Emergency Opportunity

Our clinic is gone but there is
an amazing new option


Ryan and Rosany Haberly, named Directors of POPPYS hous

The surgery center has been destroyed
For some it is too late

The last two years have given me a new perspective on one aspect of life, and that is.....death. 

It happened this way. My mother was diagnosed and the countdown begins. Mesothelioma is not a cancer that anyone survives. There is no false hope given that our family will attend survivor rallies and wear the T-shirt. It is simply a matter of…. time.
And so, I entered the vortex, of hoping and praying that the deadly growth would be slow and that life would be, so normal, that we could kind of forget about the reality and just live, day to day.

We celebrated the birth of four great-grandbabies, had several weddings and went through two holiday seasons, but always the dark cloud and unspoken question, “Is this the last one?

”As I write this, the end is very near and each moment of these last few weeks has been calculated. Trips were cancelled, projects put on hold, friends and family members informed and we engaged in plenty of heartfelt soul searching.

This is a stark contrast to the tens of thousands of people in the poverty laden communities of Peru. The difference is, we had a definitive diagnosis of my mother’s condition which allowed us to prepare emotionally, share parting thoughts, and have the peace of knowing, we have done everything possible for her longevity and quality of life. What a blessing to effectively reduce the suffering of those we love.
Yes, there are terminal illnesses in developing countries and fatal epidemics that ravage entire populations, and we can’t do anything about it, but there are also thousands of lives lost, needlessly.
I have talked with mothers who held their babies in trembling arms until they died, for lack of a five dollar antibiotic. I have seen hundreds of patients who have suffered chronic pain from abscessed teeth or infected wounds, that simple treatment could have prevented, but these precious people didn’t have the pocket change to purchase medicine from the local pharmacy or be seen by a physician.
One of our students in Peru told me, in the early years, before the organization was formalized; a family member was suffering from a serious medical situation.They, like many others had no resources, but I had told them the year before that I would return.

She told me with tears in her eyes, that day after day, things got worse, but her mother would often say, “Maybe this is the day Mr. Paul will come back.” What an amazing reunion it was when I arrived, knowing nothing of the dire situation, but because of the generosity of people back home, health was restored and life went on.

For this family help arrived in time. For my mother, every earthly resource has been utilized, but for thousands of people their only hope is that God will move on the hearts of those who can help. Yesterday and the day before, it was too late for some, but tomorrow and next week, you and I can be the answer to the prayers of the suffering.  
Because of the airport expansion project we are losing our clinic,

where we have served thousands of impoverished people.
We have a tremendous opportunity that is disguised as a


The building beside our property is for sale


We KNOW we need to move the clinic, in the near future, but this is a chance of a lifetime to own the building that literally touches our facility.

Click this link to DONATE NOW  and see the details of this opportunity 

You will also see why we are Terrified to NOT 
Own This Building 
(for details of this property and campaign progress, click this link)

Please, help us make this a reality. If there was ever a time for some sacrificial support, this would surely be the day. We need to act quickly before this opportunity is gone. There are thousands who are depending on us. Thank you so much. You are a life changer.
Please, pray for and support the work for those who suffer, around the world…You will be the miracle for someone in need.

Live to serve…serve to live,  

Paul Opp
President People of Peru Project

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This is 11-year-old, Linda* and her 6-week-old son, Juanito*. She lived in a jungle village 5 days from Iquitos by boat. The move to our city was for her own safety. Since the perpetrator who changed her future is aggressive, her life could be in danger at home.

She comes from a poor family. In Peru, a wealthy child, in her situation, would never have to face public scorn, threats or relocation. Money takes care of things for those who have it.

There are too many stories to tell. There are too many children who have suffered the abuse, neglect, abandonment and health issues that poverty propagates. This is why People of Peru Project exists.

The volunteers who take time from their lives to give the gentleness, patience, compassion and unconditional love, are the mortar that begins to secure the pieces of broken trust. The foundation of a shattered life begins to rebuild and futures, never before possible, appear on the horizon.

The reality is, that POPPYS house is full of kids with equally tragic stories. This one is particularly gripping because of the tender age, but there are some situations that are too horrible to speak of.

Please, help us now, as we start the 2016 campaign to support these children, our university students, and fund the medical, dental and crisis intervention work that we do. Because of unspeakable circumstances, we have become the hope that little girls, like Linda, cling too. Seeds of hope are planted and lives begin to change.

For the last 12 years we have been the family who has raised, nurtured and mentored a campus full of children, toward the future. God has entrusted the most vulnerable to us, and we need your help.

The needs of these children and the thousands of people who suffer with unmet medical needs, are on-going. Challenge some friends of co-workers to join you, or match your donation. Be a Life Changer.

Thank you for your donation today. You are a life changer.

Live to serve...serve to live,  

Paul Opp


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School Sponsorship


Empower the Poor

People of Peru Project has once again been inundated with poor families that are hungry for an education. Help us make that dream a reality.

We have once again accepted the challenge of sponsoring 100 deserving children in school, for an entire school year.

You can help and at the same time engage your children, coworkers, school group or church in a campaign of self-sacrifice and service.

What an amazing thought, that by missing a couple Pizza’s and a family movie night, you could provide an education for a needy child.

Please, click the word EDUCATION and make a dream come true.

Click the link below, to see how close we are to our goal. Your family can rock the world of an impoverished family who needs you. Please, help us help them. Do it now. It will only take 5 minutes to change a hunger for education into happiness.


Please visit our "People of Peru Project" Facebook page, "like" us, and receive our latest news. Also, check out our website at  There, you will find more pictures and stories, along with the history of People of Peru Project.
If you want to get more personally involved with our projects here in Iquitos, we have plenty of ways that you can help. Currently, our most pressing need is for student sponsorship's for impoverished children that want to start school in March.

Be part of the solution with People of Peru Project. Hit the Donate Button NOW!

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 The People of Peru Project Team

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Join our team of supporters TODAY, to reach our Giving Tuesday goal of $2,000. 

Every year People of Peru Project buys several tons of food and feeds impoverished people, in our poorest districts. What a blessing for those who watch all the Christmas festivities around them, but have no ability to provide for themselves or their own children. 

There are hundreds of Christmas miracles that take place every year when volunteers and staff members of People of Peru Project show up with a surprise food bag. What a blessing to those that need it and what a blessing for us to be ABLE to give.

Click the link below, to see how close we are to our goal. Your family can rock the world of an impoverished family who needs you. Please, help us help them. Do it now. It will only take 5 minutes to change hunger into happiness.


Please visit our "People of Peru Project" Facebook page, "like" us, and receive our latest news. Also, check out our website at  There, you will find more pictures and stories, along with the history of People of Peru Project.
If you want to get more personally involved with our projects here in Iquitos, we have plenty of ways that you can help. Currently, our most pressing need is for student sponsorships for impoverished children that want to start school in March.

For only $120 dollars you can send a child to school for the entire year. Receiving an education is invaluable, as it leads to higher paying jobs and a way out of the cyclical nature of poverty. If you would like to help sponsor a child, or help in any way, please go to our Paypal link  or email Paul at

Be part of the solution with People of Peru Project.

Live to serve...serve to live,

 The People of Peru Project Team

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A Weekend Full of Fun

Beaches and Markets and Kids, Oh my!

Written by Jen of the Jungle

It is only appropriate that the beginning of the weekend (Saturday morning) would be heralded in with a common occurrence in Peru:

Rain. Big, heavy, body-soaking rain. Conversation was muffled by the deafening sound of water drops on tin roofs. But did this stop the group from going to church and getting their worship on? No way! The team spent the morning in sabbath school, prayer, and programs that were spiritually and emotionally refreshing. Below are a few pictures from their Sabbath Experience.

Some of the girls from the group went to the local Adventist church to do special music. They accompanied their lovely voices with a few finger snaps. Their songs were followed by a healthy chorus of "amen's!"

Later, for their own church service, one of the students takes the lead and gives the sermonette for the morning. This is a group of talented students!

Chaplain Jonathan gets passionate about his spiritual message.

After a morning of worship and a delicious lunch, the rain finally stopped at about two in the afternoon. With clear skies, the group jumped on the bus and headed for an afternoon of looking at animals at the zoo, and enjoying some time outside in creation. Seeing the colorful and amazing animals that were rehabilitated from bad living conditions was a blessing, as was hanging out by the beach at the end of the zoo excursion.

Once the sun had set, the group made their way to the Plaza De Armas, the main plaza in the city. On any night, there are countless kids begging for money, so the group went down to lend a little helping hand. The kids split into smaller groups, and each found a child to buy a meal for at a small hamburger stand. While the condition of poverty and child begging is a long term and complicated issue, it's a good deed to go and relieve the hungry while we continue working to find long term solutions to poverty.

One group came across a blind woman in a wheel chair. She was unable to get to the burger stand because of her condition, so the group brought the food to her. When they came back later, they saw that she hadn't eaten the burger, but gave it to another little boy who was sitting next to her. Whether that boy was her son, a friend, or a complete stranger, her act of sacrifice was a touching scene.

This boy's name is Elim. He is ten years old and has ten brothers and sisters. He is in third grade. We found him when he came up to the group and asked for un sol (about 30 cents in American currency). Instead of money, they gave him a free meal.

After a restful sleep following a long day, the morning was spent walking through the Belen market, which is located in one of the poorer parts of Iquitos. The market is the main place where many locals come to shop for an array of items, including fresh produce, meat of all kinds, medicinal plants, clothes, and anything else you could ever need. The kids were able to see a variety of exciting things, from giant catfish to skinned cow heads! Some of them even tried a local Peruvian snack: Suri, which, by the way, is a big grub. When we asked them what it tasted like, some of them didn't think it was half bad!

While the market tour was a little tiring, their day had just begun! During the afternoon hours, the group went to POPPYS house to start working on some of the renovation projects for the girls facility. They worked on repainting the railing that they had helped paint 4 years ago during their last visit; sometimes, things around here just a little TLC to look brand new again!

The group wrapped up with their renovation project around 5PM, and went back to the compound for a quick dinner before they  traveled to a nearby church to do VBS for the local kids.

VBS was a BIG hit! The room was full of laughter as the kids learned all the motions to songs like Let Us Come Together, I Just Wanna Be a Sheep, and some other songs that involved spinning around and singing with their tongues sticking out. The joyous commotion attracted a crowd, and kids kept coming to the door, peeking in to see what was going on. Of course, they were welcomed in to join the fun.

One little girl, whose name is Maria, told the SLA group that she remembered the songs from their last VBS they did 4 years ago. What an incredible example of the lasting impressions we can make on the people around us, especially these amazing kids.

The message was preached tonight by Kathy, who did a great job engaging the kids in a fun message. This was followed by nothing other than every kid's favorite creative past time: afts and crafts!

When the group arrive back at the compound and were wrapping up the day by sharing favorite moments and experiences of the day, Chaplain Jonathan asked the group how they would like God to use them this week. Their answer?

They hope to show them who God really is through their actions. One of the teens exclaimed that it would have to be through her actions, because she doesn't speak any Spanish!

Lastly, they hope that all of their group can leave an impression that not only do they care, but that God cares as well; and isn't that some pretty great news?

So much has been accomplished today, and it is only the beginning. It is impossible to know how many lives will be blessed as South Lancaster continues their ministry to the people of Iquitos. They finished up their day with a prayer circle before heading to bed, a sure sign that there is much to look forward to in the week to come.

To see the full collection of photos taken of South Lancaster's group, please visit our "People of Peru Project" Facebook page and "like" us, and receive our latest news. Check out our website at There, you will find more picture and stories along with the history of People of Peru Project.
If you want to get more personally involved with our projects here in Iquitos, we have plenty of ways that you can help. Currently, our most pressing need is for 57 student sponsorships for impoverished children that want to start school in March.

For only $120 dollars you can send a child to school for the entire year. Receiving an education is invaluable, as it leads to higher paying jobs and a way out of the cyclical nature of poverty. If you would like to help sponsor a child, or help in any way, please go to our Paypal link  or email Paul at

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The Easter Weekend!

Spreading the news of a risen savior!

Easter weekend is a special time to remember what Christ has done for all of us, and Mission Creek made it their mission to spread this wonderful news all over Iquitos! Many past groups that came to the POPP went to the zoo or took a little breather, but this group kept on going!

Saturday started with a morning program at the church. The kid's program started out upstairs, with some fun songs and stories. Who doesn't love songs and stories?


Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelujah, Praise Ye The Lord! This is always a favorite song for kids, because they get to sing at the top of their lungs, and stand up when it's turn time to sing!

Mission Creek has been using their newly donated felt board every night for the meetings. On this Saturday morning, they illustrated the story of Jesus dying on the cross, as part of the Easter weekend story.

After the group sang some songs and told some stories upstairs, the kids went down to the normal meeting spot to continue the Sabbath school with the rest of the church. Some kids sat down and listened to the Easter message, while some hung around outside the church.  Many of the kids played in the streets while they waited for their parents to be done in the meetings, or just didn't want to leave quite yet! Below on the left, a young boy enjoys a game of soccer with some of his friends. On the right, Destiny holds a very newly born baby. The kids in Peru are so cute!

Below, Eddy plays a fun game wit the girls. Each time they hit his hand, he raised it a little higher, to see how high the girls could jump. Judging by the smiles on their faces, they were having a good time!

For the afternoon, the group had plans to help repaint the POPP boat, which is used to take groups out into the jungle for an exciting overnight jungle experience. When they arrived at the boat, they found that there was no paint to use, and because it was a holiday (the day before Easter and part of Holy Week), all the paint stores were closed! But that's Peru: even when you make plans, its very likely things don't always work out the way you would want them to. Fortunately, this group's attitude wasn't affected, they just went with the flow! Instead, they came back to the POPP compound and did some worship time, thinking about the sacrifice Jesus made. We think that's a good way to spend the afternoon!

In the evening, the group took a quite trip down to the Plaza De Armas, which is the main plaza in Iquitos. There, they were able to get some ice cream, do some tourist shopping, and just experience Iquitos on a busy Saturday night. The plaza was full of people, including some cool shows of Brazilian Jujitsu, painting, comedians, and venders selling their products.

The next day, the group went out in the morning to do another food distribution in a small community. In this picture, you can see them doing some last minute organization with the food bags in the bus!

The group received a very warm welcome when they arrived at the church! The congregation sang them a welcome song, which included waving to the group and shaking everyone's hands. This church was very appreciative of Mission Creek's kind actions.

As Mary Nell introduces themselves to the congregation, tears begin to form in her eyes. She was so thankful to the people, and expressed that their group would gain so much more from the Peruvian peoples' kindness than the other way around. "In America, " she said, "many peoples' hearts are like stone, but your hearts are like hearts of flesh." And it's true; the kindness and warmth of Peruvian culture is evident, when they invite you into their houses, offer you their food, and pray blessings over your group.

Before handing out food, the church was filled with music! There was music by the girls choir, a sister duet by Rachelle and Selena, a solo performance by Destiny, and much more! Here, the girls sing their hearts out!

Theron helping out with the food distribution!

Feeding the Hungry.

The Fourth Day for Mission Creek.

If there was ever a group that had unending energy and zest for life, it is this group! The students are out all day and late into the evening serving the people of Iquitos, which can be very exhausting, especially with the hot sun beating down. Yet, they never seemed phased! They are not only very dedicated to the work they are doing, but also to having their private time with God in the morning. While Mission Creek does a group worship every morning around 7:15am, the students get up before that to have their own private worship. Mary Nell said that these kids know that if they spend their time with the Lord every morning, then big blessings are going to happen during the day. So far, that certainly seems to be true!

Most of Friday was spent handing out food to the poorer communities in Iquitos. In the morning, they went to a small community in Belen. In the afternoon, they headed back out to a small community called Tupac, where they had visited in previous years. Many people in the community remembered their group, so it was nice for some to catch up and talk about how God had been working in their lives since the last visit.


The community members all came into their small Adventist church, and the group put on a short program before handing out the food, which included some introductions, some music, and prayer.  In the above picture, you can see the group introducing themselves to the community members.

Mary Nell catches up with one of the community members, who shared that her daughter had been extremely sick. but God healed her and she is in perfect health now!

Here is the result of all the hard work the students have done, separating and bagging portions of food to give out. These bags were so heavy, they had to use wheelbarrows to get them into the bus!

After the short service, the names of the members were called one by one, and the kids brought the individual servings of food to them as their name was called. They gave out hundreds of bags of food that afternoon!

Above, the people in the community walk back to their homes, down the dirt road with their bags in hand. It was a blessing for Mission Creek to catch up and be able to lend a helping hand!

At 5:30, the group hopped right back on the bus, and made the 20 minute journey down the busy streets of Iquitos in order to put on their third night of meetings. By the time they got there, there were already kids waiting inside and out of the church. It's nice to have a welcoming party!


As with before, the service was full of songs, stories, and eventually, coloring! We think these kids are going to be professional "colorers" by the end of Mission Creek's time!

As the nights go on and the meetings continue, God continues to work in the hearts Mission Creek and the people they are here to help. Every word and every interaction is a chance for something wonderful to happen, and Mission Creek's faith in God's ability to use them is as strong as ever. They have given food to the hungry, helped heal the sick, and given smiles to those who were down. With still 10 days to go, it will be exciting to see how many more lives they are able to impact. Continue to pray for the Mission Creek group here in Iquitos, Peru.

Let's Get To Work!

Preparing for the first night of meetings.

After a good night's rest, Mission Creek was back at it the next morning, continuing their efforts of sort and separate the beans and rice into smaller portions (4 pounds each, to be exact). This food will be distributed starting tomorrow, so pictures will be coming very shortly. They plan on distributing the food to 8 communities, which means that hundreds of people will be blessed by their kindness!

After a morning of sorting, the group headed out in the afternoon to continue inviting the surrounding community to the meetings in the church, which would start that night. Before they split up to begin their invitations, they took a moment to pray for a blessing over the interactions they would be having with the people door to door. Below, you can see them standing on the corner, heads bent in prayer.


Along the way, they met many people who were very interested in coming to the meetings. Each person they met had their own story, and seemed to be thankful for the invitations they received. It became evident that most households had a strong existing belief in God. As the group went along, they also gave out a small gift to every family. A small bag of toiletries including toothpaste, tooth brushes, and soap was given away, which everyone was very thankful to receive.

Above on the left, an older gentleman is holding his small gift. He suffers from very poor vision and his wife is sick. He told them that he would not be able to attend the meetings, but that his son would be able to go. The group prayed for his health and blessed their family. Above on the right, the picture says "Dios Te Ama," which means "God loves you," in Spanish. What a nice thing to see engraved in the sidewalks of this small community!

It was quite common for the group to be invited into the houses of the community members.  The woman in the picture above has been a Christian for 4 years, and she shared her testimony of the arthritis in her knees. She was suffering great pain, to the point of barely being able to stand or sit. She prayed for God to heal her, and she began taking some natural medicine, called "Camu Camu," a local fruit. She mashes it up with honey and has been drinking it everyday, and the pain has disappeared! As you can see in the photo she is able to knees down to pray, which is a wonderful testimony of the power of God's healing, and also of using natural medicines straight from what God has created.

Most families the group encountered had someone sick in the family. It is common for families to be unable to afford proper medical care. The group began talking to a woman sitting on her door step, and when they asked her what prayer requests she had, she said her mother was very sick. As it turns out, the mother was in the house, so Judy, the group's nurse practitioner, was able to enter in and assess the problem. The woman had gallstones and diabetes. She laid in pain most of the day, unable to go to the hospital because many of the doctors were on vacation because of Santa Semana (Holy Week). Luckily, God has a way of working things out! The POPP knows of a group of doctors coming in less than a week to Iquitos, and we are trying to schedule with them a surgery for her as soon as possible. Continue to keep this woman in your prayers!

Above on the right, the children LOVE handouts! They followed the groups around most of the day, and each of them wanted to receive an invitation to the meetings. You can see them all reaching out for an invitation in the picture above. Imagine what it was like when they were giving out bags of toiletries! It was a full on dog pile!

Later in the evening, the group started their first meeting. Kids began to trickle in, many of them shy to go into the church without their friends. But once a few came in, there were kids coming into the church throughout the entire meeting! The space was a bit small, so the church felt nice and full!


At six O'clock, the group started the meeting for the kids, followed by the adult meeting at seven. The group sang some fun songs, and then proceeded to tell the story of creation, using the felt board pictured below. After story time, it was coloring time! Everyone loves to color, so the kids got pretty excited when the group handed out some cool pictures and crayons.

As the kids left the church after their meeting, the adults began to pour in, eager to hear the message the group would deliver. We were very excited to see that the church was just as packed for the adult meetings as it was for the children's meetings!

The girls sing a beautiful special music for the adults. Their song was followed by a healthy chorus of "amen!".

Mark gave the message for the evening. He spoke about the incredible power and love of God! The sermon was accompanied by a Power Point with pictures and bible verses.

After, Mark sang a special music on the guitar. The song was beautiful. You can tell that he has been playing for a long time!

With the church full for both the children's and adult meetings, it seems  that Mission Creek's first day went extremely well! It's likely that the number of people who attend will only grow as the news continues to spread through the neighborhood. While there are many problems in the world, a  church packed with people certainly isn't one of them.

Mission Creek is Here!

Let the Mission Creek Mission Work Begin!

If you are receiving this email, then your email address has been provided to the People of Peru Project team by someone in the Mission Creek Mission Group. We will be sending you frequent updates of your group's activities here, including pictures and stories from the day. Our goal is to help you see the people of Peru right alongside your friends and family who are here. We hope you enjoy being part of this experience!

Mission Creek arrived at around 8:30am this morning in the Iquitos airport, looking a bit tired, but happy to have their feet on the ground. They weren’t only greeted by some of the People of Peru Project (POPP) staff, but also a local news reporter, who wanted to know why the group was in the area. After only a few minutes in the city, the group is already getting publicity!

After a short bus ride from the airport to the POPP compound, the group settled in and enjoyed a breakfast of egg sandwiches and fresh fruit smoothies. Since the group was pretty tired, after getting their fill they went off for a nice late-morning nap. It’s amazing how tiring traveling is!

After lunch, the group had a short orientation on the rules and regulations of the POPP compound. Some of the members of Mission Creek have heard this before, because they have been coming every year for quite a long time! But there will always be first-timers, so it's necessary to lay down the law (Not that anyone would get in trouble, anyway!).


The activities on the agenda for the late afternoon included a visit to POPPYS house, which stands for People of Peru Project Youth Services. This is a lovely facility out in a rural part of Iquitos, where young girls with troubled backgrounds come to live and get a free education through the POPP. Currently, there are 17 wonderful girls there, and Mission Creek went out to meet them and play some games!

They played QUITE a variety of fun games, including soccer, volleyball, tag, and Simon Says! Another fun activity was the collection of some fresh, local coconuts. One of our visiting long term volunteers from a few years ago, Ryan Haberly, was kind enough to knock a few coconuts out of the tree, and the kids really enjoyed the fresh, healthy taste of a natural coconut!


After some fun and games for a few hours, the sun began to set in the sky, signaling it was time for Mission Creek to return back to the POPP compound. For this group, we don't think night could have come sooner. After dinner and a short worship, they were more than ready to hit the hay for the night, in order to rest up for their first official day of work.

After a good night's rest, the group rose up and had a fun morning adventure at the Belen Market, which is the biggest market in Iquitos. There, you will find all sorts of food and items typical of Peruvian culture, and some not so typical items. A few examples include fish, chicken, tropical fruits and veggies, grubs, crocodile tail, and medicinal plants. As always, the market was packed, and everyone guarded their belongings as they journeyed through the hot market!


The group arrives at the Belen Market. They begin taking in the sights. In front, Oswaldo, one of our amazing translators, begins explaining some of the things the group will be seeing in the market.

One of the may streets in the Belen Market. This one was particularly empty. On the side of the street, venders are selling many kinds of tropical fruits and other produce. It's wonderful to see all the colors and shapes of the exotic fruits you can find in Peru!

The group started handing out Spanish tracts right away! As they walked through the market, the handed out small pamphlets about the love of God and information about the end times. Most people graciously accepted it! In this picture, Rachelle hands one of the local venders one of her tracts.

Some of the "delicious" things they sell at the market! Here we have some cow blood, stomach, and other cow parts of unknown origin. Hey, at least nothing is wasted!

Some people were brave enough to try some new foods. On the left, one of the group members tries a local fruit called "Camu Camu," which is a popular fruit used in juice and ice-creams. Unfortunately, in it's natural state, it's pretty sour, as you can probably tell by her expression! On the right, the tasty morsel he is trying is NOT a's a worm! A common local snack is a grub called "Suri," which grows in the wood of a tree called the aguaje tree.  The grubs are harvested, seasoned, and roasted over an open flame. Needless to say, he wasn't a big fan of the grub, because he spit it out just after his tongue touched its skin! We congratulate both of these brave souls for their adventurous spirits.

After the group spent their morning in Belen, they headed back for lunch and started putting together some hygiene care packages to handout to some local people in the community. They also used these care packages as a way to introduce themselves to the people, and to invite them to the evangelistic meetings that Mission Creek will be putting on throughout the week.

The group split into 4 different groups, and they all headed different directions, knocking on every door along the street and personally inviting the families to join them every night for the next week and a half. Sometimes, the groups were invited into the houses of the local people to visit and pray with them.


After spreading the word about the upcoming evangelistic series to the neighborhood, the group STILL wasn't done for the day! They went straight back to the POPP compound, and started dividing the large sacks of rice and beans they purchased into smaller portions to give away to families in the community. It was definitely a team effort, but after about an hour, they had sorted and sifted hundreds of individual bags to feed the local people! There will probably be some fun pictures to come when the group gives these blessings out!

The first two days of Mission Creek's mission have been very successful! They have definitely laid the foundation and planted the seeds for a week full of blessings to harvest. With some exciting meetings at night for the children and the adults, we anticipate that there will be many smiles to be seen in the time ahead of us. For now, these three girls are the first. We thank you for being part of the People of Peru Project experience.

To see the full collection of picture taken of the Mission Creek Peru Trip Group, please visit our "People of Peru Project" Facebook page and "like" us to receive the daily updates on your group's activities! You can also click here to visit the photo album directly, which we will be updating often with new snapshots of the day's activities. We also ask that you check out the People of Peru Project website, where you will find more stories and pictures of the great work that has already been done in Peru.

If you want to get more personally involved with the projects in Iquitos, we have plenty of ways you can help. Currently, the most pressing need is sponsorship for 57 disadvantaged children who are in need of financial assistance with their education.

For only $120 dollars, you can send a child to school for an entire year, including the tuition, uniforms, and school supplies. Receiving an education should be a universal human right, as an education leads to higher paying jobs, personal empowerment, and a way out of the cyclical nature of poverty. Our job is not just to take care of the needs of others, but to provide tools for others to be change-makers in their own communities.

If you would like to help sponsor a child or help in any way financially, please go to our Paypal link here or email Paul at

Be part of the solution with the People of Peru Project!


With Blessings,
The People of Peru Project Team

In the Jungle, the Mighty Jungle!
Visiting the Bora Tribe and Sleeping in the Amazon.

Written by Jen of the Jungle

It's the moment they've all been waiting for: the trip deep into the jungle! Thursday morning, the group packed their bags and drove down to the port, where the POPP boat was awaiting them.

The group over looks the port area, where they will begin their river journey to the Bora tribe and beyond. The boat you see there is the POPP boat, which they constructed themselves!

The kids are all seated at the bottom of the boat. Only a few people can be on top of the boat at once, due to potential balance issues.

But everyone took turns being up top, and getting a chance to "hang out" in the hammocks on their way down the river! What a relaxing way to experience the jungle!

As the boat left the port, everyone enjoyed the view of Iquitos and the surrounding area while the breeze cooled them off from the hot sun and humidity. Well, at least for the lucky ones on the top of the boat!

The first stop for the group was Monkey Island, about 45 minutes from the boat port. Monkey island is a place where certain species of monkeys roam free, and come up close to humans to take food. If you don't hide your glasses or other removable items, they will take them too! There weren't only monkeys there; a sloth, some snakes, and some beautiful birds were there as well. The group enjoyed getting up close and personal with these amazing creatures.

After visiting the monkeys, the real trip into the jungle began. The group made their way into the Amazon river, after passing over some of the smaller rivers that surround Iquitos. The greenery began to thicken, and butterflies fluttered throughout the boat. There were even some massive morpho butterflies, which are characterized by a vibrant, glittering sky blue on the top of their wings!

Members of the Bora tribe were waiting for them when the boat arrived at the port. The clothing they are wearing is a traditional garb worn for many generations.

The Bora tribe introduced themselves, then performed a variety of songs and dances, a long time tradition passed down in their culture. While the songs were sung in the Bora language, I asked the chief what the lyrics of their songs were. Many of them involved animal themes, including smashing the head of the anaconda, which is often seen as an enemy to the local people. It is no surprise that the lyrics focus on animals and nature, as this is what the Bora tribes used to rely on for their sustenance.

For the last dance, members of  the Bora tribe ran up to the kids in the group, and one by one, grabbed them and had them dance along side the Boras! Hands were linked, and the chain of people ran back and forth underneath the large hut.

After some dancing with the tribe, the group was let loose to go shopping and trading for some traditional Bora merchandise. All of it was hand made, and extremely ornate. They could either use soles to purchase their souvenirs, or they could trade some of their possessions that the Boras wanted. Some people in the group traded their hats, head bands, and other accessories, and they got a really good deal!

After they said their goodbyes to the Bora tribe, they continued their jungle adventure by going deeper into the jungle. Finally, hours later, they arrived at their destination! Their sleeping arrangements were tents on the hard ground in one of the huts; after sleeping there last night, many of the kids were very thankful for the comfortable beds they have back at home in the States and also at the POPP compound!

The evening was spent doing a VBS program, and supposedly, the entire village showed up! Approximately 80-90 people jammed into the small facility, and the kids sang songs and did crafts with the locals.
Later, when the group was trying to sleep, there were a few boys in the group who were causing some trouble. You can ask them what happened when they get back, as they will probably want to tell you the story themselves! Between the boys, the hard floor, the heat, and the loud jungle sounds, most of the group was lucky if they got a couple hours of sleep!

The next morning, the group played some games with the kids before loading back on the boat to head back to the compound. After their goodbyes, the group enjoyed a leisurely, breezy ride back into Iquitos. When they returned, the afternoon was spent relaxing and going and buying some souvenirs before VBS that evening. 

The kids were enjoying VBS so much, they were recording the singing and activities on their phone so they could experience it even after the group is long gone!

Tonight, Alex shared the story of Moses and the Red Sea. He had some of the kids come up to volunteer being the Israelites and Pharaoh's men. The kids seemed to enjoy being an active part of the story!

It's difficult to believe that this group only has ONE more day here in Peru. The time has gone by way too quickly, both for us at the POPP and for the group as well. It's been both hard work and an incredible amount of fun with SLA here. We look forward to tomorrow being a great last day in Peru.

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With blessings,
 The People of Peru Project Team


Going Out With a Bang!

Finishing projects and Saying Goodbyes.

Written by Jen of the Jungle

By now, the group has a pretty good idea of what it's like to be in Peru for the rainy season! They were hoping for their last day of work, that the rain would let up and let them have it a little easier, but dream on! Oh well. A little mud never hurt anyone. Have a look!

Since today was the end of the work week for the group, they worked extra hard on trying to finish the projects they had started.

The jungle gym project wasn't quite completed, but they put a major dent in the project. They were able to replace 13 of the rotted bases with cement foundations, even with all the rain and muddy conditions!

The guys help prep the foundations where the cement will be poured. They create a casing of chicken wire with tarp inside to provide a structure for the cement.

The cement is poured into the structure via wheel barrow, after the guys hand-mixed the cement earlier. They all have a new found appreciate for cement mixer machines!

Pictured are three of the completed cement bases for the jungle gym. This will help ensure that the foundations don't get rotted out, and will keep the structure strong for many years of future playtime!

The group was able to repaint several of the rooms at POPPYS house. What color did the girls want in their rooms? Why, pink, of course!

Up until the last minute of the work day, the group was pounding boards to finish the new fence they were replacing. They re-posted over 200 planks during their time! It took a lot of teamwork to complete, including cutting the boards, carrying them back and forth, pulling old boards out, drilling and hammering, and having some fun in between.

Here are a few more highlights from the rest of the work day:

Before the group gave their final goodbye to POPPYS house, they had some small gifts to give the girls. They handed out purses filled with some goodies and a stuffed animal. It was lovely to see the girls really enjoy their gifts!

Last night was the last night of VBS before the group headed into the jungle, so it was a little bitter sweet. But what was amazing was the difference in the amount of kids from the first day to the last; we went from about half the church filled with kids to all the pews being packed! There were so many kids by the end, there was barely any room for the group to sit, so they had to stand in the back! What a blessing.

The song service was loud, and the laughing and smiles permeated the room. If the group was tired from their long days of work, it didn't show on their faces as they interacted with the kids.

At the end of the program, the group gave out a small stuffed animal to all the kids, and then they said their goodbyes. You can be sure that the room was full of extended arms, necessary for a good "selfie." Pictures with new friends is always necessary. Many of the SLA group will carry the memories of these kids in their heart for many, many years to come; and it is likely that the kids who came to VBS will remember this group as the group who taught them new songs, lessons about Jesus, and found someone new to smile and laugh with.


And So It Was The Fifth Day.

Giving away kindness and building relationships.
Written by Jen of the Jungle

Mid week is essentially here, and the project time for the group is nearly complete! after 3 hard days of tireless work, the team continues on. Even now, at 9:15pm, the singing of the harmonizing girls can be heard outside, along with the screaming of the boys. Their spirit never seems to cease, even when their bodies are exhausted, and some of them a little redder than when they first arrived.

The group is making progress on their various projects at POPPYS house. These projects include re-lacquering the doors, new mosquito screens on the windows, a new fence being put in, newly installed clothes lines, getting new foundations for the jungle gym, and that's not even all of it! With the ground soft and muddy from a night of hard rain, the work not only becomes tiring in the sun, but messy as well (and in some of the mud, a little smelly!).

Some brand-spankin' new clothes lines for the girls at POPPYS house. It's much more common to wash clothes by hand here, so having lots of drying space is very important!

After a long night of rain, this is the kind of ground the kids have to work in! After a few nights in a row of tropical rainstorms, the condition of the ground is not surprising.

All over POPPYS house, the team leaves a trail of hard work and sweat in their wake. All day, they continue to work on their individual tasks that they have taken on. Below are a collection of the ongoing projects they are working on.

The group has ripped off all of the rotten boards from the fence and are rebuilding. Here's what's left after they removed all the bad planks!

Teachers and chaperones definitely pulled their weight as well!

Thank Goodness we have someone taking the reigns for cutting the new fence planks! He looks like a real professional.

Planks had to be measured and marked before they could be cut for use.

One project that was giving the guys grief was replacing the base for the jungle gym. They had shovelled all the water out of the base yesterday and dug a trench to try and keep the water out, but the rain was too strong last night, and their efforts proved a little futile. There was  some initial discouragement when they saw the damage, but they picked their spirits up and kept going! Instead of getting down, they got to work.

All of this water needs to be removed again from the posts!

After bailing out the water from the base, they were able to fill a cement foundation using tarp and chicken wire to create the vessel for the cement. The process is long and tiring, especially because they had to mix their cement by hand!

Sand had to be packed around a new pipe that was put in the ground, in order to help improve drainage from the soccer field. Every time it rains, it gets muddy; this new pipe will hopefully resolve the issue.

The group had to shovel their sand into wheel barrows for transport! They used the sand both for packing the new pipe and also for mixing in with the cement.

The path from the sand pile to the cement mixing station is a treacherous one! It takes a lot of skill to pull off that balancing act! We are happy to report that the sand (and person) made it safely to the other side of the planks.

The kids must have been working hard and making a lot of noise at the same time, judging by the audience they attracted at the gate!

Later at VBS, it became obvious that new friendships have formed between the SLA group and the kids coming to VBS. Right after exiting the bus, excited kids were waiting to run up and throw their arms around their new friends! It didn't take long for the kids to warm up to the new company, especially when coming to VBS is just so much fun.

Let the good times roll.

By the third night of VBS, the kids have the motions for "I Just Wanna Be a Sheep" completely  memorized.

Aaron gives the lesson for the night, featuring three little boys as Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in a short skit.

After VBS, the group discussed a few questions. One of them was "If you could give  something to these kids, what would it be and why?".

Education, to have hope and more knowledge.

To speak English, to increase their job prospects.

Soap and sanitation, to decrease the high infant mortality rates.

Music, because the kids love to sing.

Love, because you can tell some of them don't have enough of it.


We at the People of Peru Project are proud to say that there is plenty of love in this group to go around, and we have enjoyed watching their love in action.



Learning to be Thankful.

Lessons of Love and Gratitude.
Written by Jen of the Jungle

Allow me (the author) to go into first person mode for just a paragraph or two. I have to say that it's been 8 years since I've been in high school, and I've forgotten the sheer force of energy and endurance that even one high schooler can possess, let alone a group of twenty something! I've been very impressed with the ceaseless energy they have had, even though they have early mornings (rise and shine at 6:45), long days (physical work until 5pm in the evening) and busy nights (VBS until 8:30). I huff and puff trying to keep up, and all I do is take photographs! I have no doubt that they will be able to complete the work they have come here to do.

With that being said, it is no surprise that the group attacked the day with as much vigor as the last. During the morning, they returned to POPPYS house to continue working on the projects they started on Sunday. What was on the agenda?

Painting hand rails.

Building netting covers for windows to  keep mosquitos out:

Prepping doors for repainting:

Making repairs on the jungle gyms and fences:

Playing with the baby chicks (Including chasing them):

Digging holes for new clothesline posts:

And getting a little more up close and personal with mother nature:

All is well in the digging world.

The ground proved a little more slippery than anticipated!

Well, at least the mud was probably nice and cool!

When the group returned from a long day of work and a healthy dose of rain while at POPPYS house, no complaining was heard. A quick shower and a change of clothes left them ready for their last task of the day: VBS.

While waiting for the group to get ready, I took the chance to ask some of the kids some more personal questions about the trip. Here is what they had to say:

Question: What motivated you to come on this trip?

Tori Stong: The last mission trip I took to Kenya, Africa was so amazing and had such an impact on my life that I wanted to do it again.
Jorge Huerfano: The wanting to help people and to just learn more of a different culture. It also gets pretty boring in New England so a change of scenery is always nice!

Question: What is a personal or spiritual goal you hope to accomplish?

Tori Stong: To leave an impact, no matter how small, on the people I have and will meet; and to, when I go home, still be able to do something for them.
Jorge Huerfano: To help as many people as I can or just leave a smile on their face. I want to leave the world a bit better than it was when I came into it.

News must have spread quickly through the neighborhood that VBS was in town, because the crowd increased by leaps and bounds! As the group pulled into the church, there were kids already waiting near the door, and waved exuberantly as they saw the bus approaching. Not only that, but even after they started, kids were still streaming in!

The VBS consists of a song service, spoken word, and a craft. The noise and voices of the singing kids last night dwarfed in comparison to the noise level tonight! When you are singing hallelujah and jumping up and down, who wouldn't want to make noise at the top of their lungs?

What is lovely to see is the relationships that are beginning to form. Even after one night, the kids recognize the kindness and compassion in the hearts of SLA, and are responding to it. After closing prayer, you couldn't look anywhere without seeing hugs and kisses between the new friendships that are forming. It seems that God is working in the hearts of everyone involved, kids and teenagers alike.

It could be that these two little girls just needed help with their craft project, but we think that these mothers just couldn't resist doing some crafts themselves!

After today's work, everyone gathered together to talk about the day. The theme of tonight's reflection time was thankfulness. Chaplain Jonathan asked everyone "What are you thankful for?".

Clean water. friends, old and new. The friends and family that helped the group get here. The wonderful staff at the POPP compound. A little break from the rain. The smiles on the kid's faces at VBS. 

What is better to focus on at the end of the day than thankfulness? Even though one or two in the group were feeling a little under the weather, the rain came down at various times today, and the work is very tiring, there have been no words of complaint; instead, this group chooses to focus on the friendships they are forming with each other and the new experiences they are able to have. Indeed, the relationships that are forged in the mission field are special friendships; ones that tend to last a lifetime and linger in the mind, many years after the trip has come to an end. Some might think back to the time they tried a grub in the market, or fed a hungry kid on the street. Or, it could be as simple as holding a small boy, and knowing that God has plans for his future, and yours as well.



The Group has Landed!

Let the good work for the people in Iquitos begin.

Written by Jen of the Jungle

Greetings from Peru!

If you are receiving this message, then a friend or family member of the South Landcaster Academy Mission trip to Peru has given us your email. As you may know, your friends and family have come to Peru to do some life-changing work, and they will be very busy. Through this newsletter, we at the People of Peru Project will be sending out frequent updates with pictures, stories, and all the happenings of the group's time in Iquitos. That way, you won't have to wonder what little Susy or Johnny have been up do; you just have to check your email, and we will take care of the rest! We also encourage you to forward this email to others who you think may enjoy the work that is happening here in Peru.

We sincerely hope you enjoy being part of this experience.

The group finally arrives in Iquitos, in style, we might add! We are sure they are relieved to finally stretch their legs.

The groups walks through the doors to the POPP Headquarters! You can see an array of emotions, from excitement to exhaustion.

As you can imagine, or may have experienced yourself, international travel is exhausting! With flight changes, low-quality dozing in airports, and probably a few stiff backs and necks, the group touched down in Iquitos this morning at approximately 7:30am. We are happy to report that everyone arrived in one piece!

The group was picked up by Paul, the founder of the organization, and they all piled onto the charming People of Peru Project (POPP) bus. The POPP headquarters is only about five minutes from the airport, so by 8:30 everyone had their luggage sorted, and were already taking in the sights.

After a short introduction from Paul and a bite to eat, the group was sent away for a few hours of well-deserved rest and recovery.

Our cooks made beautiful gluten burgers from scratch! Have no fear; while at the POPP project, this group will have plenty of delicious food to give them energy for their work!

After a nap, lunch, and a meeting to explain the rules and regulations of the compound, the group continued their orientation by visiting POPPYS house, which stands for People Of Peru Project Youth Services. This is a facility for young girls from unstable backgrounds to come and live, work, and receive an education. They are a wonderful, beautiful, and talented bunch of girls!

Some of our fabulous POPPYS girls, with Teresa (right), one of our sponsored students who is living at the POPP compound.

The group had an afternoon of some fun activities, including a game of soccer. Memorable moment of the game? That would have to be getting the soccerball stuck in a palm tree! We had a brave volunteer try and retrieve the ball with some heroic efforts, but when push came to shove, a ladder was necessary.

Care to guess who won the game? It was the POPPYS girls, who beat the boys 10-3! That's what happens when you play soccer in Peru! Some of the POPPYS girls also taught the Landcaster group a new game, which was a more mild, gentle version of dodge ball.

As the sun was getting ready to set, the group had a nice vespers service for the girls, which included songs, a worship talk involving some volunteer acting, and a coloring actiity to end the day.


One of the students attempting to retrieve the ball, monkey style. He made it to the top, but was unable to get the ball loose from the branches.

After a valiant attempt, a ladder and bamboo stick was brought out, which proved to be a more effective approach.

The group help to lead out in song service. The South Landcaster group and POPPYS girl group each took turns leading out in a song. The sound was lovely to hear as the sun began to set, welcoming in the Sabbath

Quite the captive audience! Here we have a mingling of locals with the new group. We even had a few visitors; during the soccer game, we attracted a few boys from the community. They decided to stay for worship!

The bus ride back too the POPP project was anything but quiet; all the sports must have gotten their endorphins racing, because the group sang their hearts out the entire way back! We are soldiers, I just wanna be a sheep, and a myriad of other fun songs were sang down along the road, bumping in the dark, drawing stares from the locals walking down the streets.

While the sound of high spirits poured from the bus, it didn't take long for the exhaustion to settle in on everyone once they returned to the compound. As the tired bodies finally hit the hay, the first day of South Landcaster's experience was at an end, and all went silent, except for the croaking of the frogs and the humming of the fans.



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Dr. Erling Oksenholt and Friends from Linoln City, Oregon

What an amazing team....Scroll down and don't miss a thing.

by Jennifer Milchenko 

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Continuing the Good Work.

Reaching the Community on the highest hill.

Written by Jen of the Jungle

Disclaimer: There are a few photos today with some graphic content. If you are not comfortable viewing some pictures related to dental work and other small procedures, please read with caution. Thanks! 

Happy Monday Everyone! We here in Peru had a fantastic start to our work week (though, we have been working the last 3 days as well!).

One thing that was starkly different about this community today, in comparison to the previous ones we have worked with was the houses: not a single one of them was on stilts! Because of the common flooding in Iquitos, it's common and almost expected that communities will build their houses on stilts to protect their dwellings during the high waters. Later, we learned that this community was at the highest point of Iquitos, so they didn't need stilts. As a community member, it must be nice to not worry about their houses being destroyed by the incredibly powerful rain that you can only experience, to believe!

Just like most of the rest of the world on a Monday morning, we went to work too! But our workday obviously didn't include well-ironed pants or a Starbucks latte (Maybe with an extra few shots for good measure). The journey was a little messy this time, as the location was a much longer walk than usual. Remember, most roads in Iquitos aren't paved, so those of us who wore flip flops today weren't so fortunate!

What was the word of the day today? HOT. The sun definitely decided to make an appearance, and scrubs that started their day off as light blue were definitely a few shades darker than they began. AKA: a lot of sweating! (Mucho sudando, as the Spanish language would dictate).


Down in the dental area, our amazing team reported that there was a much higher rate of deep, decaying roots than on previous days. Many of the teeth were so delicate, that once they got a good grip on the tooth to remove it, the tooth would simply break off. Some teeth completely fell apart, and in some cases the remaining root can be difficult to find. 
The team is limited  by the instruments that they take to the community clinics. Yet, they are still making huge differences for many individuals! Check out the pictures below to see how this older gentleman named Augusto will benefit from the work our team is doing.

First, Augusto's decayed teeth needed to be removed to prevent further dental complications down the road. You can see in the photograph all of the discoloration on the tooth roots, indicating that the decay ran deep.

Want some exciting news? Augusto will be getting a brand new set of teeth over in the POPP clinic by Dr. Ray! This means that in the next newsletter, you will be able to see the before and after pictures of this man's new smile!

Pulling out teeth wasn't the only form of dental help the team was giving out. What is just as important (or even more important) is prevention and education, so that tooth pulling doesn't need to happen. Almost every family seen had small children, and all of them received fluoride to help protect their teeth. Tooth decay has been incredibly rampant at every clinic the group has done.
In addition to applying fluoride, they have been giving out toothbrushes and toothpaste to help prevent further damage.

All of the high school students are becoming very proficient at applying fluoride. The process is easy: the child opens their mouth, and the fluoride is applied by brushing it over and around the teeth.

These kids are happy to show off their new gifts!

NOTE: the next story include some slightly graphic content.
The boy in the next story came to our doctors complaining of pain in his toe. When the doctors took a look, the discovered he had a very bad damaged toenail. Because of its condition, the best course of action was to remove the toenail entirely, ensuring the issue would not be recurring. We are lucky to have Dr. Darrell, a Podiatrist who has done this minor surgery many times.

Surgery prep begins with numbing the toe, then wrapping a rubber tube around the toe to cut off the circulation, decreasing the amount of blood flow during the surgery.

After the toe is prepped, all the foot is covered except for the toe, which pokes through a hole so that it is the only part of the foot showing. The entire nail is loosened around the cuticle to make removal easier. Once loose, the nail comes off. The cuticle is scraped to ensure there is no nail left behind.

Scraping the cuticle of the nail bed to check for any remnant nail.

During the procedure, his mother held her son and covered his eyes. As long as he didn't see what was happening, he didn't seem to mind or feel any pain. Clutching a Toy Story ball, he seemed pretty content during the surgery. Thanks to our doctors, this little toe will heal nicely. 

Here are a few more pictures from throughout the day:

Working closely with people in need can sometimes leave the spirit weary if we forget the purpose of what we are here to do. While we know that the work being done is necessary, children will still cry, either out of pain or confusion with what is happening to them in the doctor or dentist chair. Yet, there is always at least one smile to be found, waiting around a corner, or lying in wait, ready to be discovered. I'd like to end the day dwelling not on the tears, but on the smiles and good work that has been done.

To see the full collection of photos taken of Dr. Oskenholt's group, please visit our "People of Peru Project" Facebook page and "LIKE" us, and receive our latest news. You can also clickhere to view the photo album directly. We will be adding new photos to your groups album every day. Also, check out our website at  There, you will find more picture and stories along with the history of People of Peru Project.

If you want to get more personally involved with our projects here in Iquitos, we have plenty of ways that you can help. Currently, our most pressing need is for 57 student sponsorships for impoverished children that want to start school in March.

For only $120 dollars you can send a child to school for the entire year. Receiving an education is invaluable, as it leads to higher paying jobs and a way out of the cyclical nature of poverty. If you would like to help sponsor a child, or help in any way, please go to our Paypal link  or email Paul at

Be part of the solution with People of Peru Project.

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With blessings,
 The People of Peru Project Team


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Day Number Three.

Reaching the people of Punchana

Written by Jen of the Jungle

The end of today brings Dr. Oksenholt's group to the halfway mark of their trip! The time has flown by the last four days, and they have really gotten the hang of the routine! With a breakfast of egg salad sandwiches and a mixed fruit smoothie, a 30 minute bus ride over the hills and through the Plaza brought them to a small community called Punchana, on the outskirts of Iquitos. When they set out, the sky looked ominously grey and ready to rain on the group's medical parade, but luckily, the morning remained rain-free.

The day rolled on and brought with it a multitude of people, filling up the rooms once again to the brim. With the thick humidity and the noises of the expectant crowd, the energy was high and the group hit the ground running.

Michael, Janice, and Maggie were the official pharmacists for the day. With so many patients with so many scripts, we owe them a big thank you for their rapid work and organization!

John Paul starts his day off by applying fluoride to one of the many children who need extra protection for their teeth.

The first dental patient of the day, a little girl of four, came in for a tooth extraction much like many people from the previous days. It became apparent that she was very frightened, and who could blame her? A needle can be a scary sight!  While the tooth came out fairly easily, the bleeding was difficult to stop, as she wouldn't bite down on the gauze after the tooth was removed. When the bleeding stopped, she received a cute little friend from one of the volunteers, which cheered her up!

While this little girl was being taken care of in the dental section, in the next room over was a young lady complaining of severe headaches and eye pain that usually started in the afternoon. She was questioned about the nature of her headaches, and they found out that she sits in the back of her school classroom and cannot read the board! One of our medical practitioners, Morry, created a makeshift eye exam, and it turns out that all this girl needed was a good pair of glasses! Unfortunately, we weren't able to help in that capacity, but we did give her some tylenol to help with the headaches until she can purchase a pair.

Practitioner Morry holds up a card with letters of various sizes, testing to see the young lady's eye sight.

A well deserved lunch of rice, beans, and fried vegetables, all topped up with crema de aji (a very delicious garlic sauce).

After a delicious lunch and well-deserved break, the last of the patients waiting in line were brought into the examination rooms, including a little boy named Jesus. 8 days ago, Jesus had accidentally stepped on a plastic bag that was on fire, and the bag stuck to his foot, creating a deep burn. The wound needed to be cleaned before major infection could occur. Water and iodine was used to clean the wound, which lead to a very upset Jesus, (he even vomited from the pain). While the cleaning process is painful, Jesus and his mother can now rest easy in knowing that the wound is clean and his foot will be on its way to healing.

The Story of the Day:

At Dr. Raj's station, he received a family with three children, which is a very typical patient profile. They came to the clinic today seeking help for their 3 year old son, who had his head wrapped in a towel. When the towel was removed, it was revealed that he had hydrocephalus. (Don't know what hydrocephalus is? Click here to find out) . In addition to this, he had an infected abscess on his stomach and a bad rash in his groin area.

The most striking thing about this family seeking help wasn't the condition of their child: It was the love that they had for him, especially the mother who was holding him. There was never a moment she wasn't kissing and cooing him, rubbing his head tenderly to physically show him that he was loved. It was evident that this mother was fiercely protective of her little boy.

From the perspective of a photographer, one always sees the subject, but what he may forget is what the subject sees when the photographer has his or her lens pointed at them. How many times had this mother seen fingers pointed, or glances that lingered just a little too long? How many nights did she stay awake, afraid her son may never have a normal life? When the photographer is concerned about angles and lighting, the mother is concerned with whether or not her child will survive to grow up and live a happy life. When the photographer is concerned about the popularity of their photograph, the mother is consumed by the anger that everyone else can't see her boy like she can. When the photographer sees his subject, does he also see the humanity in front of the lens?

Today, when I photographed  this woman and her child, I had every intention of using their picture on this newsletter. But quickly after I lowered my camera from my eye, I knew I couldn't use the photo I had just taken. I wish I could have told her how much I admired her for the way she loved her child, but instead, I probably made her feel like her son was a spectacle. For this reason, there will be no photograph. Instead, just close your eyes and imagine yourself holding your own child, that's the most accurate picture I can provide for you.

To see the full collection of photos taken of Dr. Oskenholt's group, please visit our "People of Peru Project" Facebook page and "like" us, and receive our latest news. You can also click hereto view the photo album directly. We will be adding new photos to your groups album every day. Also, check out our website at  There, you will find more picture and stories along with the history of People of Peru Project.

If you want to get more personally involved with our projects here in Iquitos, we have plenty of ways that you can help. Currently, our most pressing need is for 57 student sponsorships for impoverished children that want to start school in March.

For only $120 dollars you can send a child to school for the entire year. Receiving an education is invaluable, as it leads to higher paying jobs and a way out of the cyclical nature of poverty. If you would like to help sponsor a child, or help in any way, please go to our Paypal link  or email Paul at

Be part of the solution with People of Peru Project.

If you have some suggestions, questions or something that will make this newsletter more meaningful to you, Please, email me at:
With blessings,
 The People of Peru Project Team


Copyright © People of Peru Project 2015, All rights reserved.



Thank you so much to all the people that made this years food basket program a success. There were hundreds of people that had some extra special food for the holiday season....Thanks again for your generosity.

This 2014 tax season is finished SOON. If you would like to receive a 2014 tax credit for your donation

Our Paypal Link is:

and our mailing address is: 

People of Peru Project
4804 Kadie St. 
Caldwell, Idaho 83607 

This donation will need to be postmarked before midnight the 31st of December

People of Peru Project is a 501 c 3 nonprofit organization
and your gift is tax deductible 

If you have any questions call Paul Opp at: 509-999-6353
God bless you guys....
You make a difference every year for hundreds of people.

We love volunteer groups
There are always projects to be done and needs to be filled.

We need help with:
  • Water well drilling (it is easy and fun... Ok, not that easy)
  • Building houses for impoverished families (5 day job)
  • Doing medical or dental work in poor communities
  • Providing children's programming in churches and communities
  • Construction, general maintenance or painting
  • Putting on sports camps
  • Hanging out with kids that need a ton of love and affection
Volunteer Dentists Always Needed

We now have digital XRay. This takes the guess work out of the more involved dental work.

Mission Creek School~ Bigger, Better & Back again!

Click this link to see this group Bless the People of Iquitos for the 8th time.

(Part) of the Gem State Academy and Idaho Youth Group

These guys worked like Crazy...
Clcik this link to see them in action 

Tacoma Academy

Don't miss the photos of these students and staff from Maryland, workin' it. Click this link
What a blessing to watch them "Get It Done"

University of North Carolina Wilmington

If you want to see the activites of some enthusiastic nursing students..
click this link. These young people were incredible!

Dr. Erling Oksenholt and team

Click on this link to see what this amazing group accomplished

POPPYS House welcomes back Papa Paul


New resident Yanet, from Cusco



 University Dormitory

The university students, of People of Peru Project, have been enjoying their new dormitory for about a year now. What a beautiful building, what a blessing.



The lower level is a commercial kitchen and dining room. This is a double blesssing when the volunteer groups come.




Amazing Opportunity 

A supporter in the Spokane area has offered to DOUBLE any donation up to a total of $15,000, specifically for our DIGITAL X RAY machine, to make the proceedures safer and more efficient IN our clinic and in the villages and up and down the Amazon River.

We have two complete rooms now and with this giant boost we will be adding a third room soon!

We can sure use some help to make sure we match the total $15,000 that has been promised in the form of a matching fund.

CLICK THIS LINK TO DONATE or contact us at:   for other donation options







This 84-year-old lady lives alone on the outskirts of town. You can see the fish she is drying to sell for her meager income. We found her about a block from her house and told her to go home and wait for us because we were bringing a basket of food for her (more than she could buy in months on her own)
She stood there for a moment and smiled then said, "Even if you are lying to me right now, I am so happy."

If you want to sponsor a family for a special Christmas meal or a food basket, email me at:

with the subject line Christmas Food. Let me know how many families you want to sponsor at $25 a family and I can start putting a folder together so we can start the list. God bless you guys.
Send checks to:
People of Peru Project
4110 Eaton Ave.
Caldwell, Idaho 83607

Or, you can use the PayPal link on our website:




Emperatriz, the little girl who was bitten by the deadly Fer-de-lance snake is out of the hospital after a month. Her foot was debrided beyond the tendons, so the healing is slow and difficult. The 8" draining incisions on both her thigh and calf are healed but scars remain. This is one tough little girl. First she fought for her life and then her leg and then her foot. She faced the odds and beat them all.

I always wonder where little jungle children would go or what they would do if we weren't here? Where would Emperatriz be if you weren't supporting this work? 

Thank God for you, and thank you for saving her, through your donations, encouragement and prayers. 

 People of Peru Project Sends More Kids to School 

The world Ends for 150 Families




Phil Murray 


Life View Productions

Click this link to watch the movie trailer

A new friend of the organization, Phil Murray, came to visit People of Peru Project a short time ago and he had these kind words to say, but first I will say, "Thank you so much Phil, for having the sensitivity and vision to capture the essence of what strive to accomplish in Iquitos."


"Currently I am working on an upcoming film about the People of Peru Project. In early November I spent a week in Iquitos, Peru — a city of about 500,000 people on the Amazon River, in the middle of the Peruvian rainforest — Paul Opp, the founder of the People of Peru Project, and an incredible group of volunteers are working to make the lives of some of the country’s poorest, better. In just a few days with them, I saw a deep commitment to helping others that I have rarely seen in my life."

Movie Trailer 






Dr. Ashley Vanderloop Returns

    Dr. Vanderloop, well-known orthopedic doctor, returned to Iquitos once again, and this time on her own honeymoon! Ashley and her new husband Travis are here for three days before they are whisked off to Cusco to celebrate their new marriage. However, before they leave, Dr. Vanderloop will be performing an entire day of surgeries for anyone who needs immediate orthopedic attention. There is no cost for these surgeries and Dr. Vanderloop has a reputation that speaks for itself. She has been in Iquitos before and performed orthopedic work on patients all over Iquitos. We are looking forward to seeing what kind of work she will do this time around.

    See Dr. Ashley Vanderloop’s work on our Facebook album “Dr. Ashley Returns.”




Dr. Fillman Begins Dental Clinics

    Dr. Dianne Fillman, a regular volunteer, has come again. She is here for a total of five weeks and so far has pulled more teeth than most dentists do in a month. She is relieving so many people of their pain and for that they are greatly thankful. She has also been training our nurses, mechanics, and dental students so they are able to help out in the clinic. Dr. Fillman is currently holding daily clinics (Monday through Friday) for anyone to come who needs dental assistance. Our volunteers are normally in the local clinic owned by the organization but they have also traveled down to Lower Belen to work. Dr. Fillman will continue to have the daily clinics up until her departure, which is the 16th of November. After that, the clinic will still be open, just not everyday.

    View the progress of the clinics here.


New Directors and Their Family Finally Arrives

    Our prayers have been answered. The Walker family has finally arrived from the Scotland and has hit the ground running. Michael Walker, the father, will be taking over Paul’s role, working as the overall director. His wife Molly will become the new director of the university girls. She will be in charge of running the new university program, fulfilling all the girls’ needs, tutoring, scheduling, delegating, and so much more!

    Their oldest daughter, Ellisha, comes to us with many years of being a practiced dental assistant. She has currently been helping out in our Dental clinic with other volunteers that are here. She will eventually be helping run the clinic along with a couple other nurses. The youngest daughter Zipporah has a love for children and will be helping with the tutoring and disciplinary of our two young kids. Finally, the two sons, Tyrece and Tyrone, will continue their homeschooling here in the office and have already become great companions for our children.

    We are so excited for this new family to be here and for the all the new events that are taking place at People of Peru Project. All of these changes are prayers being answered from many years ago. God is moving mountains everyday here in Iquitos!

    See our Facebook album, “The New Directors Arrive”


University Girls Move to their New Home!

    After many months of construction and preparation, our university girls were finally able to move in to the new dorms in the San Juan office. The girls spent all morning packing up all their belongings, which we loaded up into the back of the truck and brought them to their new home. For the first time in at least five years, our girls left their home at Poppys House to begin their new life as young adults.

    There are currently four sponsored girls living in our San Juan facility, two of which have kids of their own. Each one of these girls is regularly attending their university classes and also working here at the office. This new dormitory has been a goal of the organizations for many years and it is finally being accomplished. Our older girls are finally able to have more freedom and responsibility, which will aid in the process of them learning how to become successful, responsible, mature adults.

    To view photos of the moving process and the new dorms, click here.



The Rescue Continues

    Our family from the last house in Belen has vanished. The house is still there but it is completely abandoned. There have been a few sightings of the oldest son and daughter working on the streets but we have not been able to locate where the family is currently living. Our workers are constantly searching for them, following different leads from strangers who claim they have seen the son. However, so far, every single sighting has lead to a dead end.

    We have the court papers, we have the documentation, but we do not have the girls. As soon as they are found, they will be taken straight to the judge, who is waiting to make a ruling. The search continues to find our little girls from the last house in Belen.



Patch Adams Comes to Belen

Yes, it is the same clown doctor as in the movie Patch Adams, starring Robin Williams. Patch comes to Iquitos every year, along with 100 plus clowns. Their objective is to create social change by interacting with children and families in school, communities and social settings.

Encouraging children to look beyond their current life circumstances and aspiring to finish school, avoid drugs, alcohol and unwanted pregnancies is a theme that you will hear repeated often with Patch and his army of humorists. 

Please view our album “Patch Adams Invades Belen” to see their work.




A Rescue in Progress

    The fight has started. The gloves have come off and the claws are extended. This family started out in our transitional house and all the children were enrolled in school. We never could motivate the parents to even look for work so after almost two years of trying, we had to give someone else a chance in the program. Now, we are going round two in an attempt to provide an education and better life for the kids. The two little girls who are forced to beg on the streets and dig through garbage for their PARENTS support, were scheduled to arrive at our facility yesterday. After two hours of negotiating we left with one girl, 12-year-old Veladia, and her father. The first stop was the office. Nitsy and Leo, showered and shampooed and scrubbed, then dressed her in the first new clothes of her life.

    Veladia was well received by the other children at POPPYS house. Most of them can relate all too well and the gentleness and compassion was overwhelming. Veladia spent the first day of her life, playing with children, sitting at a table and eating two full meals (she missed breakfast) and folding her new clothes and putting them in a closet that was all her own. The girls and staff had welcome posters in her room and recent photos of her family hanging on the wall on her side of the room. It was a glad and glorious day until the parents showed up and took her back to the dank dark house surrounded by human waste and rotting garbage. 

    Adults and children cried, some of us just started preparing for the fight. These kids, God willing, will live with us shortly. We need your prayers and more importantly, these little girls need your prayers. 

    Please see the album "Last House in Belen" for the rest of the story. (This story is far from over)


We're Surrounded

    We are surrounded! The flood victims are on one side, the girls in our crisis center on another. Finishing the circle are abused women who have nowhere to go and children that are hungry for an education. Mothers bring babies that are so thin, filled with parasites and weak, which often it is too late. An enemy of poverty and ignorance engulfs us. This gives us the perfect position to be effective.

    We are out of ammunition but you are the cavalry. If we die here our usefulness is finished but you can wage war on this enemy by keeping us alive. There is an organization in them middle of the Amazon Jungle that is waiting to see your banner appear on the horizon. People of Peru Project needs your support right now.

    To see the flood damage of our facility, click here to view the photos on Facebook.