Monthly Archives: August 2016

More photos from La Victoria

I’ve been busy in the last couple of weeks, helping out with the Castillo Fuerte Mercy House program that the Lutheran Mission here has in La Victoria (one of the districts in Lima). Here’s a few photos, highlighting what I’ve been helping with:

El parque Aug 2016 4
On Fridays, we like to spend extra time in the nearby park, playing a lot of games with the kids, and attracting new kids to get them interested in our program
El parque Aug 2016 3
Games in the park
Tarea LV CF 1 Aug 2016 2
As part of our activities with the kids every weekday, we have an hour or so set aside so that we can just help them with their homework
Tarea LV CF 1 Aug 2016 5
Working on homework
Music time at CF in LV Aug 2016
Since coming here, I’ve found that music has been a powerful tool for engaging, teaching, and captivating kids. This is me from earlier today, singing some Christian songs with the kids (who were just a bit more to the right than the camera could capture) while waiting for their next activity
Capilla LV CF Aug 2016
Every weekday we have a chapel service, during which the kids get a chance to hear God’s Word proclaimed
CFEC Aug 2016 2
On Saturday nights, I get to help with the Children’s Bible class. Deaconess Caitlin Worden (who is in charge of the children’s class), busy teaching the kids
Church in LV Aug 2016
Deaconess Caitlin Worden and Pastor Eddie Hosch, drilling the kids on their sermon notes after the church service this past Saturday night

Trip to Lunahuana

These past couple of days I went with Pastor Herb Burch (my supervisor here in Peru) and his wife, Markie on a visit to the villages of Lunahuana and Lúcumo (about three hours south of Lima, where we live) to continue our work at reconnecting with people down there. There had been a strong Lutheran mission presence in that area in the past, and we are looking at restoring our presence there so that more and more people can hear the Good News of Jesus Christ–how we can have forgiveness and life through faith in him.

 

Elvis family in Lunahuana
Visiting with a family in Lúcumo
Lunahuana Aug 2016 2
Walking through Lúcumo
Lunahuana Aug 2016 3
Examining some things that the former Lutheran missionaries had left with one of the families in Lúcumo
Lunahuana Aug 2016 1
Catechesis: Training up the next generation in the deep truths of the faith…which is something that has been missing in Lunahuana in the past couple of years…

Levi Karth–August 2016 Video Blog!!!!!!!!!!!!

You won’t want to miss this latest episode in my video blog!!!!!!!!!!

Also, here’s a story (from my newsletter) on my work in Lima:

The pale, gray sky above fit well with the dusty, run-down factory buildings that I passed by as I navigated past crowds of people, street vendors, stray dogs, and a homeless beggar. After scurrying across a busier street, I turned a few corners, and found myself passing through the neighborhood park. Many parks in the nicer neighborhoods of Lima, Peru are clean, shiny, and pristine, with well-watered grass that is always green and nicely cut. However, being in La Victoria, one of the barrios (poorer neighborhoods) of Lima, such care of the parks was not expected. The grass was a lot more yellow, trash was scattered around the park, and the playground equipment definitely wasn’t as shiny as similar equipment in parks in other parts of the city.

Park in LV

Getting past the park, I traveled just one more block before running into Miss Magaly, one of the teachers in our Castillo Fuerte (Mighty Fortress) Mercy House program. The Castillo Fuerte program in La Victoria is the main way that we reach out to the people of La Victoria, especially focusing on helping the kids in the community through acts of mercy. Through all of that, we find ways to share the Gospel with the kids, their families, and the larger community.

Miss Magaly was heading to the park to find our regular kids and play with them for an hour. After dashing into our Castillo Fuerte site (a few rooms that we are renting out of a factory), greeting the other staff, and then dropping off my heavy backpack, I hurried back to the park to join Miss Magaly and Miss Janette (one of the other teachers). I soon found myself in the midst of a growing cluster of kids, all of whom were already occupied in their play.

After an hour of bouncing around a ball a few dozen times, tumbling down the large, yellow slide, and trying to keep kids from getting too out of hand, the kids got in a somewhat haphazard line (it only takes one kid to throw the whole line off) and followed Miss Janette back toward our Castillo Fuerte site, while Miss Magaly and I followed along. Arriving outside, the kids waited in their line, as one-by-one they talked with Jeancarlos, the director of the Castillo Fuerte site in La Victoria (and also one of my best friends here), and paid him 1 Peruvian sol (about 33 cents—very affordable!) for lunch. Meanwhile, I bounced back and forth between conversations with the different kids, continually building my relationship and rapport with them.

I was soon sitting with the kids, gulping down the delicious food whenever I wasn’t chiming into the random conversations of the kids. Every day they seem to be serving a different Peruvian dish for lunch, so I long ago forgot to ask the exact name for what I am eating, though I am pretty sure that the soup that the kids started out with included different sea food elements (one kid found a fish eye in her soup!) and some noodles. The main dish included rice (a staple food item here in Peru), some kind of beans, and fried fish.

Aug 5 2016 lunch time 2

The clang of forks and spoons mixed with the care-free, joyous noise of excited children chattering away in Spanish, while the teachers moved around, picking up empty plates and bringing in the next dish. Most of the kids went off to their classes, I stayed behind with the slower kids, waiting for them to finish their food.

Not long after that, I got to help teach the daily Bible class to the younger kids. Being the musical missionary, I decided to teach the kids El Señor Resucitó, Aleluya (“Jesus Christ Is Risen Today, Alleluia”), playing along on my guitar. I’ve found working here that music has the power to draw in kids’ attention better than almost anything else, so I try to use music as a teaching tool whenever I can.

A few minutes later all of the kids headed downstairs for La Capilla (chapel service) and got a chance to pray together, confess their faith together in the Apostle’s Creed, hear a Scripture reading, as well as a few other things. After Jeancarlos, who is also one of our pre-seminary students, pulled me up front to quickly explain the Scripture reading, I grabbed my guitar and lead all of the kids in singing El Señor Resucitó, AleluyaAfter saying goodbye for the day to many of the kids, who were headed off to their homes or back to the park, I wrapped up just a few more things before heading home myself.

I could say that what I just described above is an example of what a “normal” work day looks for me…but every day is so different, and I work at several different mission sites, and not all of them are even in Lima. However, two of the constants in my work are that we are always wanting to share God’s Word, and we are always seeking to create relationships with people so that we can lead them to Christ and the good news of new life that we have in him.

Some photos from La Victoria

CF LV Aug 4 2016
Doing some exercises while learning about motor skills

This past week I’ve been hanging out at the Castillo Fuerte (Mighty Fortress) Mercy House in La Victoria (one of the poorer neighborhoods in Lima), helping out with the mercy ministry there. Since the schools have been having these past two weeks their equivalent of the United States’ Christmas break (meaning that the kids are out of school), the Castillo Fuerte has been doing some extra programming, opening its doors to our kids both in the morning and in the afternoon (usually we only have programming in the afternoon, after the kids get out of school). Through the different educational classes, the relationships being formed, and the Word of God being shared, we have been ministering to these kids, preparing them for life in this cold, harsh world while also showing them how, through faith in Jesus Christ, they can hope and look forward one day to being with God in the New Heavens and the New Earth.

CF LV Aug 4 2016 otro
Working hard (hopefully) in the ESL class
Aug 5 2016 lunch time 2
Enjoying the low-priced lunch offered at Castillo Fuerte
Aug 5 2016 lunch time 3
Jeancarlos Ramirez, Director of Castillo Fuerte in La Victoria (the guy standing up on the right) checking on the kids during lunch time.

Aug 5 class time