We are excited to announce our collaboration with Live Simply 4 Peru, a ministry from the Bible Baptist Tabernacle Church in North Carolina that rescues orphaned and abandoned street children. Over the last couple of years we have observed Live Simply start from the ground up with their ministry. Their main goal is to deliver love and commitment in order to create social change and a better future for kids with stories of struggle and misfortune. Their cause has become a motivation for us to use the power of business to create social change.
From the early stages of Someware, we have wanted to incorporate positive impact as an important element of our brand. We know that giving back is a simple way to change people's lives so our goal is to become a channel for intentional generosity. This month we did our first donation to Live Simply. We are very grateful for your support and for helping this cause.
To better explain their efforts we did an interview with the Live Simply team, who openly shared insights into their philanthropic careers and their lives in Arequipa and North Carolina.
Q. What was the driving force to follow your passion as missionaries?
Our driving force is God. We see God everywhere, in the smiles of kids, in their struggles, in our capacity to love them and in our strong desire to positively impact their lives. There are over 170 million street children around the world. Our goal is to inspire action and spread the word about situations existing outside people's daily lives. We want to be the voice of the orphan… "those who have no voice". Live Simply seeks to change this, one orphan at a time!
Q. What took you to Arequipa?
Our 23 year old daughter accepted a calling to Arequipa, Peru in 2011. Maisie got involved with "Casa Hogar El Amor de Dios" —Orphanage for the abandoned, the unwanted and the abused. The kids prayed that we would be the miracle that would change their lives. These words changed our lives forever. We fell in love the kids, the culture and the people of Peru.
Q. What are the programs for the orphanage like?
Live Simply 4 Peru assists as a liaison at grass roots level engaging local communities, empowering orphans through child sponsorship and sustainability projects. We live with the kids, pray over the kids, have daily devotions with the kids, feed the kids and cry out loud to the LORD for their broken hearts. Our work seeks to help these children in their plight against the struggles and injustices that they face by helping to provide a caring home, quality education, and knowledge of the love and grace of God.
Q. What are some of the great accomplishments that the ministry has achieved?
Live Simply’ s Ministry sponsorship and the kids sponsorship program has allowed us to create a more steady form cash flow for a local street church and for the orphanage. This also has enable us to meet their basic needs and share their heartbroken stories with the world. We were also instrumental in opening the new home for the boys. Peruvian regulations required separating the boy and girls into two different houses. The great news is now we have more space for the kids and more space for more kids!
Q. What are some of the biggest challenges?
We come across cultural and financial challenges on a daily basis, but the biggest challenge the kids face, is the hunger for love. God always provides a way to work things out and to keep the engine going so we can provide for the street kids of Peru. These broken children lives have been ripped apart by extreme poverty, incest, sexual abuse, drug cartel corruption with virtually every type of trauma imaginable. The good news is, even the biggest challenges become very small when you get to experience the joy of loving a child in need.
Q. What do you love the most about Arequipa?
So much to love, the weather, landscape, XIV century architecture, volcanos surrounding the city, and more than anything the people! Every day we see the incredible architectural work of the 14th Century buildings, walk with the Alpaca llamas in a city gently tucked below three breathtaking snowcapped volcanoes of the Andes Mountains. We are embraced by a loving community with rich colors woven in a culture with a simpler way of life! We love seeing the traditional way of life of the indigenous highlanders living in the mountains, who still speak the ancient tongue of Quechua.
Q. How does it feel to come back to North Carolina after your trips to Arequipa?
We all go through cultural shock and it can last for a while, we feel guilty about all the comforts of the American life versus the needs we get to experience when we are in the third world. We realize that no matter how good or bad you think life is, it's important to wake up and be thankful for life! Someone somewhere is fighting to survive. Mother Teresa once said “At the end of our lives, we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made or how many great things we have done. We will be judged by “I was hungry and you gave for me to eat. I was naked and you clothed me. I was homeless and you took me in….
Q. What do you feel is the future of Live Simply 4 Peru?
We are looking to partner with churches, nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations to create Christ-centered projects. We desire to map a business model that develops a place of employment for abandoned boys and girls providing worth, purpose and a foundation for successful sustainability. Partnering with Someware is a major step providing needed visibility for the street children.
We are working at ground level, rolling up our sleeves and connecting the dots with a potential network of 40 Orphanages in Arequipa, Peru alone. We are working on providing hands-on training, local manpower and mentoring to help support local orphanages, projects and ministries. Live Simply is the hands and feet of the abandoned in Peru. Utilizing our network and ministry, we can provide translators, scheduling, transportation, housing for medical teams, church groups and others spreading the Gospel!