Charlotte Ingalls, who has been ministering in one our Peruvian centers for almost a year now, has welcomed her mom, Anna Lee, and her brother Victor. Here’s what poured out from her mom’s heart after the visit.
“Having the good fortune to travel to Lima, Peru to visit my daughter Charlotte was a grace I will cherish always. I told many of my friends and family that Charlotte was happier than ever and perhaps the happiest person I had ever laid eyes on!
There she was as we arrived in the airport jumping up and down with Ceci. Then off to the cab ride to Barrio Altos, a new world unlike the comforts of my home, yet in a surprising way full of more joy that I have ever experienced. The sights and the smells of the unattended streets were pungent to say the least and their Heart’s Home dwelling was modest in everyway. Ben met us at the door with a big smile and there we were enveloped in the warm hospitality of three missionaries. The days we spent with them poured out the Holy Spirit in every aspect of their lives.
Their willingness to spend hours with Jesus everyday reminded me that I needed to do more of the same. My witness of God’s final touches on their hearts and their aspirations brought me to tears with a greater awareness of His presence. It was so comforting that I did not want to leave their world.
Charlotte made Victor and me a part of her daily living which introduced us to a variety of people with extraordinary challenges yet always a beautiful smile, a warm greeting and self respect. This was a stark contrast to poverty at home. Some had desperate living conditions, others desperate hearts and still others, especially the children were lost and eagerly looking for a way. And in the midst of it all was Charlotte, Ben and Ceci who were always there living out their mission of compassion and keeping hope alive for all of their friends. Somehow I have to believe that every person in the neighborhood saw the face of Christ in His three servants. It was humbling.
Heart’s Home affords Charlotte and so many more a tremendous opportunity to grow spiritually and intellectually, while being present for the sake of their community. First hand, I saw the worthiness of her life half way around the world and left knowing, without a doubt, that Charlotte’s chosen “time out” in life would change her forever. And that made me very happy!
May God always abundantly bless the Heart’s Home mission!”