This week we are starting our 1st floor project here at our mission post.
Dirt floors are a common feature here for the poor in Peru, as it is in many other developing countries.
It is amazing how the women here can keep them so clean. I cannot imagine what a person would think if they were invited into a home with dirt floors in the United States, much less live in a home with dirt floors.
Since last October we have been invited to many homes where that is just the case. We have been blessed to get to know many people who live with the earth under their feet. When it rains it’s the leaky roof that creates the perfect scenario for mud, if it is not the leaky roof, than its the poor drainage around the home that soon allows a river to run through the living space.
We also know that dirt floors prove to be ideal carriers of parasites, viruses, and bacterium, which cause diarrheal, skin, and respiratory diseases. These illnesses contribute to anemia, parasitic infestation, and malnutrition. Not to mention we can probably add to the list the deadly COVID – 19 Virus that is now able to breed in this perfect environment.
Through our service over the last past three years with the Medical Mission team here in Peru we know of the intense medical concerns that dirt floors create. However, with that said we also feel like this is an opportunity that Christ desires for us for many other reasons. To name a few, one is because it gives us the opportunity to love the poor as Christ does. Secondly, it will give us an opportunity to work alongside these families, to bond and unite with them. Lastly, we hope that it creates a burning desire within the hearts of the poor, that inspires them to know Christ and his immense love, so much, that it propels them to seek Christ and to have a relationship with Him.
With that said we have been moved by the Holy Spirit to turn the dirt floors among us into concrete floors. We have enough funds to complete our 1st home. The average home here will take 800 soles to transform their dirt floors to concrete. Which is roughly $300.00 US dollars.
Obviously, we do not know how many homes we can complete. To be honest, that is up to the Holy Spirit. Our hearts have been moved and we desire to be faithful to this special project. We pray the Holy Spirit will find already softened hearts among you that hear the same call to help transform the floors of the poor from dirt to concrete.
We invite you to please prayerfully consider if this is a project that the Holy Spirit desires you to help with.
If the Holy Spirit stirs in your hearts, please donate to this special project at the following link:
In the memo or in the special message box please add: Dirt to Concrete
Or by sending a check to:
Family Missions Company
Attn: Karen Del Castillo
12611 Everglade Road
Abbeville, LA 70510
In the memo write: Dirt to Concrete
“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell—and great was its fall!”