Project ID: PE0002-65605
Stray cats laze on the stairs of Lima’s unremarkable “Mighty Fortress,” abuzz with the sound of sewing machines from the adjacent garment factory. Nevertheless, Castillo Fuerte is a stronghold for some of Lima’s most vulnerable little ones.
Factories like the one that abuts the LCMS-run mercy house employ many in the La Victoria district, leaving droves of children solo after school; Castillo Fuerte opens its doors – and Christ’s arms – to them.
Each weekday afternoon, all ages crowd around a string of folding tables for a hot meal, family style. Devoted teachers create a stable environment for academic, emotional, social, and spiritual growth, incorporating extracurriculars like art and music whenever possible. Good behavior is rewarded with much-anticipated outings to a neighborhood park for volleyball or Frisbee.
Twice weekly chapel services reinforce biblical truths and equip children for active participation in Divine Services at the church of which they’re the charter members. By God’s grace, many have been baptized, and if Baptism and confirmation tallies are any indication, the Holy Spirit continues stirring in the hearts of their parents and families.
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The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod Mission Advancement
P.O. Box 66861
St. Louis, MO 63166-6861
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