August 22, 2012

In our time here, we have had the privilege of meeting with various leaders in the community. On Saturday we met with leader-mothers in the community of Los Cipreses.

They shared struggles with us of not knowing how to work with kids with special needs in the community, but having a desire to learn.  Michelle shared with them the importance of supporting the families with children with special needs and how important it is to encourage them. She also challenged them to think of how they would feel if their own child had special needs. “How would they want other children and parents to treat them?” The mothers responded with great feedback and at one point one of the mothers even shared, “Maybe we should just go and visit these families and see how they are doing.” At the end, one of our translators encouraged the leader mothers to end any gossip that begins in the community about the children with special needs. “When they hear things, don’t join but instead try to explain and help people to understand.” It was a powerful time.

On Friday, during one of the home visits one of the mothers of a girl with Down Syndrome shared a desire for a place where her daughter and other children with similar needs could learn skills to help them become more independent in life. When the idea of opening her home to start something was presented, she was very open to looking for ways to make this happen.

Today (Monday), we also had the privilege of meeting with FH staff. They have an important mission of reaching out to the most vulnerable here in Peru. It has been a blessing to collaborate with them and see how God is using them to care for His children here. We ask that you pray with us and FH as we seek the Lord’s guidance in how to bring all these exciting potential ideas together.

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