Twenty-seven young people mostly from one-parent families chose to follow the Lord Jesus at a Bible camp in Peru.
Arriving with a back-pack full of expectations and enthusiasm, 66 youths in total between 12 and 16 years old attended the camp in Comas, a deprived area of Lima, the capital of the South American country.
The camp organisers Siloam Christian Ministries said a heartening 41 per cent of those who attended are looking to the future with hope after the camp, the theme of which was ‘Our Eternal Father’ and which held special meaning for the underprivileged youths who attended.
Most were from one-parent or dysfunctional families, yet gained access to their Eternal Father. Richard Norton, director at Siloam UK, said: ‘Our ethos is to reach out with the gospel wherever needed most. That is why we chose to partner with local believers for our first-ever Bible camp in Peru’.
Games and handicrafts were interspersed with Bible studies and Christian singing. The camp director Mrs Margot Alzamora, who was assisted by Pastor Jack Alzamora, said: ‘It takes about three days for youngsters to really express how they feel about themselves and their difficult home situations. Our caring teachers and counsellors are trained to engage with the children and the issues they face’.
Spiritual victory can defy statistics. Lima area poverty research indicates that 41 per cent of child labourers live in one-parent homes or with other people. Deprived of education, their future appears grim. Yet away from their negative surroundings, many found their heavenly Father.
Siloam Christian Ministries is a charity that also helps blind people in India who suffered with cataracts recover their eyesight through sponsored eye treatment. It uses healthcare, relief aid, and education to share the love of Jesus.