Jose’s story

*written by Claire Mraz, 13 years old


In America, we don’t realize how blessed we are. We have food and water, clothes, houses, and money. Others aren’t so fortunate. Jose Enrique is a thirteen year old boy who is an orphan. He lives in Peru, a country with mountains and rainforests. Sadly, Jose’s mom sold all of their furniture and household items for alcohol. There were times where they didn’t have food for up to three days in a row. Their poverty became so extreme that Jose and his brother, Luis David, had to go live at the VisionTrust Center.  With the help of VisionTrust, they have had a chance to see a doctor; and more importantly they are also getting daily meals. Jose now has a mattress to sleep on every night!  He goes to school at the VisionTrust Learning Center and has the highest grades in his class! They later got news that their mom was dying from liver failure and were able to spend some time with her. She was taught the gospel and got to know Christ before passing. Jose enjoys soccer and other group games; he also likes to draw. Even with little, most of his life, Jose Enrique is happy at the VisionTrust Center. They have made a wonderful and important impact on him and his brother along on their journey.

Discussion Questions:

  • If you had to live at an orphanage would you look to God for aid and advice?
  • How do you feel that Jose’s mom became closer to God?
  • Do you like playing soccer or other sports?

Fun Facts:

  • Peru is officially known as the Republic of Peru.
  • Spanish is the main language in Peru but some may speak Quechua or Aymara.
  • Peru’s currency is the Nuevo Sol.
  • The finest cottons are from Peru.

Ways to get involved:

Jose stayed strong during his transition away from his home. You could go to an orphanage and give those strong kids some encouragement and every other person there as well. You could also ask someone to go to church with you and introduce them to God.

Prayer Requests:

  • Please pray for Jose and his brother as they deal with life and the worries they may face.
  • Pray for all of the employees at VisionTrust, that they have the wisdom to teach these kids about God.
  • Finally, pray for all of the children who are orphans or just struggling children, help them get to know God and all of the wonderful things he does for us.


And he said to them “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” Luke 12:15

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