• August 11, 2018

Learning to See Daily Miracles

by Anna O., on mis­sion in Peru

     I want to share with you specif­i­cally the mir­acle of our dear friend, Daniel, a 13 year old boy in our neigh­bor­hood. Daniel comes from a dys­func­tional family of 6, suf­fering from abu­sive rela­tion­ships and alco­holism. His mother strug­­gles to keep track of dates and under­­s­tand instruc­­tions, and lives sub­­mit­ting to the power of her hus­band. They live in a pretty shambly house with their many dogs, chickens, and cats. Daniel him­self has many behav­ioral and psy­cho­log­ical issues. However, he lights up when we start to do this snap­ping dance that I taught him, or when him and his younger brother run into our house. Because of his com­pli­cated sit­u­a­tion, we man­aged to move Daniel into a home for boys in the center of Lima where he can go to school and be formed in a healthier envi­ron­ment. One weekend, Daniel came to our house to work on his home­work with our help. He showed up as we were fin­ishing break­fast, we gave him some bread and fruit. As I was in the office, next to the kitchen taking care of some things, I heard Daniel begin to pray… “Dear God, thank you for this food and for my family and for Puntos Corazón.” I peeked in and saw Daniel standing by him­self, blessing his food before eating. It was such a small, simple moment, but it made me pause. Here was this little boy, who nor­mally tries to escape from school and dis­re­gard his par­ents, standing at our table and praying out of his own accord. Just another simple daily mir­acle.

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