Monday, July 2, 2012

Here are some photographs of school kits that were assembled in Lima, Peru and distributed to many different communities in the Amazon Jungle region of Peru.  Our senior couple, Elder Scott and Sister Carol Nelson coordinated the humanitarian project.  In total, about 2,000 school kits were distributed to needy children.  In Peru the parents or family members must purchase the necessary materials for their children to be able to attend school.  In many of the poorer communities the children drop out of school at an early age because the parents do not have the money to buy the necessary school supplies.  The money that the members of the Church donate to the humanitarian fund is used for projects like the one coordinated by the Nelsons.  Many of the children who received the school kits would not have been able to attend school had it not been for the help provided by the Church.

Don't you just love the bright primary colors! 

The children who received the school kits especially like the carrying bags.  The bags become “all purpose bags.”  As you will note, the name of the Church is prominently displayed on the outside of each bag.  When we travel to the city of Nauta where a branch of the Church was established 10 months ago we see children walking around town with their bags.  Thousands of people in many communities in the Amazon Jungle region of Peru now have a better appreciation for the Church and of the great humanitarian service that the Church provides.  We do not have enough missionaries to send to all of the communities where the school kits were distributed, but someday when we do receive sufficient missionaries I am certain that the Church will be well received. Thank you for your generous contributions, these funds are really used to help those in need.

In Peru getting married has become a very complicated and costly affair so many people just live together without getting married.  God's commandments are very clear that a husband and wife need to be married.  Living together becomes an obstacle for those who want to be baptised into the Lord's church.  Once people understand why God wants a husband and wife to be married they are anxious to observe this commandment.  Our missionaries are becoming very good wedding planners as well as teachers of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Before their mission they had no idea they would become the world's best wedding planners.  The missionaries joke about it, but they know how to get couples married here in Peru.

Elder Ferreyra and Elder Gneiting just helped two couples get married then baptized.  There is no sweeter joy then the joy these two missionaries just experienced. These families lives have been changed forever.
First the wedding......

.........then the baptism.......
A father, mother and two sons were baptized.
"And now, if your joy will be great with one soul that you have brought unto me into the kingdom of my father, how great will be your joy if you should bring many souls unto me."

The windows of heaven have been opened here in Peru for our missionaries to be able to get couples married.  When road blocks stand in our way we always have to look upward to find solutions. 
We teach the missionaries to seek inspiration for every problem they encounter.  The spirit inspires, teaches and guides them.  
The inspiration of the spirit is our greatest gift from above.

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