We are Dan and Meri Diamond a lay mission couple working in Lima, Peru with the Missionary Society of St. Columban. We arrived in Lima in January of 2010 after a 7 month experience in El Paso, TX where we worked with migrants and helped with the opening of a mission center that the Columbans had been working on for some time. Since arriving here we have been faced with the realities of a capital city that is home to nine million people, most of which live in poverty and struggle with the basic necessities of life.
Lima is the second largest dessert city after Cairo in Egypt. It’s hot, it’s dusty and the gap between social classes is overwhelming with no sign of improvement as corruption seeps into every layer of society. Needless to say the people that are most affected by the situation here are the financially poor, marginalized and uneducated. Although the inhabitants of the poorest neighborhoods of Lima are financially poor they are incredibly rich in cultural values, determination, a desire to participate in their local churches and the betterment of their communities.
Peru is just one of fourteen countries of the world where we as Columbans plant seeds of hope in times of despair. Pastoral Ministries such as sacrament preparation and Eucharistic celebration at Columban Parishes are only a couple of the areas we participate in this mission region. But there is a whole array of social projects that the Society facilitates to encourage people to get involved and do things for themselves. We try our best to accompany them on their journey by promoting and funding soup kitchens, schools for children with special needs, after school programs, ecological projects, catechism formation, crafts groups for women, personal growth and leadership courses, elderly recreation programs, youth programs; just to name a few.
We have been blessed with the opportunity to visit four of the fourteen mission regions of the world where Columban Missionaries dedicate their lives to walk along the side with the poorest of the poor. Their passion for justice and social development has been the inspiration that has brought us to Peru.
We are now part of this amazing team that needs your support to continue spreading the good news of Jesus and planting more seeds of hope wherever possible.
Please keep us in your prayers and thank you in advance for supporting our efforts.
Dan & Meri Diamond