Friday, April 9, 2021

To Love the Unlovable – Even the Witch Doctor and his Family

  

 

In the midst of the heart of the Amazon that we call our mission post and home we have been challenged as well as very blessed to have been led to an extraordinary weekly ministry. A ministry that at first,  I felt we were incapable of,  and unfit to handle,  and needless to say, it is not at all a ministry I would have chosen on my own.  However as a family we prayed and decided we could not turn down this opportunity that the Holy Spirit had led us to.  It is an evangelization project that comes with doubt, great fear, a sense of inadequacy, and a need to totally surrendered to Gods will.  

The Holy Spirit indeed led us to one of the darkest homes within our mission field. A home that has been tangled into a strong dark deep web, of lies, lack of faith, lack of love and riddled with the lies of the devil, you see the home we have been led to visit each week is the home of a well-known witchdoctor.

The home sits atop of a hill, and below it are little homes made of bamboo and tin roofs. Despite the lush and grand river which runs along the edge of the community, where in, on the other side of it has fruitful and fertile soil in which grows crops of rice, plantations of mangos and other native fruits, the land where the home sits and reigns is barren like a desert; There is an uneasy feeling among the little community in which the home reigns upon.

We applaud and honor the great concern from the locals who gave many warnings and expressed their fear for us not to minister to those who live in the home, as they voiced their many unsuccessful attempts with the family over the years. Reiterating to us, the family’s grave sin, of practicing witchcraft and the likelihood of them never wanting to convert to the true teaching of our Lord. Despite their efforts, we felt a call not to heed their warnings, instead we felt a strong urge to befriend those who live in the home.

  Leaning fully into the words of Saint Pope John Paul II, as he stated that the “Missionary endeavor requires patience. It begins with the proclamation of the Gospel to peoples and groups who do not yet believe in Christ”.  As a result, we embraced and embarked the ministry of the New Evangelization of the witch doctor and his family, who live atop of the barren hilltop because we felt, we could not let this hour of grace slip by.

  As Lay missionaries, our hearts were filled with the desire to reach the people whom were “baptized but have lost their sense of faith, or even no longer consider themselves members of the Church, and live far from Christ.” Which Pope John Paul spoke about in His Encyclical on the permanent validity of the Church’s missionary mandate, Redemptoris Missio.

We as a family have especially felt called to the people that feel they have no place in church, who feel abandon and detached from the Church due to their life of sin or their ignorance and lack of understanding of God’s unconditional love for all of man.  So with that said this family was no different and we being to feel an urgency to reach this family and to bring them to Christ.

Over the years of living here in Peru we have come to learn and see with our own eyes that many of those here in the Amazon Jungle were at one time evangelized by transient priest or religious sisters over the years, just as the witchdoctor’s family was. However, the lack of discipleship and the lack of journeying with those they introduced to the gospel, only allowed the seeds to drop on rocky soil or was devoured by birds. (Matthew 13:4) The work done was minimum at best which in return did not allow “the Church to take root” or take proper form. (Redemptoris Missio §34) 

Thus, provoking my families call to befriend and disciple the outcasted, publicly feared and certainly misunderstood witch doctor and his family. Our main goal was to befriend the family and to establish an intimate relationship with them that was Christ centered. We knew, for our desires to be successful, we had to truly focus on building authentic friendships and from that point we could than discern and determine the needs of the family as a whole and as individuals; to discover where each family member was in their life with Christ.  It would only be than that we could make the effort to speak the “Truth” of God’s love and mercy to them.

It has been close to a year and a half that we have journeying with the witch doctor and his family, of course our ministry is still on going. Over this time, we have been made aware, to be effective missionary disciples, the need to be aware of our weakness, and sloth in our own relationship with the Lord. Together as a family we have been reminded of the advice found in the book Co- workers in the Vineyard of the Lord, that prayer is the “vital source needed to bear lasting fruit within our ministry.”  

In no way could we ever disciple this beautiful family nor fight the attacks of the devil that we have come against, if we are not grounded in prayer and living in a true authentic relationship with the Lord. So, in addition to our regular prayer time each day, we now vigorously pray for guidance and pray for protection from the evil spirits who lurked within the home and surrounds the area, as we walk the twenty minutes to their home.

It is not easy, we as a family have had to overcome the urge to be forceful and refrain from going about turning and knocking over tables. As we sit in our weekly visits and bible readings with the family, many times, the witch doctor excuses himself to attend to a patient that has walked up desiring a cure for an illness. Knowing that the small animal carried in the clutches of the visitor’s hands is not meant for a payment of service, but a sacrifice to the Gods and Spirits in which the witch doctor will provoke in his ceremony. As we witness the family intertwine Catholic prayers and traditions with those of the underworld, I have personally had to learn to have more patience in my discipleship in hopes to gain the perfect opportunity from God to allow the family to experience the beauty of Christ and His Church, so they may see the goodness, and hear the truth. (Eph 4:15)




Please pray for these little ones.
They have such curiosity about Jesus and with their softened hearts may the seed continue to grow

We have not yet made it to the truth with all the members. Each member of the family is in their own stage and relationship with Christ, some have a softer heart than others. However, it has made us more aware of Christ’s presence among us and His holy work he is allowing to take place among this beautiful family. We have been blessed to see the fruits of our labor by gaining permission from the witch doctor and his wife to pick up three of their four children so they can accompany us to Mass. The oldest girl of the family has expressed a deep desire to learn more about the Catholic faith, so we now have started Catechism classes with her and her two younger siblings as well as three of her cousins who live in the same house.

I would have to say that the most noticeable and delightful change that has come from this ministry is the ability for us to love with the eyes of Christ. “We learn to love the Church by looking at her with the eyes of Jesus, who loved the Church and gave himself up for her”. (Eph 5:25)  I believe and I am confident that we had this love for those whom we found easy to love, for those we found in need of food or home.  However, embarrassed as I am to say, I must admit I was not sure I was capable of loving this misunderstood and feared family because at first, I saw the witch doctor and his family as a threat, as evil.  After all I am only human, and I fall into the blindness and ways of this world, and to be real honest it is a bit scary to think that they believe in spirits of other worlds and the ability to cure people with sacrifices of animals and the shedding of their blood.  



A typical store in the market that sells all kinds of supplies, oils, teas, candles, potions,
dead animals etc.. Often we will stumble across one that even sell rosaries and crosses. 

We had to let go of our fears and we had to fully embrace the essential teaching of the Church; that as the body of the Church, as a lay missionary, that it is essential to understand and love the whole mystical body of Christ even if it means loving the witch doctor and his family. It is this act of sacrifice through our ministry and witness that allows the souls of the separated and loss to know the Beauty, Goodness, and the Truth of the Lord Jesus Christ.

I encourage everyone to love with the same eyes of Christ. We must not be quick to judge, and we must understand and respond to the urgent need of the New Evangelization. We must be open minded and see that not everyone has had the chance to be truly rooted in Christianity much less in the Catholic Faith.

 Yes, there are still many indigent people who live a life intertwined in the beliefs and customs of their ancestors, calling upon their many Spirits and Gods, and in the same breath, they call to the One Triune God.

If one can shutter and gasp at this notion, and wonder in disbelief how could they?; Or better yet call them “savages” or “demons” for doing so; than one must at the same time realize that their salvation and their faith rest in the hands of all the baptized members of the Church.

We should not ignore the yearning within us to journey and disciple with these less fortunate beautiful creations of God. We should recognize the duty we have to bring them to the transforming “Beauty” of our God, the “Goodness” of our Lord, and the “Truth” whispered through the Holy Spirit. We have been commanded to go forth and preach the Good News to all Nations. ( Mt 28:19)  In addition, we must realize the need to do so is urgent, we must go out to all peoples to communicate to them, and share the gift of our encounter with Christ, giving testimony of His “truth and love, joy and hope!”.

Truth be told, once we embrace our identity as missionaries, we cannot help but proclaim the Good News to all those we encounter. It is only when we take on the same heart and words of St Paul, as he said  “Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel” (1 Cor 9: 16) , that we can than truly partake in the New Evangelization and win souls for Christ.

Thank you so much for your generosity and support, both through your prayers and donations to  make it possible for my family to live and serve among Jesus's beloved poor as full time Catholic Lay Missionaries.  




Missionary Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, pray for us!






Wednesday, January 27, 2021

THE WONDERFUL JOYS OF 2020

Greetings, 

 May peace be on our lips and in our hearts! 



We are overwhelmed with great Joy to tell you that we had a wonderful and holy Christmas season and with the New Year upon us, I am so very grateful to share with you all the amazing things that God has allowed to transpire this year because of your amazing faith, prayers, and missionary heart! 

****Warning this blog contains lots of pictures and great news to share!****

 With that said I must say that it is undeniable that 2020 has been a year to remember and full of uncertainty in many ways. However, as Christians we must remember the words of Jesus that are found in the Gospel of Matthew in chapter 7:24-25 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock” 

Praising God, and seeking joy and light in times of darkness is not easy to do at times. However to fulfill are duty as Christian we must understand that we are not called to comfort rather we are called to greatness. And though we can plan out to our likeness and understanding, our lives, we must be open and willing to die of ourselves and follow Christ to the cross.

Despite the rains that come and the wind that blows we can take courage in the words of our Lord and be confident that our home is built upon the rock.  We can find encouragement to do the unthinkable, the undesirable, the unfathomable in times of darkness and the strength to fulfill our mission. 

 Despite the popular opinion of the COVID-19 Pandemic and the discomfort it has caused. It is not the desire of my family to tell you of the negative, but only of the WONDERFUL JOYS it has brought to us as a missionary family and to the poor we live among

 Our plans vs His plans
 If you can remember it was after only 5 months after our family’s arrival to our new post, we found ourselves in the middle of the COVID-19 Pandemic, locked away from those we were sent to serve, hardly having time to acclimate to our new post. Jesus being who he is still found his way to the poorest of the poor, and he opened so many closed doors, both literally and figuratively speaking, for new ministries to flourish despite the repercussions of the virus. 

The fact “we” had created the most perfect missionary schedule pre-COVID and had an idea of what our ministries in our new mission post would look like, we were quickly reminded that those were “our plans” and not His will for us. It was remarkable to see how He unfolded the most thoughtful and precious ministries for us. 

The gift of food 
With your help we were able to reach out to our communities that we began to serve, prior to the pandemic, in hopes to bring food and supplies to their isolated communities. We were able to bring over 500 hungry people food supplies and huge doses of Love and Joy, within a time of great darkness. It was so incredible and humbling to experience the harsh effects of Peru’s strict quarantine, which was put in place in hopes to protect its citizens. The effects of major roadblocks that disrupted the food supply to their remote towns, In an effort to stop the spread of the virus was done with good attention however as weeks went by there was a great need to reach these people with supplies. It was a privilege to be able to serve in this way. 

4 Different Pueblos (500 families) were able to receive 
food during the worst of the COVID Quarantine. 

   One of our friends who owns a bakery in town gave us a greatly discounted price on Hot Fresh Bread for the families. It was a rare treat for the families in the pueblos in the mountains. And of course we included suckers for the children. 

Visiting the sick
We were given special permission by the Priest we serve and by the Military to visit the sick and elderly in our small pueblo of Cajaruaro. Though the military commander bluntly told us that we could not go beyond the borders of our pueblo and we had to be discreet about what we were doing considering we were not to be outside of our homes or visiting others, we still encountered so many opportunities to bring Jesus to the poor. It was an amazing experience and surreal knowing that we were trusted with such Holy work to perform.

Feeling a bit like a tactical team or rescue workers we responded to the calls of those who had fallen ill, isolated in their homes and in need of prayers, bringing along the Holy Eucharist to offer them for strength and healing.

 I am grateful that God over time has stretched my heart in ways I can not even imagine, because I have truly grown to love the ministry of home visits, which creates such great opportunities of profound witnessing and lasting relationships. 



Multiplication 
I must share with you one of our many answered prayers. The prayer that was answered by God as he saw it fit to multiply the Eucharist that was reserved in our little church’s tabernacle. Though the church doors were closed due to the government's restriction each week we would visit Church members in their homes bringing the body of Christ to them after we prayed together. 

Each Sunday my children and I would privately hold celebrations of the word, wherein we would each consume our Lords’ body which had been consecrated by Father Robert prior to the virus. It was a miracle that the consecrated host never seemed to dwindle. 

From March to November, we had not had a visit from our priest, therefore the supply of consecrated hosts was never replenished. It was with great joy and praises of thanksgiving that my family was able to receive such a gift during the worst part of the lockdown and that we could also share with others the bread of life with them during our home visits. 



Dirt to Concrete project 
The miracles do not stop with food supplies or multiplications, if you’re willing to believe we have so much more to be joyful for., like the Dirt to Concrete project.  

It has been such an amazing project that was stirred into existence by the Holy Spirit. I was a bit skeptical due to the state of the world, anticipating that due to the virus many would not be able to share financially to the project. When the Holy Spirit laid the request on our hearts, my first thought was the timing is a bit off. But he assured us that he would prepare the way and that fruits would be born. 

We cannot tell you enough of the blessings we have received as we watched the Holy Spirit move. We started receiving funds for the concrete floors in the month of August. We have to date collected over $4,000.00 for the project. We have already transformed 8 of the 13 dirt floors to concrete. The families are so very grateful for such a gift you have bestowed upon them. You cannot even imagine the change that it has made for these families. Thank you so much. 


Cement and sand makes for some great concrete floors. Above are just three of the 8 floors we have completed. We currently have funds for 5 more. 



      
One of my favorite floor project! Dona Flor, standing in front of her bamboo home with dirt floors. We have removed the collapsing  and very dangerous roof and old bamboo and have poured her concrete floor and built a new tin roof for her. We are confident that the Holy Spirit will make way for her to have new walls soon. 


       
Dona Flor with her new roof and concrete floor


We are still accepting donations for the project DIRT TO CONCERTE if you feel the Holy Spirit is nudging and asking you to make a donation, well he probably is! 

Here a link to the original post : Unbroken Are We: PROJECT - DIRT TO CONCRETE

You can make a donation to the project by going to  https://www.familymissionscompany.com/project/karen-del-castillo/Please place in the memo: Project DIRT TO CONCERTE

If you want to donate to walls to Flor's home you can use the Project name, just add the word: WALLS  ex. Project DIRT TO CONCERTE walls


A Home 
Though the Holy Spirit nudged us for concrete for the poor, that was not all he was asking. Can you believe that Jesus provided funds for us to build a home as well, for a mother of 3 small children. 

Our friend Maritza, which we were blessed to start a relationship with upon our arrival to our new post, had made a life changing decision during the middle of the COVID pandemic to flee her home in the middle of the night and was living in a small home, made of tarps. She courageously made the decision to trust in Jesus and place the wellbeing of her small children over her own desires and after years of living in a relationship which involved severe domestic violence, she felt a tarp home was safer than what she and her children were experiencing in their current situation. 

 I received a phone call from her, one night, Maritza was humbly asking us for help to buy food for her children, when we arrived to deliver food the next day, we were overwhelmed by the home she had made for herself and children. We knew that the Holy Spirit was prompting us not to just help with food or with a concrete floor, I heard the Holy Spirit say, 
"this beloved family of Jesus needs a home".  

I said YES right, that very minute, to the call of the Holy Spirit.  Before I knew it , I told Maritza we would build a home, not even in control of my own words, not even understanding were we would come up with the funds to do so.

 I was overtaken by the power of the Holy Spirit and praise God I was, because if it was left to me I would have said it was impossible. To be real honest,  I probably would have argued with myself the fact that  I was being a bit crazy considering the fact she was only asking for food not a house. But all I could hear was this "this beloved family of Jesus needs a home"

His plans are always so much better than ours and what I had thought would be a service project of just a few concrete floors turned out to be much, much more. 

The funds came in like a gust of wind to us, as the Holy Spirit had already softened the heart of one of our mission partners,  with the thought of donating towards the floor project,  but instead, they were moved to make a sizeable donation to build our sweet friend and her children a small home, oh and of course a home that included a concrete floor. 

It was all hands on deck in the effort to make 1500 adobe brick.
The children worked as hard as the adults. 

We almost cried seeing the walls go up. Almost a month and half went by before we saw this stage. We were blessed to have had help come in to make the walls. Before this it was just My family and Maritza and her children making the adobe bricks. 

This is the result of a lot of work and prayers

Gabriel with Alex handling the job of applying Gesso on the walls. It helps keep insects and lizards out. As well as helps keep the home cool. 
       


                                                 
The family was so excited to go pick out paint and help us paint their home. 

       

My sweet friend Maritza, She is so humble and kind. 

The paint is still drying, but at last Maritza and her children have a safe home to live in. So much more than the tarp and bamboo home she was living in.
Praise God for your faithfulness and your servants heart. 
    


       
Bamboo and tarp home - Before 



New Home 
              
We desire to help Maritza further
 We really desire to build her a bathroom with a shower. Right now they have NO bathroom at all, just a tarp for walls and a hole in the ground. Currently they bath outside with a bucket or in the near by river.

For the inside of her new home we desire to buy her plastic totes to store food and valuables, in hopes to keep insects and mice out, 2 small cabinets, 2 metal bunk beds.  
She currently stores clothes in cardboard boxes and rice sacks. and sleeps on beds made of bamboo. 

If your interested in help this beautiful family further please feel free to contact me and / or  make a donation at:  https://www.familymissionscompany.com/project/karen-del-castillo/Please use Maritza's home as the special project name. 

     


Two hours away we found items like this that would be prefect for her tiny home. 
This cost S/199- so about 67.00 US dollars 

This tote cost s/41.00 which is about 14 US Dollars 

This cabinet would be a great piece for Maritza's home It is about 67.00 US dollars 

Gabriel gives a thumbs up on this bugger one. It is s/ 349which is about 117.00 US dollars 




Fruits of labor
Our Spirit led ministries have borne fruit in such a beautiful and bountiful way. 
Many of those we have journeyed with over the year have overcome their shock of "the Americans" living among them. They have seen us struggle this past year, with the same struggles they have had,  due to the COVID Pandemic.
In some Divine way it has helped us bond with them.  With that said we are so Joyful that they have expressed the desire to know more about the Catholic Faith and the sacraments.  We are so happy to announce that on January the 10th, the day of our Lord's Baptism, we begin sacramental prep classes for adults, teens, and children in two of our communities we have been serving. 

Please pray for them, especially for the 4 couples that have the desire to learn about the sacrament of marriage, please pray that the Holy Spirit will find home in their hearts and that a fire will set within them igniting them with courage to receive such a beautiful gift from Jesus.


Sacramental prep classes 

Communion and Confirmation Prep 

Marriage Prep classes 

Our gratitude
To say the least in the year 2020 we have had so many wonderful opportunities to bring the Love of Jesus to the poor here. 

My family has so much gratitude toward you and your sacrifices that you have made over the past year. It is an honor to be a missionary partner with you. As Baptized Catholics we are called to preach the Gospel at all times, and it is our responsibility to bring it to the ends of the earth. Thank you for doing your part to advance Christ’s Church here in Peru. 

Mother Theresa once said, “Some give by going, others go by giving. The two go hand and hand and without your sacrifices and financial support the work here would cease to exist, as would the mission we have been sent out to complete. 

As full time Catholic lay Missionaries who desire to advance the Gospel to those who have yet heard or know of Jesus's undying mercy, love and forgiveness, we left the world we once knew behind to live in solidarity with the poor. We rely on missionary hearts like yours. 

Thank you for an amazing year, Thank you for your generosity towards the poor, your partnership and financial support. 


Prayers
 I humbly share with you a few of my family’s prayer intentions in hopes you would keep them close to your heart and in your prayers.

  •   Please pray for my Adult son Mason and his wife Maddie as they welcome their 1st child into this world. Parker Mason Del Castillo was born on 1/26/21. 
  •   Also, for my adult son Maccray, as he is about to ask for his girlfriend’s hand in the sacrament of marriage. 
  •   Please pray for my mother who has been in and out of the hospital due to her kidneys failing so that she may have peace during her suffering.
  •   We also humbly ask that you keep Julianna, Gabriel and I in your prayers as Peru once again faces overwhelming numbers of COVID cases and begins to shut down again, enforcing yet again another set of rules and quarantine which will no doubt effect our movements. 
  • Please pray for us as my family discerns this next season about how the Lord is calling us to serve his beautiful people here. We pray that in the months to come we may be able to share with you what he has placed on our hearts. But until than please storm the heavens that so we may have clarity and a willingness to become what he desires of us. 

**Please know we are praying for you, however we would love to pray for you more intentionally, please send us your prayer intentions, it would bless us greatly.





Missionary Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, pray for us!

















Thursday, November 19, 2020

Must be willing to sacrifice comfort !




We pray you are well. It is from our prayer for you that we are blessed and feel immense joy because of the mystical connection from the fruits of prayer that grants us peace and the sense that we are united with you as a family in Christ, despite the fact we are thousands of miles away  from you living in such a different world than we have ever known.

As I found myself this morning lamenting and weeping to our Lord of the discomforts and hardships, we have faced this passed month or so, made me realize that it has been a while since I have updated you. Perhaps it is a passive attempt by our Lord to remind me to humble myself and ask for prayers. As well as a great reminder to not skip my own personal prayer time, no matter how busy the mission here becomes.

I must say that the last 5 weeks or more have been challenging, in the sense it seems that there are not enough hours in the day to complete all the task at hand. Our family routine has all but gone out the window and the effects of mission life has indeed impacted our lives in an uncontrollable way, needless to say the out of control feeling  I have had recently makes me anxious despite the fact the Lord says can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life.” Matthew 6:27

This week has been no different, as we juggle work projects, home visits, funerals, the unexpected knocks on the door from those who seek medicine and food, the relentless heat, having no privacy at home as now our family is now living without walls to our two neighbors (due to our neighbors construction), and I cannot fail to mention the deadly riots in the streets, as yet again Peru impeaches its third president in as many years and the uncertainty that it brings.

Nevertheless as faithful servants of our Lord we know we were called to die to ourselves, we know that we are called to perform corporal and spiritual works of mercy for those we live among. Yet, this month makes me realize how far from a saint I am, because I fight so much to be comfortable, likable, successful, merciful, graceful, joyful all in hopes to become the perfect missionary saint. As I reflect on the life of Mother Teresa and how she ceaselessly gave of herself every day to everyone,  creates an immense desire to strive to become like her, I stand in awe of her compassion and merciful love she had for all. She stands as a reminder of my daily failures despite the fact that, as each day I awake, I pledge my desire to be more Christ like than the day before.  Still at the end of each day as I reflect and discern upon my many failures and sins, I cannot help but remember that I have fallen short once again, You may think of it as a dark time however it is just the opposite as I become filled with joy and gratefulness of knowing of the merciful love and forgiveness Jesus has to offer to the repented soul.

The Lord has indeed been merciful and loving to me by directing me in my prayer time to the book of 2 Corinthians. As Saint Paul writes of human weakness, discouragement, and the difficulty he faces as a disciple of Christ. Two verses resonated with me in which I would like to share with you.

But as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: by great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love; by truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; through honor and dishonor, through slander and praise. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true;” 2 Corinthians 6:4-8

Saint Paul goes on to write

“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12: 9-10

After reflecting on Saint Paul’s words, it makes the familiar quote of Pope Benedict reverberate in my heart as he said But you were not made for comfort. You were made for greatness.” Such words of encouragement. 

My heart became full once again as I was met by Jesus as I prepared this Sunday’s reflection for our remote Pueblos that we visit each Sunday. It is truly amazing how He speaks to us and knows our desires, our troubles, our anxieties, and our weaknesses, because despite all of this He knows we are worthy to be His disciples.

In fact, nowhere in the entire liturgy of the word this Sunday does it say that one must seek personal comfort or their own desires or will.  However within the readings it is clear that we will be judged, and that those who heed the warnings and strives to complete the mission at hand; which is to see Jesus in the face of the poor, to constantly seek them out, careful not to turn a blind eye or use an excuse by claiming  “ that there is no time in the day to care for someone in need” or the best trick of the devil,  believing if you had help someone already that there is no need to help the next beggar you may pass or the next person you may meet that may be thirsty. The call is to give without limits and without anxiety of our own personal needs or discomforts.  As we are called to reflect on this Sunday’s readings the message that we must proclaim with Joy in our hearts and with the upmost confidence that “the Lord is our shepherd, and there is nothing we shall want!” Because through him we can complete our mission despite the hardships and human discomforts we face while completing them. “For nothing will be impossible with God.” Luke 1:37

You are in my prayers and I pray that we all my one day hear the words of Christ say

“Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of the least brothers of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 25:40

I beg of you to please continue to pray for us, we especially ask for prayers that we may remain strong and faithful servants this season.

I have attached a few pictures hoping that they may allow you to feel more connected with the mission here. We are so grateful and extremely honored and blessed to have you as a mission partner. Your generosity to the poor and your merciful love for us fills our heart, thank you!  

 Gabriel is helping mix cement for the footing for the home project. 



Adobe bricks have dried, know its time to assemble the house, but 1st we must make deep cement footing to support the weight of the adobe walls. 

Pouring cement and added rocks to make the footing





Our dear friend Trifiilo passed 11/2 after an aggressive battle with cancer.

         




On October 16 the 1st Mass was celebrated after 7 long months! 


The adjoining walls have been removed and now all three families are living as one.
The left arrow is our home, the middle is our back neighbor, and the right is our neighbor
whos home is under construction.  



Yet another Peruvian President impeached. This makes the 3rd in as many years. 




The word and act of a protest here means the same as in the states, but with a bit of an added twist as protestors created road blocks that restrict travels and goods, fuels etc. to travel in and out of regions. Which impact overall the entire countries supplies. 


All Saints Celebration 



All the little saints made a Rosary walk to the cemetery, where they participated in a celebration of the word and lighted candles for their family members who had passed. 



All Saints day- Our walk back to town, where Father was waiting for the little saints. He judged there presentation of their saint and handed out prizes to the winners. After the children enjoyed songs, games and dinner. 






May we always be Christ's humble servants! 
Karen, Julianna and Gabriel 








We would be honored to receive your prayer request. At anytime you may send them to us through our email address listed below.
 


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

Prayer request
 Email:  karendelcastillo@familymissionscompany.com