Thursday, May 21, 2020

As Christians we are called to LOVE! 

We are on day 66 of quarantine here in Peru. But really who’s counting! If you can imagine how shipments of food and how the entire population is suffering because they are not allowed to return to work. Still today we are currently in the phase that if you are not Police, Medical or a Food vendor you are not allowed out of your home or on the streets. 

Rightfully so considering the daily number of those infected by the virus is still on the rise here. The lack of hospital beds and the lack of oxygen to help care for the sick is greatly becoming a frightening issue. 

However despite the virus’s evil attack on human life, God’s love is so much greater. The gift of encountering His merciful love each new day and a chance to spread that same Godly love to others around us mustn’t be wasted.

With that said we have been trying for so many weeks to gain permission from the authorities to deliver food to the sweet people we serve. To the point we felt that our requests were going unheard and unanswered. 

However, after feeling like we had been waiting for an eternity to our delight we heard a knock on our door. 
When I opened it, to my surprise it was the Military telling us we could deliver food. 

The only problem that we faced was how would we purchase the food. I quickly sent an email to a wonderful benefactor and within the hour the funds were in our account. 

Within days we had purchased three loads of food that consisted of 500kg bags each of rice, potatoes, and sugar. Over 300 lbs of pasta, cooking oil, milk and fresh baked bread. Which was not easy to accomplish due to Military road blocks and the fact the government shutting down the market because of the 250 vendors that tested positive for the virus.
 Needles to say the supply and demand chain has been violently interrupted in our area, as I assume to be the case in most areas of Peru. 

So here is a very amateur video of what it looks like to deliver $1,000.00 of food to such sweet beautiful people. Praise God for a benefactor’s bountiful donation that allowed us to feed over 150 people in three different pueblos that we serve in.

There are so many uncertain things here within our mission post due to this pandemic, however the one thing that remains the same is that each day we must Love as he Loves us. 

Our goal for sharing this video is to invoke within your heart the urge to Love Christ and all His people with all your heart! 

If you feel called to support our mission or would like to donate towards providing food during the epidemic please follow the link below.…/karen-del-castillo/

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Greetings to you and your family

 Today on the second Sunday of Easter,  wherein the Church celebrates Divine Mercy Sunday,  we are praying especially for you . 

The last month or so has been extremely trying for all of us. There are so many who are suffering from the hardships that have been evoked by the deadly Corona Virus. I am certain if you yourself have not been affected,  you know someone who has. Perhaps if not affected by the virus directly,  the economical trials, mandated isolation requirements, and the closing of schools and churches have totally changed our lives. We ourselves quickly found out,  the spiraling effects of being Americans in Peru during this epidemic,  comes with new challenges. 

Not to mention the mental aspect of it all. Perhaps it is easier to say “we have no worries”, however we must at some point admit , even if we like it or not, times are pretty traumatic, and uncomfortable to say the least. A desire to return to normal is sensed throughout the world. There is an urgency among us all to be able to return to our normal lives. It seems all unreal, but the seriousness of borders closing; such as our situation here in Peru,  to the jokes about people suffering for the lack of a haircut, women suffering because their true hair color is showing and let’s not forget the jokes surfacing on social media about the pounds people are putting on because of the inability to leave their homes has become everyone’s so called normal state of life. There is no denying it,  and no sugar coating the traumatic changes the world has and will face in the months to come.  The unknown and the inability  to control one’s own life can be SUPER SCARY and a REAL SUFFERING.  

But we must not forget to rejoice in our suffering and fears. In the second reading today Saint Peter reminds us that “In this you rejoice, although now for a little while you may have to suffer through various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold that is perishable even though tested by fire, may prove to be for praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 1: 6-7.  Yes even in times we feel we are in the middle of a fire we should lift up our voices and praise God. So today is a wonderful reminder that we should embrace the opportunity of suffering that we are faced with today. 

Let us today be reminded of His Mercy for us and remember the act of praying “For the sake of His Sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.”  We cannot  forget the Divine Mercy He has for us all, Jesus Suffered and died on the Cross for each one of us. From our lips we must proclaim the miracle of his death and resurrection and together cry out We proclaim your Death, O Lord, and profess your Resurrection until you come again.” We mustn’t forget He is among us today, even during this pandemic. 

Do not think for a minute Jesus does not know of our sins, desires, needs, and sufferings. That being said we should not be afraid to bring our sins, fears and anxiety to the Lord, no matter how big or small they are. Let us not forget that It is through our sufferings that we are united with Christ.  Which is why we need to cry out today of all days, JESUS I TRUST IN YOU! 

Please remember to send us your prayer request! It is such an honor and a blessing to storm Heaven on your behalf.  You can send them via email to:

We appreciate your prayers and support for our family as we try to find unique and different ways to reach those we live among during these trying times. This past month we have experienced a lot of change in plans, and in our ministries. We have adjusted to the new normal of quarantine and nightly curfews and are adjusting to military patrolling our streets,  by clinging to Jesus.  

Saint Faustina, Pray for us!  

We thank you for your prayers and your support. 

Without the sacrifices made by each of you this work would be impossible. 

Prayer request


Karen,  Julianna and Gabriel Del Castillo 

Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your Dearly Beloved Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.
For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world. 
Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion—inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself.

Sunday, April 5, 2020

I never knew living in solidarity with the poor meant being lock away from them for weeks.

 I cannot help but think about what Saint Paul must have felt when he was imprisoned. As his ministries were halted and he was unable to share the Good News to those who needed it the most.  However Saint Paul did not sit idle during his confinement when the authorities halted his mission, instead he made a choice to spend his days serving the Lord.

Although not imprisoned, my family and I are on a government quarantine, as all of those who live in Peru. As the days have gone by the quarantine and it’s restrictions have only increased. With the military and police having full authority to arrest or use deadly force to those who do not comply.  Our current situation only allows men to go out on certain days within certain hours and women on the opposite days can go out. With Sunday being a day that no one at all, can leave their homes. It has been challenging to say the least. However we are grateful to live in Peru and for the Presidents fast and strict actions to prevent the virus from spreading.

Obviously our mission as we have known it to be has been grounded, halted to a dead stop;  we have been unable to go out to our normal ministries since the 16th of March. However as Saint Paul did we have chosen to spend hours in prayer each day,  for the world and for each of you, and for all the sweet people we live among.  

From our confinement also came a wonderful blessing of sore and blistered fingers from making crosses out of coconut leaves. Understandable they are not palm leaves but it was the best our beautiful friend Jose could bring us, considering the current state of emergency Peru is in.  

Our desire was to make as many as we could before Palm Sunday;  and with a lot of  prayer maybe somehow,  God would open the way for us to hand deliver them to our friends around town without getting in trouble or arrested.

Although we desired to make fifty of them, we found it impossible to complete in just 2 days. Though we did not even come near to our quota,  we were successful in making 20 crosses. We were granted permission from the police, that allowed us to deliver the crosses to those we live among.  Many of those we delivered the crosses to were surprised to see us. They had thought we had left them,  and went back to our home in America,  because of the virus. We simply answer “of course not, this is our home, here with you.

It was this simple act of courage, that we made to stay with them, although locked away from each other, that brought such unity and love.

Please remember at any time please feel free to send us your special prayer request.   
You can send them to us by email:

We thank you for your prayers and your support. 
Without the sacrifices made by each of you this work would be impossible. 

Karen,  Julianna and Gabriel Del Castillo 

Sunday, March 22, 2020

 I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart;

 I will tell of all the marvelous things you have done! 

Psalm 9:1


My children and I wanted to reach out to each of you and share with you regarding our current situation here in Peru as we are on a mandated quarantine here. We desired to give you a brief update and to also connect with each of you in this time of uncertainty and despair among many.  First of all we would like to remind everyone that this is a time we must unite in prayer and praise God for his faithfulness and love for each of us. We are reaching out to you,  not because we have great courage or strength but because we are weak and feel the need to be united with you, our sweet brothers and sisters in Christ, in prayer during this difficult time. 

So be strong and courageous, all you who 

put your hope in the Lord!- Psalm 31:24

Julianna with her prayer team
Last week March the 8th through the 14th my family and I were blessed by the opportunity to join our fellow missionaries in our old mission post about 9 hours south of us. We joined together to bring medicine, vitamins and two Doctors and two Physical Therapist from the United States to the poor of 6 different pueblos. Julianna served in the prayer station set up at each clinic, she and her team prayed 
with all the patients for Gods healing. Gabriel and I had the task to teach in the education station, were we taught about the importance of washing hands, brushing teeth, diabetes, a healthy diet and drinking water.  

During the clinic we were blessed with so many encounters with the Lord. The witnessing of so many miracles that Jesus performed during the medical mission trip must not be forgotten.  The smiles and the changed hearts we encountered should fill our hearts and last us a life time. For example the beautiful woman pictured below, who walked with her sister over 5 hours away to make it to the clinic. The things we take for granted in the United States and would be frustrated and appalled if we had to do the same. But this lovely woman was so grateful and overjoyed to be able to travel the distance to the free medical clinic. These witnesses and encounters we shared should be indeed cherished forever. 
This sweet women walked with her sister about 5 hours to get to the medical clinic 

I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart; 

I will tell of all the marvelous things you have done.

Psalm 9:1

But as we are human we fail and in the blink of the eye we can become over whelmed and become highly at risk to forget how good is our God. As we wrapped up the medical mission trip and planned to make the drive back to our mission post we heard that the President of Peru was closing the boarders and placing the country on a mandatory quarantine. With police and military on the ground directing traffic and warning everyone to go home and stay inside,  I heard a voice tell me to “go, go now”,  so we rushed to fuel the truck and pack our belongings as we prayed for open roads, for the ability to refuel along our journey and for Jesus to guide us back through the long journey home. Praise the Lord we were able to make it back to our small town of Cajaruro just in time before the road blocks were enforced. It was in an instance that our world here turned upside down, with absolutely no warning. Sunday night  the President made the announcement and by Monday the airport was closing. By Tuesday the enforcement of the no travel band was in place. No one absolute no one was to be out.   

Military posted everywhere, these guys just walking about town stopping people they saw walking around or driving.

Not normal for the USA, but we are glad to see the Military out in such force. 

We are in day 6 of the 15 day quarantine and it seems this day,  Saturday is a calmer day. The children and I have been diligent and obeying the mandatory quarantine only going out to the local Bodega (store) to make our daily food purchases. As the great Commandment tells us to Love our neighbors as our self’s, we as a family feel very passionate about adhering to the strict regulations during this time. We of all people around us have been exposed to so many different people in the last week. Because we served with the medical mission trip which consisted of 30  missionaries some of which were full time missionaries living here in Peru and others that are based out of FMC’s home base,  and 5 short term missionaries from different parts of the United States we run a high risk of bringing the virus to are small and closed off community. After all, over the course of 5 days we were in contact with over 100 patients each day. To top that off my family even made two trips to the Tarapoto airport dropping of and picking up people.  So needless to say we as a family feel the duty to remain quarantined in hopes to not contaminate anyone else in the event we have been infected by the virus ourselves. 

We must remain faithful even though at times there is no hope, we must be the light for others to know there is better times and a better life to come. For instance on Wednesday we experienced high winds here in our small town, the impact and the force of the winds destroyed many bamboo homes and blew off many tin roofs. Within the last 6 days of the quarantine we  have experienced a day without electricity and a few days without water. And instead of losing hope we must praise Jesus and His Holy Name that we have not had to go with out for long, those who had homes destroyed have found shelter until the quarantine has lifted. Yes there is a huge show of armed military and police officers throughout our small town and we are forbidden to leave our town unless it is for a medical reason or to buy food. But they are here to keep order and to enforce the law in this state of emergency. And to be frankly honest they are doing an amazing job thus far. Though it is not common to see in the United States a show of force from our military within the country I expect it is a common display here in Peru.   One can have a negative outlook and a harden heart about what we are experiencing. But we must not forget that earth is not our eternal home. We were sent here to complete our mission, not to have worldly goods and comforts, we must not forget that in our next life we will not suffer.  Pope Benedict XVI is attributed with saying the following: “The world offers you comfort, but you were not made for comfort. You were made for greatness!” We should let his words sink in. These times are uncomfortable and scary. Believe me I have had to re-focus my worries to prayer many times in the last 6 days. It is not easy for anyone to live in a third world country but under these times it is especially trying and frightful to say the least. 

Morning after the storm blew through 

Morning after the storm blew threw

I truly want to encourage each of you to take this time of Isolation as a gift, in our suffering we must remember we are united with Christ. We should not panic and we should not be upset for having to change our plans. We should instead have joy and sing praises to the Lord our God,  who does not ever abandon his people. We are in the time of Lent a time of Alms Giving, Prayer and Penance and nothing should keep these things away from us. Yes our Churches have closed, but we must be overjoyed by the faithful and saintly priest that are still celebrating the daily Mass,  all over the world allowing us the body of the church to unite with the Head of the Church, the Bride Groom, whom is our Lord and savior. We should feel we are united with Christ in these desolate and trying times. After all Lent is a reflection of Jesus’s time in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights without food and water. He was tempted by the devil 3 times but even than he remained obedient and focused on His prayer. I cannot help but feel we are called to do the same. 

Please know that we are praying for each one of you. I beg of you to join my family in prayer as we fervently pray for an end to the virus and the quarantine. Most importantly we pray for the safety of all our missionaries around the world whom have been effected by the closing of borders, and mandated quarantines to keep them safe from any threats or outbreaks of violence. Please keep all of us safe as we continue to serve your people. We especially pray for the first responders, including my two sons Mason and Maccray and the doctors and nurses whom do not have the option to stay home.  Lord God we pray for you to remain close to us and to breathe your spirit of peace among each of us during this time.   Amen

Please remember at any time please feel free to send us your special prayer request.   You can send them to us by email:

If this Lenten season you feel called to help support our families mission here in Peru, Please donate by following the link below:

We thank you for your prayers and your support. 
Without the sacrifices made by each of you this work would be impossible. 

Karen,  Julianna and Gabriel Del Castillo 

A wonderful group of missionaries, it was an honor to serve a week with them, 

The doctor found a way to entertain his patient 

Gabriel wanted to help this gentleman make it through the medical stations

Waiting for the Doctor 

Gabriel made it to the small make shift pharmacy with his patient.