A lively Christmas party for the children and families of Shalom, the Church’s center for people with disabilities in Lima, included singing, dancing in handmade costumes, and a live Nativity Story featuring some of the children, to the delight of their families.
The party was organized by the Reverend Pat Blanchard, long-term U.K. missionary who ministers at the Shalom center and its church. Above, she leads the singing, in Santa red, accompanied on guitar by Penny Marcés (who has served in Peru for more than thirty years, many alongside her husband Padre Juan Carlos) and Luisa Bravo, Shalom center’s coordinator, on tambourine.
The traditional Peruvian folk dance Valicha originates from the Andes mountains, where communities are distinguished by their colorful clothing and woven hats. Even in Lima’s summer Christmas heat, the Shalom dancers donned the traditional style.
The families got to dance, too!
And then the live Nativity Story began.
To wind down the festivities, about eighty children received Christmas shoeboxes. These are the shoeboxes full of personalized presents that were put together by students at one of the girls schools in Lima.