Submitted by Rosemary Haskell
The Daily Iowegian
---- — On Nov. 25 Mitch Milner and Rosemary Haskell traveled to Chimbote, Peru. Chimbote is about seven hours by bus north of the capital city of Lima, Peru. There they ministered to 90 children who live in the slums. They were part of a team led by the Rev. Joe Mercer who is the leader of a mission organization called South American Call, Inc. Milner and Haskell became acquainted with the ministry through their home church, Solid Rock Church of God in Centerville.
They gave the children treat bags which contained apples, oranges, tooth paste, tooth brushes, flash lights, candy, pencils and other small items. They took the kids to a store and helped each of them choose a complete outfit including pants, shirt, underwear and shoes. They shared the Christmas story with them and told them about Christmas in their homes here in the states.
They had parties with them where they served chicken, potatoes, salad, soft drinks, cake and ice cream. They also gave packets of school supplies to each child. Without these supplies the children cannot go to public school. Haskell also made purses for the girls, headbands for the boys and friendship bracelets with her Bible School children helped make. The children were very excited to receive the gifts.
Milner and Haskell had raised $1,000 to help put a roof on one of the three soup kitchens there. The children come each day to one of the three soup kitchens and get a nutritious hot meal. They are also taught about Jesus each day and most participate in a scripture memorization program. Some have memorized 100 scriptures.
Milner and Haskell want everyone who bought cookies and other baked items during the last year to know how much it helped. Many of the children live in houses made with bamboo mats and dirt floors and their parents work for $5-6 a day when they can find work. This work helps them have a better life now and an opportunity to make for themselves a much better life in the future free of poverty.
Beginning in March, Milner and Haskell will be selling baked items again for their next mission trip.