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Projects done in Peru by congregations that received Mission Match® funds

June 2003

Congregation in Indiana conducts Vacation Bible School in Peru   (click to open/close)

A United Methodist Church in Indiana took a team of 11 to Peru to conduct an international Vacation Bible School (VBS) program at a United Methodist mission church, reaching children of the church and the local orphanage. According to the congregation's report, many of the children only attend school half-day, so the additional VBS programming was greatly appreciated by the parents as it kept the children off the streets while the parents were at work. According to the congregation's reports, the team provided not only the supplies and curriculum; they also provided training to the local church leaders so that they can lead such events in the future. During the time in Peru, the team had the opportunity share the gospel with the children as well as providing testimony, witness and teaching during other times to children and adults. The team held parent education sessions on hygienic health care. "Fun packs for health care" were distributed at these nightly workshops, along with information for nutritional care, spiritual growth and parenting skills. Children at the orphanage also received personal health care packages. "I am positive that lives were touched in the name of Jesus Christ in ways that we cannot imagine. The spirit of Jesus Christ is so very much needed in that part of the world and yet in other ways, it is so very much alive as you watch adults and children alike hear the word and message of God's Grace through Jesus Christ," reported one of the Indiana team members in follow-up comments to Mission Match.