HeartSprings in Peru
San Marcos is located high in the Andes Mountains, at 4500 meters.  The road into town was unpaved, the weather was cold and rainy, and the potholes were enormous.   Trying to avoid the potholes was a challenge for the driver and brought us close, too close to the edge of the road and a precarious drop of many meters.  We prayed for a safe arrival.   San Marcos was the poorest town we have visited in Peru.  Even though there are many productive gold mines in the area the money does not seem to benefit the inhabitants of the town. 
HUARI (APRIL 7-8, 2010)
We were greeted upon our arrival in Huari located in the Andes Mountains by nearly 150 officials from the government and the Water and Health Departments.   The vision of HeartSprings was shared and a demonstration of the Safe Water System was led by Brontis our technical representative from Mexico.   Then Pastor Sergio shared the Word with this group and the Holy Spirit was there and many received Jesus.   The following day a ceremony was held at the water tank (45,000 gallon).  People from the town and surrounding area came.  Government officials also came.  Two Safe Water Systems were planted that will provide safe water to the area that encompasses more than 40,000 people.  Previously they used powered chlorine but when we tested the water it did not show any chlorine in the water.   The mayor came to the tank to celebrate the gift of safe water.  A local TV station captured the celebration on tape.  The people were so thankful and were so gracious to our group.   More than 200 people received Jesus at the celebration.  God is so good to allow us to share our love with these wonderful people and to be able to express that love in a practical way.  
 A very special greeting from a very special town…   Nixie described how the entire town of Los Olivos was there to meet them when they arrived.  The people of the town as well as the local officials made a parade for them in their honor.  The local indigenous people were dressed in their native attire.  Flowers were presented to the HeartSprings group.   The parade ended at the local basketball courts where a platform had been constructed and a sound system installed.   It was a most beautiful celebration for the HeartSprings team and demonstrated how thankful this town located high in the Andes Mountains was for the gift of the Safe Water System.   Sergio preached the Gospel Message and more than 1000 people indicated they received Jesus.   Nixie asked for a special word to share with the women in this area because they are treated as second class citizens.  The Lord responded and the women were blessed.   Miguel our new technician for Peru then demonstrated how the Safe Water System worked and how to maintain it.
After a breakfast meeting with the mayor and other city officials of Chimbote to introduce HeartSprings and to discuss the Safe Water System, the team visited the Polytechnic High School.   There they met initially with the directors, teachers and staff.  They were open to us sharing the Word and so grateful for the gift of clean water.  They explained that the water at the school is so terrible and the children that attend the school are too poor to buy bottled water.  Many children are frequently sick and out of school due to stomach problems.
 Pomabama is a Peruvian Province whose capital city is also called Pomabama.  Located on a small plain in the Ancash Region the 3000 meter hight city has a temperate climate with distinctive winter and summer seasons and a rainy season from January to March.   The city faces a majestic snowcapped mountain named Jancapampa.   From higher elevations surrounding the city the vista is one of an emerald paradise because of the dense planting of fruit trees and shrubs of all kinds.
HUANCAYO (SEPT 20-28, 2010)
At the invitation of Pastor Hernando Soto of Huancayo, Sergio Mora and his son Sergio Jr. traveled to Huancayo, Peru.   Huancayo is located in the central highlands and is considered the cultural and commercial center of the whole central Peruvian Andes region.  Over 300,000 people live in Huancayo.  Pastor Hernando is the head of an association of pastors for the area and he asked Sergio to come and speak to the 300 member pastor conference they were holding. 

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