Peru. Every one of us anticipating to witness God working in some spectacular ways. As we ventured from the jungles of the Amazon to the snow covered peaks of the Andes and finally the desert beaches of the Pacific, we all came to realize how awesome our God is. His creation is captivating and I’m not referring only to the jungle, mountains, and ocean. The people we met every day and the fellowship we had truly revealed the beauty of our Creator. We spent quite a bit of time and effort providing practical help to people who needed it, but what we craved was interaction with the local people. Our opportunities to interact and learn from the Peruvian people were filled with God’s spirit moving in real ways. It was so cool to be able to relate and learn together and we found often that we are not so different than these people. We’re all on this journey of seeking Christ, and we can come together under that one beautiful purpose.
In everything we did whether it was pulling weeds, drying our socks over campfires, milking cows, telling kids a bible story, giving our testimonies, hearing other’s testimonies, staying late to pray with someone, painting walls, shoveling dirt, eating guinea pigs, hiking mountains, or whatever it was, God was teaching us something in every moment. Sometimes the lessons were hard, sometimes they wanted you to dance with joy but we all learned to have the posture of a learner recognizing that all wisdom is from God and there’s more than one way to reveal that to us.
Joshua Duft-September 2013 Peru Outreach Leader