The people make this a trip worth taking
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I took this trip with a missions group on the offchance that I might be able to help a church "down south" become more independent. What I found on arrival, though, greatly changed my point of view. I can't tell you how much the people in Peru impacted my life on this trip. I am so glad I decided to go on this trip.
First off, deciding to go on this trip was major. I kept thinking, what am I going to do down there. I know now what I did and I know now that it was the right decision. I gave tons of hugs and smiles and received just as many in return. I have never been a "children" person. I always said that I wasn't good with them but I found myself drawn to the children of Peru and just wanting to be around them constantly.
I met some other amazing people too and still keep in contact with a few of them. There was a church youth group from Chile working with us. Yes, there was a language barrier as I struggled to understand Spanish as quickly as they were speaking but after the first couple of days...it all came together and we could laugh and sing together as if we all grew up in the same town.
The pastor, Tito, and his wife, Patricia, and I bonded immediately upon arrival. Patricia and I were never far from each other the whole time. We were so close I hated to leave their home each day to go back to the hotel. Since arriving back home, I have been in touch some but more often I have heard "through the grapevine" how everyone of my Peruvian family are.
I hope to make another trip to see this wonderful group of people again some day soon. Until then...I still can smile at the memories.