Impassable, but not Impossible

03 Apr 2017

When Pastor Lindorf Chamorro's team arrived in Bamba Alta, the road was impassable.  They had to make several trips in smaller vehicles to get to the people that government officials had agreed to assemble together.  After a devotional from the Bible, 100 families received the donations.  Then there was a time of personal counseling.  Pastor Chamorro appreciated how these donations and the dedication of the 40 volunteers worked together to alleviate needs for these families.  “We are taking them the message of solidarity, love, faith and hope,” Pastor Chamorro said.  Next Saturday this group hopes to go to another area that is also very isolated and transportation only can reach so far.  “The mayor is a Christian and has asked for help for all the town, especially needing food, repellent and blankets,” Pastor Chamorro said.

Your donations to the SIM disaster relief fund helped purchase 300 blankets, 400 cans of tuna, 100 bottles of repellent and 100 packages of diapers.  Thanks!

Continued efforts in Trujillo

01 Apr 2017

Today Jason and Ethan visited people who were devastated by the mudslides that swept through their homes and businesses.  In many cases mud filled the homes from floor to ceiling.  These people have lost all of their belongings.  Most people told Jason that they only had 5 minutes warning to get out of their homes and literally run for their lives to escape the river of mud.  Today, SIM partnered with the Alliance church to provide food, water, and clothing for nearly 300 families.  The cleanup will take months.  Please continue to pray for the people of Peru.

basic survival rations given to those affected by the floods

The owner probably wishes he had rolled up the window.

Flood Relief in Trujillo

31 Mar 2017

Trujillo is the 3rd largest city in Peru and was arguably the hardest hit city from the recent catastrophic flooding.  Until recently, aerial photos of the city showed a large lake with neatly arrayed buildings on an invisible underwater grid.  Yesterday, after several days of logistical planning, SIM missionary Jason Brink and his son Ethan traveled to Trujillo to help out with relief efforts.   They are partnering with the large Christian Missionary Alliance church in Trujillo (nearly 1000 members) and SIM's disaster relief fund to buy necesities for people, many of whom have lost everything.  They also participated in the physical work of cleaning up the dirt left by rivers of mud that coursed through the city.

This morning, breakfast was served to about 200 people.

The cleanup is dusty, dirty work.

Pray that the love shown to those who have lost so much will draw them to Christ.

Letter from the Lima Calvary Chapel pastor

28 Mar 2017

This letter was sent to SIM from the pastor of the Lima Calvary Chapel pastor after their recent visit to Huarmey:

Thank you so much for partnering with us in our effort to bring relief to those affected by the recent mudslides and flooding in Huarmey.

Our team of 50+ left for Huarmey at 5am last Saturday and returned at 10pm that day. We served breakfast and lunch for about 600 people and provided almost 5 tons worth of food supplies, water, clothes and basic medicines. We were able to give a basic talk on flooding-related disease prevention and treat minor wounds of those whose hard work had gotten the best of them. 

Also, thanks to your generous donation for the purchase of 3 water pumps we were able to help 4 families in getting water out of their flooded houses. We also were able to share a short message from God's word and prayed with dozens of people to receive Christ (many of which were children living in the affected areas). 

It was a long day and yet it felt like a drop in a bucket, reason for which we intend on coming back to help with physical labor within the next 2 weeks.

"You better remove that cyst in the OR just in case you bleed a lot."

28 Mar 2017

I'm in Lima for the regional meeting for the SIM Americas directors (the field directors for countries like Peru, the US, Uruguay, etc.).  One of the Lima missionaries has had an annoying cyst on her back for a couple of years and last year went to a Peruvian clinic to ask to have it taken out.  They told her they'd need to do it in an operating room in case there was a lot of bleeding!  So I threw a laceration kit into my luggage and her husband picked me up at the airport.  It took me about 10 minutes to remove the cyst (I could look up the exact time since they filmed it so she could watch her own surgery later!) and there was less than 1 ml of blood.  Clearly the 'too much blood' excuse was a ploy to be able to charge a lot more money than I did (which was a ride from the airport)! 

¡¡Fuerza Hermanos!!

26 Mar 2017

Today, SIM missionary Chris Conti visited the Vitarte (a neighborhood of Lima) Evangelical church to meet with the pastor and his wife and others.  The church feels called to help an area called Carapongo where most of the people lost their homes and everything they owned.   There are about 40 families affected in this way.  A 'community pot' (someone cooks and everyone eats) has been started but many don't even have plates or bowls to eat off of!  Relief funds will be used to provide tents, blankets, repellent, food and medicines as soon as possible.  Your donations to the SIM relief fund help make this possible.

A can of tuna with 'Fuerza hermanos' (Stay strong, brothers!), one of the mottos of the flood relief, being written on it.

 

 

Pumps for Huarmey

25 Mar 2017

One of the churches that SIM Peru is partnering with in the flood relief efforts is the Lima Calvary Chapel Church.  Yesterday, SIM used your donations to purchase three gas-powered pumps that will be used to pump muddy water out of homes in Huarmey, one of the cities hardest hit by the flooding.   Huarmey is located about four hours up the coast from Lima.  Calvary Chapel planned on distributing clean water, food, medicines and the physical labor to help remove mud from homes in Huarmey starting today.  Pray that all our relief efforts can be done in a loving way, meeting the needs of those who need it most. 

Flooding in Peru

19 Mar 2017

Peru is currently experiencing some of the worst flooding in years.  Riverbeds that are often dry are spilling over their banks in the capital city of Lima.  Many people, including missionaries, are ironically without water as the canals have been damaged.  The death count is currently (18MAR17) at 62.  Please pray for opportunities to use this crisis to share about the Living Water that Jesus provides and to show compassion to our fellow man. I am currently helping coordinate funds for relief efforts in Lima to help provide food and water to those that have lost their homes.  

Please pray for those who have lost everything.  Give praise that our water came back last night after being cut off since Tuesday (except for a couple of hours Thursday morning).  Pray for wisdom in knowing how we can help most in this crisis.

 

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