Friday, February 21
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Tired but happy and hopeful Young Adult Volunteers finally touch down in Peru, where they will live, serve, and accompany for the coming year in placements with partner organizations of the Red Uniendo Manos Perú (Joining Hands Network Peru) that address the root causes of poverty. Their desire to serve and hope for a better world have brought them here and will carry them through as they try to discern what God is calling them to do with their lives, with this desire and hope.
Other tired but happy and hopeful people await them in Peru.
They are children of TAMAR, survivors of sexual abuse receiving shelter and counseling throughÅÇ Paz y Esperanza, in Huánuco. They are children of CAMBIALO, in La Oroya, whose lives are threatened by contamination from the mining plant Doe Run Peru, but who have found support and friendship in partner group Filomena Tomaira Pacsi. They are adolescents from a church in a poor district of Lima who have been without a youth pastor and are linked with partner Fraternidad Cristiana Vida. They are fair-trade artisans who long for someone to bring new excitement, creativity, and encouragement to their art. They are farmers in Huancavelica struggling for water so alpaca and crops can survive, thankful for the solidarity of partner organization ATIYPAQ.
Young Adult Volunteers in Peru join hands with local organizations fueled by the same hope of cutting off poverty at the roots. This year of service means a lifetime of change for Peruvians and YAVs alike.
—Debbie Horne, former PC(USA) mission coworker, Lima
Let us join in prayer for:
PC(USA) People in Mission
Evangelical Presbyterian and Reformed Church in Peru: Rev. Sara Armstrong and Russell Edmondson, delegations and partnership coordinators • Joining Hands Network Peru: Rev. Jed Koball, companionship facilitator
Evangelical Presbyterian and Reformed Church in Peru: Rev. Adrian Fernandez, president, Luis Pastor Leonardo Ventura, secretary • Peruvian Evangelical Church: Rev. Ricardo Alcarraz, president, Rev. Enrique Augusto Alva Callup, secretary • Joining Hands Network Peru: Conrado Olivera, executive director • Theological Faculty of the Evangelical Theological Education Association: Rev. Efrain Barrera, executive director
Young Adult Volunteers
Mary Kate Bevel, Blake Collins, Spencer May, Abigail Miller, and Emma WestRasmus, community development interns, Joining Hands Network Peru
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
Create in us, O God, a desire to serve you and others, with hope for today and tomorrow. Amen.