Flooding, Prayer, Participation

Flooding of the town hospital in Mala

Last week we met Paulina, whose home and small banana tree field were damaged in the flooding. I was warned it would be hard to see her; she is permanently stooped. Rounded shoulders are not uncommon here. Women often carry babies and bundles on their backs. But this precious lady somehow walks and balances, with her body fixed at a 90 degree angle.

She shared her story, and her confusion. In Spanish, "I work, I have always worked in my ‘chakra', so God can’t be punishing me. Why did this happen?” Shaking her head, tears welled. "God must be tired.”

As I was praying the next morning my heart cried out, “Who will go and teach her about you, Father?”

I know that is the cry of the heart of God. Who will go? Through the Spirit, I felt deeply a little bit of what Jesus must have been feeling when he said...

When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” Matthew 9:36-38

I am thankful to know that I can participate with my Father, through praying earnestly and expectantly.

Every Wednesday at 9 am the missionary staff at Esperanza de Ana pray for communities, political leaders, and countries. Please participate with us in these weeks, for the government and church leaders in Peru. And also, ask the Father, "Should I go?"

Video of mudslide just 15 minutes from EA. Video credit: National Geographic