Lima, Peru - My Family Travels
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              Last summer, I went to Lima, Peru, a beautiful city with not so beautiful slums. I stayed at the El Pueblo resort, a beautiful resort with lush, green grass and beautiful pools. Right outside the gate of this beautiful place is a completely different world. Outside my little world of the resort were the worst living conditions I have ever seen. But inside those houses were beautiful people that were more amazing than the resort I stayed in. The smiles of the children were adorable and just took my breath away. I was lucky enough to help out the people living in the slums during my two-week stay in Peru. The people were very willing to let me and my friends wash their hair (some of these people have never had their hair washed before), their clothes, and paint if need be. These people just need love. Many of them do not know Christ and so my group from Big World Ventures and Brio Magazine was able to lead many of the Peruvian people we met to Christ. I was around some children when this little girl took my hands and just held them. Then I gave her a hug and she told me her name was Stefanie, so I told her my name and she continued to hold my hands for a minute or two longer. Experiences like this are what make Peru special.

            When outside of the slums, go to a McDonald’s. They take care of their facilities so much more than here in the US, and their fries are amazing, but I think that is because of the 3,000 different varieties of potatoes grown in Peru. They may do things differently in Peru, but many things in downtown Lima are very similar. They still have Starbucks for when you have that craving, they have many of the same fast food chains. The only difference is that you are going to have to order in Spanish and pay in Soles.
            From this trip, I learned to value everything I own. Many of the people of the slums have close to nothing and usually only the clothes on their backs. But their smiles will light up a room. Even if you are not fluent in Spanish, do not worry. Love exceeds all boundaries, language, social, racial.

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