Make a Miracle traveled to San Juan de Lurigancho in February for a week filled with activities. One of the highlights was teaming up with Reimagine to build a home for a family. Our team of 35-40 people (almost all of our scholarship students pitched in) hauled pieces of an entire home up approximately 170 stairs in 85 degree heat! We were blessed to be helped by some men who saw us and wanted to join in the action. We found out they were recovering drug addicts and Deanna was able to minister to them in a big way as they accepted Jesus and were determined to change their past ways. This was a beautiful miracle to witness! We all loved being part of Team Miracle and can't wait to build again this summer!
Another high point of our week was handing out school supplies and backpacks to the kids getting ready to start school the first week of March. The employees of Stars and Strikes Entertainment Centers donated 100 brand new backpacks which were given to elementary, high school and college kids in San Juan de Lurigancho. They were thrilled and ready to for success this school year!
Deanna, who heads up our leadership team in Peru, was kind enough to host our team at her apartment for a meet and greet. We had a wonderful Peruvian dinner and got to spend time with most of our 16 scholarship recipients. I had the honor of awarding Rosa a college scholarship that same night. I loved being able to give the good news personally to this amazing young woman. Education is considered a privilege in Peru because financial aid is only available to the very top performing students. Make a Miracle gives scholarships because we believe in these youths and know they are dedicated to making a better life for themselves and their families. As Make a Miracle grows, so does our outreach and team of Peruvians helping other Peruvians.
Team Miracle made a trip out to Hope House girl's home to spend an afternoon with the kids. We had about 6 Miracle scholarship recipients join us in this outing. We got to do a fun Valentines craft with the girls, and see the improvements to the house. We celebrated Cecilia's birthday which was absolutely inspiring. She is pictured above in the pink shirt waving with the 2 younger girls. Cecilia was born with only one arm, yet she does not let that stop her from doing anything. She crafted as well as any of us without help, and we all enjoyed eating ice cream and just being with her on her special day.
As always with trips like this there are too many details to relay. We had amazing highs and lows every single day. Usually we had about 10 highs for every low. We love doing what we do and appreciate your support!
Backpack Drive ....