In 1987, we joined a church planting team headed to Lima, Perú. The church was planted in San Isidro and continues to this day with Peruvian leadership. Then we were called to start a small group ministry among elected officials, business leaders and professionals in Perú, partnering with the National Prayer Breakfast movement. The groups continue and in October 2020 we had the 25th Annual Peruvian National Prayer Breakfast.
While ministering to leaders, we started working with street children on the weekends. We wanted to see where these kids came from, so reached out to their families. After gaining their trust, they took us to their homes. We were sickened and heartbroken by what we saw. Abject poverty, loneliness, desperation was rampant. Moms, and in some cases, grandmothers losing the battle to provide even the most basic necessities for their children. Fathers were not part of the picture for any of these families.
God impressed on our heart a desire to partner and support the moms and grandmothers in a community that looked like the ones we saw that day. So, we started praying to that end. And to make a long story short we found a community, called Flores de Villa, with dirt roads, no running water or sewage system, that had straw or scrap wood huts sitting on a landfill and garbage dump.