Dispatch 1: Being Changed While Being the Change
As a recent college graduate I was given the unique opportunity to serve alongside two long term Reachglobal staff in the Central Amazon Jungle of Peru for three months (before starting my job as a Senior Graphic Designer for only the coolest company ever… you guessed it, SEVENLY!) They are advocates for an indigenous people group in extreme poverty. Clean water initiatives, supporting their local schools, and training for life and ministry for their pastors are some of the areas they focus on as they envision transformed lives in future generations.
We are working with the Yanesha People an ethnic group of the Peruvian Amazon area. They have an animist background and for many years were living in fear of the beautiful jungle they are surrounded by. Around the 1970s, the New Testament was translated into theirlanguage for the first time. This resulted in a spiritual awakening and new hope in a God who is bigger than evil spirits they feared. Strong church and community leadership however, waned with the passing of time, resulting in both the spiritual, social, and economic challenges still evident today.
I have been able to be a tiny part of this incredible movement focused on transforming the lives of the Yanesha youth. Facilitating short term teams who are constructing a Christian Youth Center (Centro Esperanza, read more about this project here) and teaching English and values classes in the Yanesha high schools has been challenging but it has changed me for the better. This experience has helped me develop a deepened heart and mind for others whose reality is so different than my own. It has also allowed me to cultivate relationships with the Yanesha youth while reminding me constantly that people matter.
Speaking of People Matter… I’ve been repping Sevenly’s La Colección en Español Encantado and some of Sevenly’s other Bestsellers during this mission.
Written by Sevenly Team Member Gabriella