The Expectation of Power!

When you live in a third world country, things like power and water (which we all expect to have at all times) become even more appreciated. It’s now 3:00 in the afternoon and we finally have power again! This is not only an inconvenience but it also affects the food in the refrigerator and for us, showers! We have electric shower heads which are also called widow makers since the power here is 220 volts rather than 110. Everyone knows that mixing water and electricity is a no no but that’s the only way to be assured of hot water here in Peru. You learn to be careful and not touch it!20191114_150726

Delicious!

We were invited to a friend’s house (rooftop) for a bbq and it was DEElicious!!! This type of bbq is actually called a Chinese Box. It’s a wooden box with a metal interior. As you can see, the hot coals from the wood are on top and the meat is cooked inside of the box. We had pork and lamb which were both cooked to perfection! The pork had a nice crunch on the exterior and the meat was tender and juicy with an amazing flavor and the lamb was cooked perfectly, too. It was quite a treat!

Had a Hard Day at Work?

These women spent the WHOLE day bent over collecting seeds for the next planting cycle! Talk about back breaking work! It just made me think “How many people think that they work too hard at their jobs?” It’s all about perspective.

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A Typical Day for Scott

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There is a movie screen on the left side of the picture which allows Scott to work while the girls watch a video. He’s really good at focusing!

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He also volunteers at the girl’s school by helping them learn English.

Plus, he teaches classes at two churches and is doing pre-marital counseling for a couple!

Culture

Dance is such an important part of Peruvian culture that they start teaching the traditional dances as early as pre-school.

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Aren’t they just adorable!?

Game Time

These are learning games but they LOVE to play them!

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Spending time together and playing as children should, is so important!

Something Special

As many of you may already know, my mother passed away while I was with her in New Jersey. I am SO thankful to have had that special time with her, my sister, and my brother. I didn’t post anything during that difficult time and I’m sorry.

When I arrived back to Perú, I was greeted with shrieks of joy and lots of hugs and kisses from all of the girls – such a blessing! I’m very happy to report that the overall attitude of the girls in the Home is amazing! This is our current TF family pic:

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One of our girls had an episode the other day which appeared to be epileptic in nature. She’s fine but it really frightened the girls who were with her. Scott was right there and he protected her from injuring herself. This is the first time anything like this has happened to her so please keep her in prayer. She’s such a sweetie. She recently won a competition by memorizing 41 verses!

One of our other little ones was taken to a specialist to investigate why she’s unable to concentrate. She still doesn’t know her letters, numbers, or colors and she’s 5/6 years old. Unfortunately, some negative affects from their past never go away.

On a happier note – We’ll be taking the girls to the beach in January or February which is summer here. Last year, a church in Florida provided money for Christmas gifts for each girl AND for the whole TF family to go to the beach! For many of the girls, it was their first time ever seeing the ocean. Needless to say, it was a huge blessing!

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If you or your church would like to do something special for the girls, it takes a month or so for anything to get here, so October/November is the best time to send gifts if you want it to arrive for Christmas.

Thank you for all you do for these precious ones!

Life is Precious

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This is my mother at the end of her life holding another newborn great grandchild. Life has its ups and downs, beginning and end but thankfully we have the Lord to give us the strength we need. My mother passed away on July 14, 2019 but the cancer never robbed her of her smile! I’m so thankful that I was able to be there with my sister and brother to the end. Thank you for your prayers and love!

Meeting Needs

In February, I flew to the U.S. to be with my mother who has cancer in her liver. Unfortunately, since I’ve been here, my sister has gotten bad news about her health, as well. I’m blessed to be here where I can help them!

Scott stayed in Peru to continue with the work at Torre Fuerte. Not only has he been handling everything that he normally does, but then he had to take a last minute flight to Lima! He’s STILL working on getting our residency. The Lord knows that we have individuals who are scheduled to visit TF in the coming months so we’re trusting that He’ll work everything out according to His Will! In the meantime, the Lord continues to bless…. we welcomed six new girls into the TF family where they can be protected and provided for!

All of the girls that are brought to Torre Fuerte need your prayers. We never know how long they’ll be at the Home but we DO know that they need time and love to heal from their emotional scars. The circumstances of why they come to us varies but the common ground they all have is that when they leave TF, they have experienced the love of  God. Your prayer support truly  makes a difference. Thank you for your faithfulness!

Even though Scott and I are on two different continents right now, we’re still very much on the same page of serving where we’re needed. Right now he’s needed more in Peru and I’m needed more in the U.S. Since we can’t be in two places at one time; we make the sacrifice of being apart because it’s necessary. Part of me wants to be reunited with my husband as soon as possible, but part of me hopes it will take longer. I hope to have as much time as possible with my mother before she passes on to be with the Lord. Fortunately, the Lord has everything covered and we know that He is good all the time.

Thanks again for the support that you provide!

January

Unfortunately, some girls had to leave the TF Home because of their bad choices. They were removed from the Home not only because of their serious actions but also for the affect they could have on the other girls… it’s always a balancing act of wanting to help troubled girls without allowing them to have a negative impact on the others. They’re all dealing with some sort of trauma in their lives and the last thing they need is to have their Safe Zone add to their negative experiences. Torre Fuerte is a place of hope, love, safety, and renewal. That is always at the forefront.

Pastor Dario and his family were on vacation for the month of January leaving Scott to fill in. He had to make some difficult decisions while he was in charge but with the help of staff members and the Holy Spirit, he did a great job!

God continues to be in control and we can always trust Him to lead and guide us! Thank you for your support (prayer & financial) of the Home, these girls,  and our family!

 

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