- Written by Tom Miles Tom Miles
- Created: 11 March 2014 11 March 2014
Last week, Kimberly, one of the team members going to Peru this summer, shared this email message from Robin of Lifetree Adventure with us:
“My goal was to help participants fall in love with serving the Shipibo people in remote villages of Peru and what they can do for them," said Rachel Searfoss, who led a Lifetree Adventures trip to Peru in December 2013. The team was made up of two awesome families from Texas, the Spences and the Tranthams, and Kaylan, a college student from North Carolina. While the entire trip was remarkable, from experiencing boat life to building relationships, one instance stuck out to Rachel more than any other as a modern day example of the boundless power of Christ’s love despite language and cultural barriers.
As the Lifetree Adventures team worked tirelessly mixing concrete from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM in 115 degree weather, the Shipibo villagers looked on. Little communication occurred between the two groups of people, but by day three the villagers were so moved that they began bringing gift after gift to the team. The people couldn’t help but respond extravagantly with gratitude—much like the way we can’t help but respond to the great love of God with our lives.
By the week’s end, the LTA team was so much in love with the Shipibo people that they pool ed funds together to pay for numerous needed instruments, reviving the church there and fueling its growth. God moved. Rachel’s goal was realized. Needs were met. Long-lasting relationships were forged.
We're looking forward to similar experiences in our upcoming trip. Contact Kimberly or the church office to see how you can help.
“Hesed” is a Hebrew word that means “kindness”, “mercy”, “loyalty”, “loving-kindness” or “steadfastness.” It’s the way God intends us to live together—a “love your neighbor as yourself”, active, selfless, sacrificial, caring-for-one-another brand of living contradictory to our fallen natures. The “Heseders” are continually looking to work together to share some small measure of God’s extraordinary love. Won’t you join us?