Students Ruiz Peru

Peru: A Day of Celebration

When I got here in Peru, I promised the kids from the feeding program that I would throw them a party, celebrating those who would memorize all their Bible verses. All kids from the program were invited, and the theme would be “superheroes.”

It would go perfectly with the Bible lessons we had been doing, since we were studying heroes from the Bible and learning ways each one of us could be a hero in our community.

students ruiz balloons300We were to have the party at 1:20 p.m., when the kids normally arrive at the program. Apparently, some kids did not have class that day, because they showed up eagerly at 9 a.m. They were amazed when they saw the decorations, the piñata, the cake and the gifts.

They were even more excited to find out they would be eating tacos that day. This would be their second time having tacos. They had been begging me to make them some, since they had loved them the first time I had made any.

I was amazed to see all 36 kids show up. I divided them into two groups and started conducting games. The kids were laughing, screaming and jumping. Everyone wanted to be part of the fun.

After the games, we broke the piñata, and I handed out their gifts. It was thrilling, because 16 out of 20 of my kids memorized their verses. They were excited to receive their gift, party bag and a slice of cake. Toward the end of the party, we had an additional contest that involved Bible trivia. It was my favorite part to hear the kids shouting out Bible characters and verses.

Nobody wanted to leave. They did not want the party to end.

Seeing their lovely smiles and hearing them scream and laugh filled my heart with joy. For some kids, this was the first party they had. They memorized Scripture and played together. It usually always rains, and in this day, as soon as we finished our party it started raining. I know God had planned this day before I had even arrived.

It reminded me God is in control of absolutely everything. The Scripture is now in their hearts, and it will not go to waste.

Janet Ruiz, a student at the University of Texas-Pan American, is serving with Go Now Missions in Peru.

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