Do you like to play sports? Jacob is an eleven year old boy from Peru who loves to play soccer. He lives with his mom, dad, younger brother and new baby sister. He also enjoys music and reading and dreams of going to school. But in Jacob’s community, getting an education is often just a dream.
Jacob and his family belong to a native tribe called the Quechua, who speak their own language, also called Quechua. While they are a people known for being respectful and hardworking, they are unfortunately among the poorest communities in Peru. For the Quechua, Peruvian schools are especially hard to understand because they are taught in English and Spanish, languages many of them don’t speak.
Jacob’s parents are dedicated and hardworking. His father, a farmer, travels more than an hour each way to get to the farm where he earns only $2 a day for his hard work. His mother cares for their home and the children, washing their clothes in buckets of rainwater and cooking meals mostly of potatoes, rice and eggs over an open fire. Meat like chicken, beef and alpaca are a rare treat.
Jacob’s parents are very loving and hardworking. Even though his father works hard, they can only afford one meal a day and a small home with one bedroom and one common area. His small home is made from mud and stones and sits high up on a mountainside. It is very difficult to get to his home because of the steep mountain. It makes Jacob’s mom and dad sad that they cannot provide more for him and his brother and sister. If Jacob worked on the farm with his dad it would help their family have a little more money, but Jacob’s parents know how important it is for Jacob to learn so they send him to school instead.
School is very difficult for Jacob and he sometimes gets bad grades. But Jacob’s parents love their kids, pray for them and want to help them succeed. So, they started sending Jacob and his little brother to a VisionTrust Learning Center.
At the Learning Center he gets a big lunch, learns about Jesus, and receives free tutoring to help him in school. His parents believe that the Learning Center has been an answer to many of their prayers and they are starting to see Jacob’s grades improve. They feel very loved and blessed by the people who are caring for their sons and they’re thankful that the Lord provided a safe place for their children to get help with school and food to keep them healthy.
Question for discussion:
God provided a safe place for Jacob and his brother to get lunch and help with school. How has God given you something that you really needed to keep you safe and healthy?
Fun Facts about Peru:
- Machu Picchu: This 15th-century “Lost City of the Incas” is one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world. It is located on a ridge between the Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu in Peru. It sits 7,970 feel above sea level on the Eastern slopes of the Andes Mountains. Check out these website to find out more about this super cool place.
Current Prayer requests:
- Pray for the workers at the Learning Center that they can continue to provide food and care for the families in Peru.
- Pray for Jacob to keep working hard in school.
Ways you can get involved
Do you know someone at your school or in your classroom that struggles with school? Offer to help them with an assignment or be their partner on a group project to give them encouragement. Your friendship will mean so much to them and your encouragement might just be what they need to help them feel confident in school.
Philippians 4:19 “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
“Jehovah Jireh” means “The Lord will Provide”