Aldaves embody compassion

March 15, 2017 at 6:00 AM

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Bertha Alicia Aldave and her parents, Bertha, and Dr. Felix Aldave, each play a role in the Luke Society ministry in Trujillo, Peru.

(Editor's note: Apolos Landa is the Luke Society's regional coordinator in South America and the former director of Asociación San Lucas in Moyobamba, Peru. He continues to make his home in Moyobamba.)

Aldaves embody compassion

By Apolos Landa

"The first week of February I had the opportunity to visit the ministry of Dr. Felix and Bertha Aldave in Trujillo, Peru.

It was such an encouragement to see the continuous improvement of their facilities and services delivered to children whom they care and mentor in conjunction with Compassion International.

Nowhere, even among other churches that Compassion serves, have their children been so loved and cared for so tenderly, and at the same time they are modeled into Biblical values and principles of lifestyle that are changing not only the individual future of those kids, but their families as well.

It is amazing to see the change in operation amidst a very violent, drug and delinquency ridden neighborhood.

Bertha, Felix and their team are highly respected and appreciated, and even defended by gang lords.

They have made themselves highly vulnerable while becoming sort of “step parents” for many of the children who have become young girls and boys making dignifying careers at the local universities.

Who could have ever believed?

"But... God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong. God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God" (1 Cor 1:27-29).

Felix goes from strength to strength amidst his dialysis, cataract operations and insulin-dependent diabetes supported by his teammate and wife, Bertha, and his children.

Next story:

A desire to serve (Part III)