A Week in a Jungle in Peru

Peru (MIS) —
Daniel
Goshorn is a
20-year-old
missionary
that serves
with his
parents in
Peru with The
Mission
Society .
Goshorn wrote a letter, telling of his one-week
experience in the Peruvian Jungle.
My mother and I joined a medical and dental team
who traveled into the jungles of Peru to treat those
who have no access to medical care. I knew the
experience would be difficult, but I wasn’t prepared
for what happened.
I wasn’t ready for our first patient to be a little girl
with a leg infection so serious that she would die if
she didn’t have the leg amputated–a procedure
her family could most likely not afford.
I wasn’t ready for a 37-year-old mother of five to
be carried in on a blanket by four men because her
breast cancer was so far advanced that she was
too weak to walk.
I wasn’t ready for dozens of abused women to
come in needing help, but we were not able to do
anything for them to help them out of their
situations.
I wasn’t ready for a woman who was being beaten
and abused to come in and break down in front of
us. Then, the very next patient was her husband
who was responsible for most of the abuse. Only
God’s grace allowed me to be able to translate for
the man.
I definitely wasn’t ready for 6- and 7-year-old
girls to come in with sexually transmitted diseases,
many of which came from their own fathers.
Did I expect these things? Yes. Was I ready for
these things? Certainly not.
Many people do not understand why we live in
Peru and do what we do. The simple answer is that
God has called us here. God has called us to love
one another, just as Christ has loved us.
There are lots of passages in the Bible that teach
us that we are to love and serve one another. One
such passage I read recently is Romans 12:6-21
(NIV):
“We have different gifts, according to the grace
given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then
prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is
serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it
is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is
giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it
diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.
“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to
what is good. Be devoted to one another in love.
Honor one another above yourselves. Never be
lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor,
serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in
affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s
people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
“Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not
curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with
those who mourn. Live in harmony with one
another. Do not be proud, but be willing to
associate with people of low position. Do not be
conceited.
“Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do
what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is
possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace
with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear
friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is
written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the
Lord. On the contrary: ‘If your enemy is hungry,
feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to
drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on
his head.’
“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil
with good.”
We went into the jungle; we helped as much as we
could; we prayed hard, and now we leave it all in
God’s hands. Hundreds of people were exposed to
the gospel that week, which is the primary reason
we went. Those few days in the village have
allowed discipleship to grow in that area.
The week we spent ministering in the medical
campaign was tough, both physically and
emotionally, but that’s what God calls us to do. God
hasn’t called us to do what is easy.
He calls us to serve others, to encourage and
teach them, to help those who are in need, and
above all, to love. That’s what we try to do every
day.
Pray for people in hard-to-reach places of Peru
and for the Goshorn family to continue helping and
serving others.

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