Connecting the dots….

It’s amazing to see how God networks people together to do His work. Since we’ve been here, we have seen God weaving people into the ministry of meeting the needs of the girls at Torre Fuerte. Just to mention a few:

The dentist & orthodontist we’ve been working with are giving discounted prices in order to help minister to the girls.  After a dentist visit the other day, I was on the bus with three of the girls when I had a “God encounter”.  Two of the girls were seated in front of me with a man standing next to their seat (when all the seats are full, people continue to cram onto the bus and stand in the aisles). The man’s backpack was right in Luz’s face and I was afraid it would bump her since everyone shifts back and forth as we travel over the rutted roads. I asked him to please be careful that his bag wouldn’t hit her face. He looked at me and said, “Thank you” and I smiled back at him.

He then struck up a friendly conversation with many questions as to why I was in Arequipa. Long story, short, he personally knows Pastor Dario from being in the church many years ago when he was a boy. He said that he hasn’t been to church in a long time. I told him, “You need to get back into church. Maybe that’s why God had us meet on the bus today”.  He agreed and said he would be there on Sunday. He didn’t show up but I was encouraged that God used me (of all people) to draw this guy back to Him. I’m still hoping he will come.

Another amazing connection is Freddy. Freddy is the interpreter that Compassion International had arranged to help Jake meet with one of his sponsored children while he was here in Arequipa back in October 2011. Scott and Freddy have met several times and he wanted to help the girls in some way. He is an English professor at one of the universities here. He asked if he and some other professors could come to TF and meet with the girls. They have now been coming to TF on a WEEKLY basis to tutor the girls, visit with them,  and give them hope for entering the university when they graduate from high school. Last week the girls filled out a questionnaire to help them discover where their interests lie and what possible careers would fit them.

Most recently, Scott bought some things at the Christian bookstore he frequents and the owner asked about the ministry at TF and gave Scott discounted prices and free tracts for the girls. The owner also asked if he could have his prayer group pray for TF, and then suggested the possibility of them visiting sometime. Scott walked away encouraged. He caught a taxi to return to TF. The taxi driver asked him why he was in Arequipa. For the next 20 minutes they talked about TF. Scott told him how we had moved here to help at a home for girls. He was intrigued at our willingness to move the whole family here to help these girls. He wanted to know all about the ministry,  what we do there, the needs, the ages of the girls, etc. etc. etc. He later mentioned that he owns a clothing store and only drives taxi three days a week. Imagine that, God put them together with such tiny odds.

Today, I was online with a friend who was getting more and more excited as she thought of ways to get people involved with TF. We will both be jotting down our thoughts and then brainstorming some more together.

Many Happy Returns

MarisolMarisol returned to Torre Fuerte from Lima so that she can be with her sister Diana, 13, who had returned a couple of months earlier.

Marisol is 19 and wants to work to earn enough money to live on her own.

In the meantime, she is working to finish her last two years of high school. This will be a great help to her later job search.

DSCF5822Olinda, age 21, returned as a single mom seeking help and support to raise her daughter, Naladi. Olinda asked our former dorm mother Elena, and her husband David, to be godparents for her daughter. This is a picture from the dedication service. Olinda is not living at TF,  but we are helping her with free child care so she can attend classes.

DSCF5964Shane & Steve, from Washington state, returned to TF again to visit with the girls. Shane and his wife, Kim, are “padrinos”, or Godparents, to Carmen Rosa and her daughter, Katia.

While the guys were with us, they bought and installed two brand new stainless steel water pumps, along with pumpsthe gauges and various switches needed to modernize our water system.      

Steve was asked by one of the girls if he would be her padrino, so maybe we’ll see Steve back again in the fall for the big quinceañero?

A big thanks to Steve and Shane, and hopes that you can return again soon!

DSCF5760We continue to return to the dentist office with more bad teeth to be repaired, making for happier smiles. In the first picture, Karen is in the chair, the center of attention. In the next, it’s Karen’s turn to watch…….but………. she’d rather sit with Katie 🙂

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God’s faithfulness “returns” EVERY day. He never leaves us or abandons us! Thanks for keeping up with our Peruzings.

Many blessings to you, Pastor Scott, Leslie, Micah, Katie, & Luke Hargrove