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“For I was hungry and you gave me food.” Matt. 25:35

Friday, February 21

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Kaley Anderson with two artisans of the fair-trade group Ima Sumacc Photo by Debbie Horne



Kaley Anderson with two artisans of the fair-trade group Ima Sumacc

Photo by Debbie Horne


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

Presbytery Partnerships

Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy, with Joining Hands Network Peru; Presbytery of San Gabriel, with the Evangelical Presbyterian and Reformed Church in Peru

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Mickie Choi, PILP
Danielle Cioffi, BOP

Let us pray

Create in us, O God, a desire to serve you and others, with hope for today and tomorrow. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 130; 148
First Reading Genesis 32:22-33:17
Second Reading 1 John 3:1-10
Gospel Reading John 10:31-42
Evening Psalms 32; 139

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