Peru mission for Norwich Christian student
A young student from Norwich, currently at university in Bristol, is helping the work of Norfolk-based Christian charity Hope and Song to Freedom in Peru for three weeks during April.
Isabelle Neill, who attends King's Church when in Norwich, met Branco Vargas when he was visiting England last year, during which time they enjoyed singing in Norwich Youth for Christ's choir.
Isabelle had spent some time in Lima, Peru during her gap year previously and fell in love with Branco's country. Isabelle became friends with Liz and Andy Lake whilst Branco was staying with them and learned of the work they do with Hope and Song to Freedom. She always hoped to go back to Peru one day and perhaps visit Branco and meet his family.
Isabelle is studying media practice and has gone to Peru for three weeks to take some photos and record some documentaries, which she will be able to use for her studies. She wants to use this time to be able to do some work with Hope and Song to Freedom too and she has so far been involved in the children's ministry as well as a prison visit!
She is joined by her friend Sarah Johnson from North Wales, also studying in Bristol. During their stay, the girls are also hoping to meet up with other Christian individuals and groups working in the Lima area. The girls did a lot of fundraising before they left and are able to bless many needy people as a result.
Isabelle reports: "It's such a blessing to spend time with this amazing family and get to be part of so many different projects! We hope that we are being a blessing in return! We feel like we have been in God's hands. He has provided an amazing amount of money through our fundraising efforts, meaning we can help in lots of ways for the kids' club, prison visits and different families."
The girls will in Lima until April 28. You can follow their adventures on www.lossuenosperu.tumblr.com
You can find out more about Hope and Song to Freedom at the Celebrate Norfolk event in June where they will have a stand.
Click here to read our previous article on this project.
Pictured above are Sarah and Isabelle with local Hope and Song worker Miriam on the day of their visit to Santa Monica Prison.