Christmas in Peru

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By Keith Stewart

Special to the Pioneer

Some of Morriston Baptist Church’s members recently went on mission to Lima and Cusco, Peru. 

Working with Buckner International, Pastor Keith Stewart, his wife Margarette and three of his parishioners–Kelly and Vivian Culbertson, and Janet Colley–traveled more than 10 hours by car and air to minister in South America. 

They spent eight days visiting various orphanages, youth and single mother homes throughout Lima and Cusco.

Buckner International is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization that makes life better for orphans, vulnerable children, and families throughout the world. They also organize and lead mission trips for church groups and Christian individuals.

This year’s ministry team came from Texas, Kentucky and Florida. Those representing Morriston Baptist took part in visiting two orphanages or homes each day. 

While there, they helped the kids in crafts, scripture memory verse, story-time, recreation, and one-on-one fellowship. They visited many different types of homes: all boys’ homes, all girls’ homes, 0-3 year old orphanage, a boys’ special needs home and two girls’ transition homes. 

The Culbertsons had been on mission to Peru several times before, so this was not their first trip around the block, but for Pastor Keith, his wife and Mrs. Colley, it was their first. 

Pastor Keith said, “It was something to behold. I will never forget the children of Peru and I plan on going back next year.

 “We also gave out Christmas boxes to every child that we visited, and for some they received a new pair of shoes.” 

Hey, this is Pastor Keith, “As you are celebrating Christmas this year please remember the reason for the season --- which is the birth of Jesus. We are his hands and feet. We who are Christians represent Him. So please be thankful for what God has blessed you with and please remember those who are less fortunate than you. And by the way, Merry Christmas!”

 If you would like to know more about Buckner International, you can visit their website at www.buckner.org