I visited the church a couple of weeks ago and was given a couple minutes to share about our ministry. I thanked them for what they mean to our kids, and spoke about the impact they can have on the children by continuing to be family for them. I was touched by the response, so many people with a heartfelt desire to serve in this way. But my favorite part of the visit was watching our kids; their interaction with other kids, families, Sunday school teachers... and their participation in everything. They really do have a place to belong.
This weekend we had a small team sent from this church come to the Home to help us with a project, planting passionfruit vines and fruit trees in a small orchard we will maintain at the home. They arrived Friday night, made a bonfire and sang songs around it with our kids. On Saturday we planted trees and passionfruit seeds. We thank God for this "local team" and hope to see more in the future.
|The Chorillos church team with Juan Carlos (childrens home director), |
Dan and some of the kids
|Our older kids from the home worked alongside the team.|
Here they are in action!
|Part of the project was to plant Maracuyá (passion fruit) This fruit grows |
on the vine and we are using it to create green fences. The fruit makes a very
delicious juice and grows very well in the Pachacámac valley.
|Las Señoritas hard at work|
|Planting a fig tree. Lemon, orange, apple, bannana, papaya, avocado, chirimoya |
and mandarin orange trees are all part of the new orchard.
|Here is where the new orchard was planted. Besides having |
the fruit to one day help sustain the childrens home, our kids gain the
experience of learning about plant cultivation