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Peru Ministry

Catholic Christians must somehow help the poor. The Peru Ministry is just one of many ways we can do this. But, it is an easy way because much has been set up to help us. This missionary work is unique because it can dramatically changes the lives of those involved through personal relationships with the poor, a place where we can find the face of Christ. It is more than just another charity. It can be more than sending money to unknown people or visiting people who we will never see again. 
Over one billion people in the world live on less that one-dollar per day. There is insufficient money for "daily bread." The poor live in despair unless the non-poor give them hope by assisting them. 

Scripture teaches us in many places that we must care for the poor. For example:

Then the king will say to those on his right, "Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me." —Matthew 25:34-36

Catholic Social Teaching has an Option for the Poor. Pope John Paul II wrote that, "Stronger nations must offer weaker ones opportunities for taking their place in international life."

St. Monica assists the 35,000-member Santísimo Sacramento (Blessed Sacrament) Parish in Piura, Peru. The pastor, Fr. Joe Uhen, grew up in Oklahoma City. Piura, a city of 400,000, is about 500 miles north of Lima. The area is in the desert between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes Mountains. The people we serve live in near-by villages where many live on less than $2 per day. "Give us this day our daily bread" takes on a new meaning.

We from St. Monica can readily help in several ways: by sponsoring a family, giving a gift to a family, or going on a mission trip to Piura and working with the poor, who show us immense love.