Peru Group 2016:
I intend this to be a fairly brief recap of our 2016 Chimbote, Peru mission trip. It will not be possible to capture or list all we learned, accomplished, aided, or otherwise made ourselves present during the trip, nor how deeply each of us returned home affected, changed, honored, overjoyed, or saddened by all we experienced for the first, seventh, or thirteenth time. This year more hindrances were encountered than I have known before, from my outgoing plane mechanical issues forcing my group to switch carriers, ultimately traveling on four different airlines round trip, to the weather-related major difficulties most of the group worked through, to the early on and later issues of booking a group at the Hostal Gemina, not to mention booking and rebooking up to three times some bus tickets. Somehow fifteen of our initial group of twenty eventually got to Chimbote, promptly rolled up their sleeves and made more history while growing the ties of fellowship within the group and among the parish community. Each year is a building block or piece of the ultimate puzzle; I think this year was an extra-large one. Every year I am proud and thrilled to go on this trip, internally bursting with joy at the thought of seeing old friends and creating new bonds. I am humbled by the commitment of each of you, proud of my friendship with you, and ecstatic at the thought of who will come join us next year. I could not be more proud of the work ethic and camaraderie each of you exhibited and shared this year. If a group ever worked in 100% cohesion, while fully living every thought-provoking or blissful moment, it was you all.
We began with a budget of $10,870. placed with Friends of Chimbote. Providence Presbyterian Church contributed an additional $1500. unrestricted through its Benevolence Fund. A former group member contributed $500. of unrestricted funds. We collected a little over $5000. from fellow church members for the La Caleta Hospital (for the poor) Fund, which we were able to extend to aid in the (first in S. America) Hospice and the parish medical clinic providing immediate care to dozens of children tended over three days by group member Dr. Danny Ott. We ended our trip with a balance of close to $2000. remaining in our account after providing furniture for our three house projects and an additional eight families, and special shoes which will straighten one little girl’s feet, giving her the chance of a normal life, and her family release from the overwhelming pain of the inability to ever afford this life-altering grace. The balance, the Benevolence money and the private fund, we left for ACAF to use as needed to help overcome its current budget shortfall. The Grace we provided the little girl with in-turned feet, we all have received through Jesus Christ and each will be able to enjoy a normal life walking straight ahead with Him.
Thank you all for your financial, physical, and spiritual support this and every year. If you would like to join us in 2017, please contact Dan Kunkleman.