For the year 2013 we will be highlighting Inca Link Projects throughout the Americas. Each month we will highlight a different Inca Link Project. This month we are starting on the very ministry that got Inca Link going… the Garbage Dump.

Matthew 25 talks about the difference between the sheep and the goats being that the sheep actually did something for those in need, while the goats pretended not to know. This chapter grabbed my heart so much that when we arrived at the Dump we could not stand there with our arms crossed, we had to do something to meet Jesus in His disguises. How could I ever face Him on that Day and hear him say, “You saw me in need and you did nothing! Apart from me!”

After several years of doing this ministry in Trujillo, Peru there was a soccer game planned on the Dump. On Saturdays we would play soccer and then have a one on one Bible study with the guys. That day I was paired up with Moisés who was 15 years old. We always brought food to share before the Bible study, so he said, “I would like to pray for the food!” I thought that was cool. I didn’t even know that he was a Christian yet.

He folded his hands and knelt in the dump. I kind of looked around and didn’t know what to do, but I finally knelt down next to him in the dump. I remember thinking; “this is the first time I have ever knelt before God in the garbage.” There were all kinds of theological implications to what I was doing. Moisés began to pray. “Dear Jesus, thank you for providing food for me today, but I pray for the poor, that you would provide for them today. And if you want, I will share with them what I have here.”

My heart was torn a part. I thought that I was the “poor” missionary. Then I had our “poor” youth group leaders sharing with the “poor” of the Dump, and here is this kid praying for the “poor”. Then it struck me. Jesus in Matthew 25 does not say to go to the poor. He says to go to the needy. Some of the wealthiest people I know live in a spiritual garbage dump! The question is, will we go visit Jesus in His disguises or are we too busy to notice or too comfortable to bother?

Inca Link today is serving the children, youth and adults in the Trujillo, Dump. Thanks to donations from children of the Western PA District and teams we now have a plot of land, and two small buildings. There is a group of teachers going every Saturday to share food (physical), tutoring (social) and hope (spiritual) with 250 people of the dump. While short-term teams have handed out physical fruit at the dump and wonder if there is any other kind of fruit that is produced, we want to assure you that there are people like Stephany, Daniel and others who build on your kindness to produce social and spiritual fruit. Please pray for them.

There is still more work to be done. We need about 5 more short-term teams to come this summer to help us finish this task. Would you be willing to share what you have with those in the dump?


Written by: Rich Brown