How great are our privileges in Christ Jesus! Without him we stand far off, strangers, outcasts; in him we draw near and touch his kingly scepter. Without him we dare not lift up our guilty eyes; in him we gaze upon our Father-God and friend. Without him we hide our lips in trembling shame; in him we open our mouths in petition and praise. “Praise to the LORD, for he is good, and his steadfast love endures forever.” Amen! And Amen!
As we draw near having the necessary accommodations to house children here in Trujillo, Peru, I can’t help but to associate the excitement (in its proper perspective, of course) of the people of Israel when the temple of God was completed in the times of Solomon. “Then Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of all the assembly of Israel and spread out his hands…then he knelt on his knees…and spread out his hands towards heave, and said, “O LORD, God of Israel, there is no God like you, in heaven or on earth, keeping covenant and showing steadfast love to your servants who walk before you with all their heart.” (2 Chr. 6:1-14) Solomon and the people of Israel where not only ecstatic about the prospect of having God dwell amongst them, but they were also in disbelief. “But will God indeed dwell with man on the earth?” asked Solomon, “Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain you, how much less this house that I have built!” (2 Chr. 6:18)
The answer to Solomon’s question was not only a “yes,” but the reality of God presence amongst man would turn out to be an unbelievable greater reality. God not only would dwell amongst man in the temple, be he would then come down in person through the person of Jesus Christ and He would also eventually purchase with his Son’s precious blood the right to dwell in man’s heats. It always was God’s purpose for a temple to be established, but a shadow of the greater reality of a family; His family. It is not a coincidence that both in the Old Testament and in the New Testament the word for house (bayith, oikos) is rooted in the concept of a family. For it was always God’s intention for a temple to be a home and a home to be a family and a family to be an assembly of individuals whose heart would be His Home…and thus transforming us into the temple of God. (1 Cor. 6:19)
It is too our hope here in Inca Link Peru that this Children’s Home would be step-one in God’s purpose to dwell in the heats of the children who will live here. Step-two then would be for these buildings to become their home. Step-three then would be for this home to become a family and for each individual child from this family to become a temple of God.
Nonetheless, like when Solomon built the temple, and like when Ezra rebuild it, and like when Jesus purchased our bodies on the cross –the opposition and the price has been high. The Children’s Home here in Trujillo has faced opposition within like Solomon did. It has faced opposition from without like Ezra did. It has also faced opposition from both sides like Jesus did. But thanks be to God, that His purpose cannot be frustrated. So, to all of the faithful supporters who have been committed to this great project says the LORD, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, of the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9).
So it is with great expectations that we await for the groups visiting us this summer because all year our prayers have been and continue to be that we would have children this summer and we believe it will happen. Thus, it is with great pleasure that we inform the first group that they will be painting the Dining Hall; kick off the first step towards having children. “Now, O my God, let your eyes be open and your ears attentive to the prayers of this place.” (2 Chr. 6:40)
written by: Ignacio Mireles
|The Teams and Interns have arrived!!Starting on May 23rd, the interns flew down to Bogota, Colombia to start intern training. Inca Link has been doing training “amazing race style” for the past 5 years, and this was the first time we’ve been able to include our location in Colombia!! It was a HUGE success, as they flew to Peru, then took the 28+ hour bus up to Ecuador to explore the jungles and cities there. After learning to croche, eating chicken’s feet, painting walls, shooting a blow gun, drinking chicha, skimboarding, making their way through the water park, and completing team building activities, they are READY!Training for the interns is much more than just a physical challenge, but it’s an emotional and spiritual strengthenging for the interns to see God in the midst of all the craziness of life. Wherever you go, He is there, and wants to help you! Please pray for each of our interns this summer as they serve the ministries and teams this summer.