This is the final installation of my series about My Trip to Peru with Operation Christmas Child. If you missed the other parts here they are.
Part Five: The People I met.
I could not be done talking to you about Peru without letting you know about the amazing people I was able to meet.
Operation Christmas Child was so amazing to be in Peru with They were so super organized and took amazing care of us. I never felt nervous or afraid. They definitely had my back at all times. There were about 60 people with us on the trip. They were all from wonderful organizations. We were all divided into groups. My group was called the red group and I loved each and every one of them! We got along so well and had the funnest time together! I really feel like I was able to get to know these people so well in the short amount of time we had together. I am so happy for Facebook that will keep us connected to each other. These people are all doing amazing work to tell people about Gods love. This photo is from Esther from Laugh With us Blog.
Esther, the other blogger was such a good friend to me that I know I have made for life. We had so much in common and I enjoyed spending so much time with her. I loved laughing my guts out with her. Sometimes a good laugh is so therapeutic!!
Our interpreters were Gladys, who I mentioned in my last post and JP. JP Was so much fun to visit with. His stories about his life were amazing and he had so many neat things that he told us about Peru. I could have talked with him for hours and knew my husband would have loved listening to him as well. I hope I am doing all of his amazing stories justice as I try to tell them to Brandon.
One of the nights in Peru after eating dinner they shared this video with us. Please watch it is only 5 minutes and really describes the purpose for Operation Christmas Child and it’s a wonderful video
After the video we all looked over at one of the the tables and there was Louis who’s story was featured in the clip above. I loved meeting Louis and his Mom, he had an amazing personality and I know he will do so much good in the world. I was almost too nervous to meet him after. I am so thankful to Roxy in my group who encouraged me to go up and talk to him and take a picture with him. What a neat young man he is!
I wanted to share a few facts about this trip to Peru
- Approximately 2,500 boxes were were distributed during this specific trip to Peru to 20 churches, Schools, and orphanages.
- 219,675 have been donated to Peru This year.
- 1,679,759 have been donated to Peru total since 1996.
I need to also thank the people who helped made it possible for me to leave for Peru. My sweet husband who encouraged me so much to go knowing it would be a life changing experience for me. He never made me feel bad for leaving him with our four crazies and took care of them like the amazing father he is. My Mom and Mother in law were also a huge help while I was gone watching the girls when Brandon had to work. I could not have done this without them. I am so glad I was able to do this. I will always remember my trip to Peru and everything I learned.
Please let me know if you would like to help me this year to collect things for Operation Christmas Child and to make shoeboxes. I will be planning a few packing parties and would love all of your help!