He said that he would pray for me every day.
Jen Mason is our Visual District Manager and one of the 17 employees that ventured to Peru on a Mission Trip. Here is her story...
"On Tuesday, I was to meet my sponsored child Allison. We had gone out the evening before and bought some gift items for our sponsored children that we would be seeing that week. I purchased a pastel fleece blanket, a Barbie, some coloring books, crayons, a Disney sticker book, and some candy. I was all ready to meet this sweet little girl. However, on Tuesday when her name was called, she was not among the group that had gathered to meet us that day. There was a little bit of a mix-up and she no longer attended the school. My new sponsored child was a 9 year old boy named Heroj Imagine my surprise when I found out it was a little boy and most of my gifts were for a little girl! I separated the items for a girl and asked if there was another sponsored child in attendance that maybe her sponsor was not with us on the trip. We found out that Milagros, age 6, was there and her sponsor was supposed to be with us, but was unable to make the Peru trip. I was able to give her a big surprise that day and she was very appreciative. She loved the Barbie and started playing with her sticker book immediately. She hung out with Hensley and Brian for a bit while I met my sponsored child.
As I met Heroj, I could see that he had a bit of a confused look on his face. We hugged and had Veronica, our translator, come over so that we could talk for a bit. He told me that he was told his sponsor was a man. I laughed and told him that I thought I was sponsoring a little girl, and wasn’t it funny that we both had a mix-up in our heads? I was able to give Heroj the cookies and candy treats that I had purchased and he dove right in! It felt like being with my kids on Easter morning after they found their Easter baskets. He was so kind and offered a piece of his chewing gum to everyone that was sitting outside in our group. He was so excited that he could share his goodies with everyone!
We sat and talked for a bit and then we all got up and started hitting the volley ball around in a circle together for about 15 or 20 minutes.
It was time for us to be going, but I gave Heroj a big hug and told him that I would be back at his school the next day, where we would be doing some humanitarian work in the neighborhood.
It was almost the end of the school day on Wednesday before I saw Heroj again. Unfortunately, there was not a translator to be found and I am terrible at Spanish. He brought a beautifully decorated letter, in English, to me and it told of how thankful he was to have a god-mother and be able to attend the school at San Martin. He said that he would pray for me every day for blessings over my life. It was so sweet and thoughtful. He had gone to the English teacher at their school earlier in the day to be able to write this letter for me. I could not communicate very well, but he showed me that he had brought his Mom to meet me also. Again, we couldn’t speak each other’s language, but we both hugged and I could see that she was genuinely happy to meet me. They also brought me a gift – a beautiful, multi-colored Peruvian cross-body purse. She showed me her phone and the Facebook app, and I found myself so that she could send me a friend request and we could stay in touch. I can’t express how beautiful these people are both inside and out. I look forward to staying in touch with Heroj and seeing what an amazing young man he will become. I am very thankful for the partnership that we have with Coprodeli and everything that they are doing for these children and their families. It was truly a blessing to see first-hand what Altar’d State’s contributions are doing for these beautiful people and their communities.