In April, Rick Dyson led a team of eleven to Cajamarca, Peru. This year represents the 26th year of outstanding service for two of the team members, Rick Dyson and Bill Gragg. Each day, the men woke up early and headed to the wood shop, working hard to complete the new bakery located on the Villa Milagro farm and on many other projects. The construction team helped build new chairs for the children at the special needs school. The ladies hosted a Ladies Bible Study and shared a very special time and fellowship with many of their friends with whom they have built lasting relationships over many years. The North Carolina team also helped lead a three day vacation bible school at one of the nearby annexes of the Monte Sion Baptist Church. Over 40 children arrived during the three day event that was filled with games, songs, crafts, and the GOOD NEWS of JESUS CHRIST.
After an exciting weekend of visiting Monte Sion Baptist Church and spending an afternoon with the children in the San Antonio orphanage, the team started their second week off early serving in the area of Santa Barbara. They helped host a one day vacation bible school, working along side the church members. The team members received an amazing blessing as they had an opportunity to love on and minister to the children and youth in this small community. Also, during the week, the team relaxed and enjoyed a special evening with friends, local national believers and the Villa Milagro staff celebrating the 61st wedding anniversary of Larry and Joy Johnson, founders of Villa Milagro Ministries.
During their two weeks of service, the volunteers enjoyed time in the local markets, shopping for many families in need. After sorting through many donations, clothes, and shoes, the team helped deliver the food and supplies to these families in need. The Lord opened many doors to minister and share the love of Christ. Lives were changed and hearts were broken as the team witnessed first hand those who were suffering in poverty and who are in need of a Savior.
"For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do." ~Hebrews 6:10