Taken completely out of context, I sometimes imagine that God is singing this over and over again to us. Obviously how this post relates to Justin Timberlake is next to none... but I couldn't help but let that line from the song roll around in my head after our morning team devo time this past Saturday.
what are we doing here?
That is the question that many of our team members got from friends, family and loved ones. It can seem strange, to spend thousands of dollars and travel thousands of miles to Lima, Peru, just to spend time in an orphanage and painting walls in a factory. It doesn't always make sense to everyone.
But what are we doing here? We all have different reasons for why we came to Peru - but when it boils down to it, we were motivated by the same thing: God's love. We've experienced it and know it, sometimes more deeply than other times. There is so much joy that comes from experiencing His love with others and sharing it with others. (even that can seem a little selfish v selfless - because we know that when we leave Peru, we will have experienced God and how he loves in a new way).
On a practical note, this trip is also an investment. The time we spent cleaning and fixing the missions house is an investment into future missions and the teams that will follow. The time we spent with the kids and beautifying the orphanage is an investment in the orphanage and the children who will one day live there. The remodel and design of the Krochet Kids Peru mentor space is an investment in the women who work there and the women who will one day work there.
reflecting God's image
Genesis 1.26-27 Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth." So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
I love this. These verses tell us that God was so intentional about creating us in His image: a reflection of Him living and breathing on earth. Our example was Christ. In Colossians 1.15, Scripture tells us that Jesus is the image bearer of Christ. He is our example of what it means to love others as God does. Now, we get to be reflections of Christ. To others who may not have experienced the love of God, we are the image bearers, mirrors. And we get to experience Him through one another as well. Thats why we are called to first, love Him with all our heart, soul and mind, and then to love others as ourselves.
to close, I just wanted to share a bit of our time at the orphanage. This orphanage is very close to the hearts of Danny and Steph, and their two girls. It was an amazing blessing to spend time with the kids, just playing with them and getting them out of bed. One of our team members, John, even cut their hair! This orphanage is not government-funded (Peru has many of those) and they take in children who have mental or physical disabilities. Many of these children were left to die at hospitals because their parents abandoned them and the hospital couldn't take care of them. But as we were reminded before we arrived, each child is made in the image of Christ and loved dearly by God.
It was so much fun. We got the kids out into the play area, into the ball pit. We drew pictures and played catch. We joked and told stories. For those who were not able to move from their portable beds, we stroked their hair, held their hand and just let them know we were there for them. It was a humbling experience and opened our eyes to just how blessed we are as Americans, living in the United States. I don't think we will ever forget their faces and their spirits.
prayer requests: our team is sick! pray for healing!
I'm excited to share in the next post, the work we are doing at Krochet Kids Peru!
- Phyllis (or Joceline, as Danny calls me...)