Hopeful Thoughts

Last week three women (mom, wife, and sister) came to our house asking if we could help a family member who needed to go to Lima for surgery.  We didn't fully understand what the problem was or what exactly they were asking for, so we made a few inquiries to people we trusted.  We heard rumors that if this young man couldn't get to Lima, he would die.  We also heard that he had painful kidney stones, but would be fine.  Finally, we talked to the local doctor, and found out that this young man's situation was very serious, because of some added complications with infection and hydration issues, and if he didn't have surgery soon, his life could be in danger.   We went to visit Eber, to pray with him and find out exactly how we could help.  We saw that this young man was suffering greatly, and also discovered that he was anticipating the birth of his first child any day.

I'm not exactly sure what Eber thought about the prospect of his long term future, but I can on…

Edwardo's Healing

A few weeks ago, Edwardo and his abuela (grandma), joined a small group of us in travelling into Picota for the Feast of Corpus Christi, where we attended Mass followed by a Eucharistic procession.  I was happy to see this young 10-year-old boy interested in joining us for Mass, a gift the people of Leoncio Prado rarely have the privilege of receiving.               After this outing, I didn’t see Edwardo for quite some time, only to find out he had been in bed for the past two weeks due to terrible wounds on his feet.  These wounds continued to spread and worsen all over his body.  When I went to visit Edwardo, my stomach churned at the sight of his wounds.  I worried about the possibility of what could happen to this young boy if it didn’t start taking a turn for the better.  I prayed with Edwardo for healing.  I began by walking him through making an Act of Faith.  He proclaimed his belief in Christ and His power to heal.  I asked Edwardo if he was carrying any sins that might be …

Beginning Our Ministries

One day we started talking about what ministries we would like to focus on in Leoncio Prado.  This was a pivotal moment for us,  moving beyond pure survival mode into intentionality!  Praise the Lord, we made it!  Recognizing that the opportunities are plentiful, we decided it was time for a three day in home family retreat asking the Lord to guide us.

One fruit of our retreat was born the idea of a Healing Ministry.  So many people were sharing with us they or a family member was sick with: cancer, diabetes, degenerative arthritis, chronic pain, serious liver damage, etc. It felt like a heavy burden wondering what to do for these people.  The Lord was telling us to bring people to him, and the weight was lifted.  We scheduled a three day healing retreat while the SSME (Summer School of Missionary Evangelization) group was in Peru to help us kick off this ministry.

The second ministry we decided on was to schedule a day of the week when we do home visits.  We have already met many of…

Growing in Virtue

“It is good that everything is not always to our liking; for adversity makes people look into their hearts in order to realize that they are exiles and must not put their hopes in any worldly thing.”  The Imitation of Christ
My prayer is that through this experience of mission life, we can have our eyes more solidly fixed on the Lord.  I must admit at first glance, I might think that we are failing in this goal.  But, upon more reflection, I recognize that gold is tested by fire, and the struggle we are living is refining us.  
Never have I been so grateful for the everyday things in my life.  When you are never quite sure if you will have running water when you wake up in the morning, leads to a true gratitude the mornings you do.  The more homes I walk into, the more I realize it is a luxury to have a ceiling, and I am truly grateful we had the ability to put simple plywood ceilings in our bedrooms.  Living in a house that has rooms with floors that cannot be mopped, fills my heart …

Perspectives in Peru

We have been in Peru for 2 1/2 weeks.  We have had a lot to process as life here is very different from our life in Minnesota.  Our children want to share some of their perspectives with you!

By Isaac Becker
We live in a little pueblo in Peru, about one hour away from the nearest town called Picota, where we go for Mass.  We live about 2 hours away from Tarapoto, which is a city big enough that it actually has mail service and a grocery store.  We are living on the outskirts of the dense Amazon jungle and have come as Catholic Missionaries!  The area out here is very lush and beautiful, but it is also a very poor area.  Most of the houses are made out of mud. There are many new, exotic fruits here that you cannot find in the United States.  We have a large seven bedroom house, though it is very different from the one's back home.  There is no glass or screens in the windows and there is no ceiling.  There is nothing to stop the bugs and bats from flying in and it is always very h…

Estudiando Español

Thanks be to God, we have completed our first week of Spanish school!   We are so grateful for the opportunity to work towards attaining a good foundation of the Spanish language for our life in Peru. We spend our mornings in class and our afternoons studying.  Jason is bombarded with a ton of new vocabulary, and spends many hours on flashcards.  I have the advantage of coming in with some knowledge of Spanish, so I have been recalling and refining what I already once knew.  It has been very helpful for both of us.

I asked the kids to share some of their thoughts on our time in Guatemala and language school.  Isaac and Gemma are really jumping in and are trying hard to learn Spanish.

Gemma said, "I have learned a lot of words, phrases, and rules already.  Now, I need to work hard to memorize them.  I am happy we are going to language school, so that I can talk better to the people in Peru.  Guatemala is helping prepare me for Peru."  Gemma has been making flash cards for h…

Send me Lord! I will follow!

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”  Isaiah 6:8

We are called as missionaries to go where ever the Lord sends us.  We have said, "Yes, we will follow!"  If that means to minister to His people in Malawi, we will go.  If that means to minister to His people in Peru, we will go!

Our mission post has been changed.  Malawi was a new mission post for FMC.  There was currently only one family at that post.  Their family recently went through a traumatic experience, which brought them back home.  Since there will be no one to welcome us, we will no longer be going to Malawi, Africa.  Instead, we will be serving in the jungles of Peru, South America.

At first our hearts were very sad at the loss of our mission to Africa.  We made plans with the other family in Malawi, we researched the country, we felt united as a family to be sent to Africa.  We were ready to go and love the people of Malawi.  Tha…