Missions by Fred Cook (Cuzco, Peru)
Category : Peru
On November 11, 2016, 8 people set out on a missions-building trip to Cuzco, Peru. One of the members, Fred Cook has written the following:
“Mission trips happen when one or two people commit to the task of organizing and encouraging others to go. If we as a church desire to participate in our missionaries’ work, then it takes people, like Bill Day, to pick a date and start working to that end.
I wasn’t a lot of help getting everything ready to go. If Bill needed any assistance, he should have cancelled Hurricane Matthew. I appreciate his diligence in scouting rates and times and communicating with the Powlisons and the team. I’ve probably averaged 12 + hours a day of insurance claims work since Matthew hit, including several hours the morning we left.
If you want to go on a trip, do what it takes spiritually, financially, assisting to the leaders and, on your end, making sure that you can go.
Nancy and I have known the Powlisons better than most of the church’s missionaries. We’ve hosted then while they visited the church, entertained their girls, and corresponded with them some over the years. You may have seen their presentation, or even maybe talked with them, but there is nothing like sitting in their home, eating meals with them, laughing and joking with the whole family, attending their church and working side by side with them. Want to know and understand a missionary? Take a mission trip.
Plan on working; not being a missionary tourist. We sawed lumber, drilled holes, fastened nuts and bolts, (measured twice and still made some mistakes), disassembled, reassembled, and dug some of the hardest dirt. Because all of this activity was at 11,200 feet, we got winded easily, rotated the work to allow frequent breaks and ached. Some of us taught Bible lessons, sang songs with kids, and played red light/green light with the children in Josephine’s House. We all were grabbed by kids, flipped kids upside down, tickled their tummies, and found pleasure in their antics.
We also found pain in their circumstances. A 5 year old muddled in mind and body by fetal alcohol syndrome. Ceaselessly struggling to his feet, drawing a bead on someone and raggedly stumbling to them. Then flinging his arms around their waist laughing and grinning with delight. Then drawing a bead on his next target and off again. Forever a child, but at age 5, finally walking. We saw young boys and girls, well taken care of by loving and caring staff. Better than before, but no forever parents. The wages of sin is all too apparent in the circumstances of the child. Want to be smitten by the penalty of sin and feel the need to cry out for the hope and the power of your God? Take a mission trip.
We left the playground much further along, but still in need of work. We could have sent the money instead and bought several times the amount of work, but we would not have
been touched by the Holy Spirit in the same way as we have. We did get to see some of the sights in Peru, we heard foreign sounds, smelled and tasted new things. We enjoyed a brief comradery as a team, some of which will continue. God touched our hearts and souls. Can we keep it alive?
Does this sound like something you need in your life? Take a mission trip. Be bold. Does it have to be so far away? Maybe start in Socastee, Myrtle Beach, or Surfside Beach. It’s a lot cheaper and no five hour red-eye.
Our many thanks to the individuals that contributed to the team members and to those who contribute the missions program at the church, which helped fund this project.” Maybe you’d like to start somewhere closer to home, then work with the Hill’s in Cherokee this coming July 15-22. Contact Nancy Cook (843-222-5677) or the Missions Committee and you be the one that makes it happen.