Kuyay Talpuy School has Begun! School has begun anew for the Kuyay Talpuy children. In December, we graduated 17 students from the Iscos center! School vacation begins with Christmas here in Peru, so from December 22-March 1, the children were on their “summer break”. However, we offered summer classes and had a full roster, with 24 students attending during their summer months. During this time, we also fostered new relationships with some older students who were coming for tutoring and help retaining their skills between school years. As March arrived, we helped our recent graduates officially enter into the Peruvian school system. Thanks to your support, we bought uniforms for each child, school supplies, and paid for their entrance fees. Parents couldn’t believe that we actually DID everything that we promised to do. Now 17 children are attending school who did not have the resources to do so before. Thank you!!! Also, these children are coming back to the Kuyay Talpuy center in the afternoons (after classes) to receive tutoring and to attend Kid’s Club. We have between 15-18 children each afternoon. We are offering tutoring, homework help, English classes, Kid’s Club, and bible study in the p.m. We have 24 new students who are attending the Iscos center in the mornings this year. Their parents are excited and committed to working hard to help the center succeed. Such an incredible difference from the start last year! We have been so blessed by the beginning of a NEW Kuyay Talpuy center (see page 2), just opened April 5th! Things are really looking up… Thank you for your love and support for these children of Kuyay Talpuy! Together, we can make a difference!
First Quarter. 2010
New Center Opens in Patarcocha!!! While sitting in our living room talking with a recent short term team about ministry in Peru, the director of Kuyay Talpuy knocked on the door and needed to speak to Billy. A few minutes later, Billy was sharing with the team (through tears of joy) that we had just been presented with a letter from a community in the mountains. The community of Patarcocha, a 45 minute walk up the mountain from Iscos, was writing to us and asking for us to bring the Kuyay Talpuy education center to their village. They had heard of our work and they, too, had children who needed to be educated. Patarcocha is a community of 100% farmers and shepherds. The majority of the inhabitants are women, abandoned by their husbands and living life on the mountain alone. They work every day in their fields and with their animals and take care of their children. There isn’t any disposable income (or income of any kind, for that matter). They cannot afford to take their children down the mountain and put them into schools in “town”.
The ladies called a town meeting and invited us to come. At the meeting, they presented their petition to us and asked for help. We laid out several options and researched the best ways to help. In the end, it was decided that a Kuyay Talpuy center would be a viable option for the community and we would work to make it happen.
On April 5th, we officially opened for classes, with a roster of 20 children and one teacher. The community donated the building. We have no furniture, no electricity, no water, and no bathroom, but we have school supplies and children and a teacher who loves them, so we are open. We continue to seek financial donors who can help us meet the needs for desks and other necessities, but we are confident that God will provide. God already sent us one donor who agreed to pay for the teacher salary for one year—Praise Jesus!!!
Please pray for the people of Patarcocha, the abandoned mothers who are desperately seeking friendship and help, for children who are fatherless, and for the abandoned elderly of the mountain. We have a huge job ahead of us in this community, but everything is possible with Christ! And pray for support to come in so that we can continue this work.
to give children an opportunity to receive an education,
to help parents and families
to build relationships with people in the community
and to share and spread the love of Christ via relationships, community education, health & nutrition, and bible teaching.
The Kuyay Talpuy vision
Miss Rocio joins the Kuyay Talpuy Team! We are so excited to bring a new member to our team! Rocio has been working with us on Fridays as a volunteer, helping to lead Kid’s Club each week. She has a huge heart for the children of Kuyay Talpuy and a huge heart for the area… she grew up just minutes down the road from Iscos and Patarcocha and has a kindred spirit with the people of these mountains. So when we found ourselves in need of another teacher, she was a fantastic choice! We have now employed her to work each day with the
students and all of us are very pleased with this plan! Because she was already “on board” with our vision and she already had a missionary heart, she has been a perfect fit. The children love her, as do we! So our little team has grown… some are still volunteer and some are given a small stipend, but all have hearts for the children and the communities of Iscos and Patarcocha. Please be in prayer for Darwin, Tania, Milagros, Rocio, Rosa, Liz, Julia and Elva as they work to share Christ in Peru.
Kuyay Talpuy Project Peru contact address: Jr. San Jose 278 Urb. San Carlos Huancayo, Peru Phone (USA): 979-985-5289 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.drumsforchrist.org Or www.kuyayperu.org
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Serving Christ in Peru
Prayers & Praises: •
Please pray for the towns of Iscos and Patarcocha.
Prayers and praises for the medical team that is preparing to serve the area in July 2010!
Pray for the 24 new students in Iscos, the 20 new students in Patarcocha, and the afternoon tutoring students. Pray for community members who are also seeking educational opportunities by attending English classes an bible studies in the afternoons.
Pray for our Peruvian workers...Darwin, Milagros, Tania, Rosa, Rocio, Elva, Liz and Julia. Pray for the teambuilding retreat that we will hold in a couple of weeks to strengthen and bond with our workers.
Pray for continued support so that we can persevere with this work. We continue to look for sponsors who can help with the new project in Patarcocha and who can help sustain the project in Iscos. Monthly gifts, one time gifts… anything helps! We need desks in Patarcocha and we need to replenish supplies in Iscos. Please use the support form above or go online to give at http://www.themissionsociety.org/people/drum scroll to the bottom of the page for giving options online.
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