Article submitted by Jim and Sue Brannan, Field Coordinators in Peru
The library/learning center is doing very well. We are getting good reports from the community about the work, and some very positive feedback from moms and dads noticing a change in their kids in the past few months.
One funny story is when a dad comes into the center and immediately confronts Pili, a library worker.
“What are you doing with my daughter?!”
Pili confused asks, “Who’s your daughter?”
“Daniela,” he replies.
“What’s the problem?” Pili asks, really confused now.
Daniela is a 9-year-old living across the street from the center who’s had some problems in keeping the center rules at first, but is fine now.
His reply, “She’s saying ‘Please’ and ‘Thank you’ all the time now and is helping out around the house!”
What a relief! Thought we were in trouble somehow.
Another little girl, 8-years-old, came into the center last week, very agitated. She was nervously destroying most everything paper that was in front of her—not good in a library. Sue asked her what was wrong, why was she acting so strangely, was something bothering her and suddenly, like a geyser, she burst into tears. Sitting down with little Andrea on her lap Sue found out that her grandma is in the hospital and so Andrea was sleeping alone for the 1st time ever and couldn’t sleep from fear, worry and feeling abandoned.
Her mom is working in a mining town 4 hours away and her toddler sister was being watched over in the next room by their aunt and uncle who refused to take Andrea in. Andrea thought that her grandma would die and she would be alone at age 8. She didn’t want to pray, she had already done that with a teacher who said now things are fine, told her to be a big girl, then left. In the midst of another teary meltdown, Andrea explained that nothing was changed—her grandma was gone—maybe dead and she was still alone.
Still, Sue and Pili prayed with the little girl. Afterwards she broke into tears again and asked as only a child of 8 can ask: how can she know God is listening? Sue and Pili explained that the Bible says God loves us and is our Father in heaven, has angels watching over His little children. But He won’t spoil us or give us everything we want when He has other plans. Sue then gave Andrea a little stuffed bear (that teams leave us for moments like this) and told Andrea to hold it close to her heart so it can soak up all her love, prayers and hopes for her grandma and to have her mom deliver it to grandma in the hospital when her mom visits in a couple days. Still doubtful, but happy to have a gift for her grandma, Andrea runs home with her gift –but within MINUTES is back in the center with a huge smile, shouting that her grandma is home and that God heard her prayer! She is the happiest kid in the center right now. An answered desperate prayer is such a faith builder.
New attractions at the Christian Learning Center:
- A new hospital-grade microscope with 200 prepared slides
- 8 more jigsaw puzzles for all ages
- 9 new 3D crystal puzzles
- 2 new card games: Phase 10 and SkipBo
- Many new, cool books
- A pickled baby shark in a jar