Far south in Peru, the Apu Ayylu Refuge is beginning to function. The houses have been completed and orphans are filling the rooms. A dream of the Quechua church leadership is being realized!
The goal that had been agreed upon after much discussion with native pastors was to establish an experimental self-sustaining community to provide shelter and training for two at-risk groups among the Quechua people in the highlands of Peru: indigent seniors and otherwise uncared for orphans. LAIM partnered with Missionary Action Projects to purchase a suitable farm and to build the initial structures. Once operating, the project is to be self-sustaining.
Dr. Joel Sauñe, a Quechua medical doctor in Cusco, has taken leadership for this project. He has been seeking out evangelical Quechua seniors with farming experience who are now landless and without pension income. These are not hard to find, because so many of the Quechua people have spent their whole lives share-cropping for absentee land owners.
Then Dr. Sauñe is sorting out orphans between eight and fourteen years of age who are not currently under the care of any other program. Most of these will have some “street” experience, so the first question is whether they are willing to accept the discipline of the program.