Norwich woman returns from Peruvian mission
from Oak Grove Chapel
has returned from a week in Lima, Peru, where she met female political prisoners who are supported by the work of Christian group Hope and Song to Freedom.
There are many political prisoners remaining in jails in Peru who are waiting to be released. Hope and Song to Freedom is there to encourage them and to help meet some of their practical needs through linking supporters here and ladies there.
In recent years, some women have been released, and they meet regularly together to encourage one another. Liz was also able to spend a day with them and hear their individual stories, concerns about their future and pray with them. The ladies also enjoyed a meal in a restaurant together – for most of them, it was the first time they had had a meal out, so it was a real treat and certainly a day they will never forget.
During her visit, Liz visited several families and witnessed first hand how difficult life is for many of them, as they lack so many things which we easily take for granted. Despite the obvious poverty though, she saw a contentedness in the people that is often not so evident back at home.
Thanks to the generosity of supporters back in England, Liz was able to provide some staple food items, such as rice, and toiletries which Miriam will distribute to those who most need it in the weeks to come.
The women who met Liz, whether in prison, or ex-prisoners, were encouraged by her visit and repeatedly expressed their joy that Christians many miles away care about them and pray for them even though they don’t know them in person.
“It is difficult to pick out a favourite part of the week, as every day was full and all of it was so significant” says Liz. “But one thing I will never forget was the day we spent with those who have been released. The latest lady to be out of prison came with her daughter that day, and it happened to be her 16th birthday. Because of her Mum having been in prison, Karin had never really celebrated her birthday properly before. I was able to quickly put a present together for her, consisting of toiletries brought from England. I wrote her a card and presented these to her. She enjoyed the meal in the restaurant too and we all sang ‘Happy birthday’ to her. What is even more amazing though, is that I had brought a dress with me from England, hoping for a special story for it. This dress fitted her perfectly and we were delighted to be able to give her this special treat on her special day”
During the week Liz witnessed time and time again how God’s hand is on all the little details of our lives and she feels even more motivated and challenged about how to develop the work of Hope and Song to Freedom as she looks to develop both the work there and the support base here.
If you feel you would like to be involved in this work which makes a difference in the lives of these women and their families in Peru, please email email@example.com
. Hope and Song to Freedom is a project of the Grassrooots Charity. Their website is www.grassroots.org.uk
Pictured top: Liz with a group of ladies who had been released from prison. Right: Karin wearing her dress.