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Nelly pointed all of us to the most recent blog post by Robin, the Lifetree ministry staffer who coordinated our Haiti trip. Robin just returned from a mission trip to Peru, where she joined a team of nearly forty people who took a river boat to visit the people in several remote villages. (A mission trip, by the way, that some of us are considering for next summer!) She writes eloquently about her their interaction with a sick little boy named Joseph, from Villa Esther … but we should let Robin tell her beautiful and touching story!

The moment that will last the longest in my heart from this trip is the moment that I saw little Joseph in a motocar in Pucallpa on Friday morning as we were getting ready to leave for the airport to fly back to Lima. See, I think one of the reasons God sent our group to Villa Esther last week was so that we could find Joseph and help save his life.

Read the whole story at Robin's website.

“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?