"Thanks" from the Teens in San Hilarion
When we first arrived here in Peru 18 months ago we did what most new missionaries do and went looking for ministries. There is no shortage of need, so we definitely found plenty of people to help. In hindsight, we realize that not all our efforts were Spirit led. As we've learned to surrender more completely, we're a bit better at allowing the ministries to find us.
A few weeks ago we helped facilitate a three-day retreat for the lay church leaders of our 140+ villages. During that retreat, a group of young adults from a local pro-life organization gave an incredible presentation on how to minister to those struggling with issues related to abstinence, natural family planning, STDs, contraception, adoption and abortion. They concluded by inviting everyone to a Christian concert that they would be hosting in Moyobamba a couple days later.
It was as if the Holy Spirit hand-delivered the promotional flyer... As soon as it hit our hands the ideas started reeling ~ there are SO many teens in our community that have no idea how amazing it feels to be head-over-heels in love with Jesus. Christian concerts can be so inspirational and life changing, especially those designed for young adults...
In the lower left corner of the flyer it indicated that student tickets were only fives soles ($1.54), which is SO affordable!! Moyobamba is a three hour drive through the mountains. How could we get the kids there? If the concert starts at 8PM, we wouldn't get back to San Hilarion until almost 3AM - would their parents let them go? Would we have to spend the night there? They don't have money to buy dinner, so what could we feed them? So many questions....
Little did we know that the Holy Spirit had everything worked out.
All of the kids that Anna and Katelyn invited were available, eager and allowed to go.
The kids piled into the back of the nuns' new truck, where they snuggled up to keep warm in the brisk mountain air during our three hour drive. We "stumbled across" a restaurant offering dinner for six soles ($1.85). After filling our tummies, we raced across town and arrived at the venue just as the opening act was starting.
To say we've given up on making plans is a bit of an exaggeration, but we try our best to wait patiently for Him to guide us each step of the way.
The kids here were excited to say, "THANKS" as well - in both English and Spanish. To see their short videos, click on the YouTube links below:
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