I'm sure you may have heard about the flooding that has been ocurring in Peru and this last week it significantly affected Trujillo. Many areas in Peru, including Trujillo, are considered desert even though they are coastal. Many homes are made of mud and wood and many have no roof because there is so little rain. A few days ago there was a heavy downpour for 5 hours. Many homes (20,000) were flooded and many were destroyed. All of the missionaries are safe but some Peruvians have lost their homes, their possessions and many have lost their lives. Jonah and the other missionaries are busy providing service trying to help those in need. He details this in his letter below. Unfortunately they are expecting more rain this week. Please keep the Peruvian people and the missionaries in your prayers.
I'm not exactly sure what has been published or broadcasted on the news, it might not even be there, but if you've heard, there's a lot of flooding and rockslides that are happening here in Peu, especially in Piura, Chiclayo, Trujillo, Chimbote, and Lima. The good thing is that all of the missionaries are doing fine, there's no major problems, just a few rooms that were slightly flooded, but they are now staying in safer places. No missionary in Trujillo has been injured due to the flooding, so we are all fine. Sadly, that is not the same story for all of Trujillo, there have many people forced out of their homes and on mountain passes, rockslides have taken the lives of people traveling towards the mountains. Trujillo almost never gets rain, and usually does not absorb the water that travels from high up in the Andes, and now that it's receiving both at the same time, and due to all that, there is a lot of damage being done here. So since Wednesday, our week has mostly been full of service, and it's been really cool. I'll try to describe a little bit of what we've been doing.
After all of that stuff had kind of happened, they invited us in to rest a bit and drink some hot chocolate, so we sat down with the whole family, and had a really special moment. The 3 daughters in the family are really open and receptive, and one of them has actually been attending church for the past 4 years, but the parents have always been closed off to the missionaries and the Church, and have not allowed for the daughters to be baptized. Anyway, for the first time ever, we talk to all of the family at the same time, and they were really grateful that we had come, and they said that they couldn't thank us enough, and we shared our testimonies about the Church and the Gospel and how it's blessed our own families. Even the parents were very receptive and asked us to come back again to teach a lesson. It was so cool! We didn't know how to react and so we scheduled another meeting with them, and will be teaching them more.
Service is a such a wonderful opportunity to do two different things. Number one, help and love other people in action instead of just words, and number two, giving a chance to say why you do it and who's example you follow while doing it. That's what we've seen a lot of in this week. The river has come through the city now 3 times and so we've been able to help a lot of people, always keeping safe, and just staying happy! We're doing great out here! We love you so much, and will keep you updated!! Have a great week!! :)
|Planning in the Office|
|Out on the flooded streets|
|Photos from Trujillo|