August 2013 I experienced a trip of a lifetime. I wasn’t really sure what to expect. So, honestly, I didn’t expect much.
I wasn’t prepared for the love that would pour out from the Peruvian leaders from the moment we first met them. They embraced us, had some welcoming American top 40 style music playing in their modest worship building. We were so tired from travel, yet, so energized to finally be there and meet them! We danced around the room as we met each other. Dancing would be a theme to continue throughout our entire trip. They hugged us immediately and introduced themselves, one after another.
Once everyone was settled we all took hands and their Pastor, Yoler, led us in prayer. It was all in Spanish and I really had no clue what Yoler was saying, but I wept. I felt an overwhelming sense of joy and love. I wasn’t prepared for this emotional response.
Another unexpected, yet enjoyable, part of the trip was the bond with my team! I was traveling with 23 people. One of them was my nearly 18 year old son. Another, a friend from a professional network with whom I had never traveled and the rest I had met only months earlier. The majority of our crew were 14-18 years of age. I really didn’t expect to bond with anyone. But I did. I found I really cared about these kids and I admired their hearts for service and their fearlessness to travel the world without their parents. I wonder if I would have been able to do that?
Watching my team in action was just as magical. The Peruvian kids adored them! They learned to play different games with us and our guys would play futbol with them. It was so amazing to me how quickly they were able to open up and bond with us.
Check out my TEDx Talk, From Zero to Silly, to learn more about how the bond happened so fast and what I learned overall from the trip.
This year, I have the opportunity to lead a mission trip back to Trujillo, Peru to work with the same leaders in the same barrios, plus some new barrios they are working with.
In a few weeks I will meet my team and brief them all on what to expect, what to bring, what they need to know, logistical details, etc. we will also determine what type of fundraising needs to be done for our team to all participate this year.
I don’t know how many will need assistance this yea,r but I know of a few young men who plan on going and I know for sure they need help in raising funds so I am getting started now. Our trip is in June this year (last year it was in August so we had more time to raise the funds). I’ll be telling more stories here each week to educate you about our time in Peru and perhaps you’ll be compelled to share it with someone you know has a heart for people who has the means to provide a donation to our trip or even provide prayer for our team and for the people we’ll be reaching while in Trujillo.
I am devoting my Fridays to #fundraisingfriday for my team. I hope you will participate and give a one time or monthly donation to our Reach Peru team.
What we will be doing
We will be working in 3 barrios while in Trujillo, Peru.
Some of the things we will be doing include:
- kid’s carnivals
- women’s crafts
- light construction
- playing sports
- visiting kindergarten schools
- building relationships
- and working with the church leadership
Where you can donate
Your donations are tax deductible. All donations go directly to The Crossing.
Donate by check: Mail your donation made payable to The Crossing at 7950 W. Windmill Lane, Las Vegas, NV 89113.
Donate by credit or debit card: The Crossing Reach Peru Mission
Thanks for helping me to make this another successful journey.