Tuesday July 18, 2017

Tuesday July 18, 2017

Hi everyone I hope you all liked the testimony of Sebastian. Today I had a long day. I biked 20 kilometers to Lima and then back. I went and saw the other churches in the city. Also in the poor areas around the city. I took lots of pictures and most I will show you when I return. The day was interesting as traffic as in all third world countries are terrible. I enjoyed riding the bike and looking at the entire city. It was very unique in many different areas and the people looked as if they were being kidnapped the entire day. A van would pool up to the side of the curb and people would shout numbers and then literally jump into the van as it was the “highway”. The door would still be open as they were going down the street until the man could shut it. The amount of police in the city was incredible as they found 2 grenades in the schools this week.  Once I arrived in the city it was a mix of tourists and poverty. The streets have all the houses and businesses close together and it reminded me of New York in terms of the amount of people out and how close all the buildings were. The sad part was seeing a building that was burned down two weeks ago and so many people lost all their possessions and some people were killed. After seeing the beautiful churches in the city it was time to bike over to the poorest area in Lima. The people no longer had that spirit or excitement. They were tired and hurting. The best image I had of this was a dog who was starving to death and could no longer move on the hillside. Yet people would just walk by him. It was awful. My hearts goes out to them and in my prayer I continue to ask what I can do. Yet all I can do is listen to these people and learn. I can inspire by leading them to Christ. I can be with them. The idea of being with people can mean a lot of different things. Yet to me the most important part of being with people means to speak with them, PRAY or ask to with them, and finally walk with them. You can literally walk with these people and let them speak to you. As you read in JOB his friends came and spent seven days while Job was in suffering. Being there! Just physically being there can spark Hope, Faith, and God inside them. I have to continue to live this as I am struggling with how I can help. Yet my goal is not to fix the poverty that’s not my calling its to grow in our relationships with God and embrace others to walk with us in that Journey. Finally I was biking back and my bike broke. The fender on the back snapped and went under my tire. I slid across two lanes and finally met the ground. I ripped my pants and cut up my arm but all in all I am fine. During the entire day I was alone on mission and A man came over to help me. He was amazed at how happy I was for having just hurt myself and keep saying that bad things just continue to happen. I told him simply that its in those moments of tribulation that we can alter our future by putting light into the world instead of anger. He was so shocked and asked how I think like that. I of course responded that Christ and prayer lead me. He asked if I was rich because the pants I ripped are very expensive (they were my only pair of Jordan Jogger pants $100 US) and I explained that I wasn’t but they were only a material item. They were nice and I was lucky enough to have had them but I only had attachment to the important things in life. Finally I returned home, fixed the bike, and fell asleep.

 

Michael Jackson

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