Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Be still.

I want to share with you what has been on my heart recently....

In order to do this I want to share with you the lyrics of a song that has been playing in my head

"Find rest my soul

In Christ alone

Know His power

In quietness and trust

When the oceans rise and thunders roar

I will soar with You above the storm

Father You are king over the flood

I will be still and know You are God"

Things have not always been easy. and yet, God is a God that has power over everything. HE is our rest. HE is the one that saves us.
Many amazing things happened at the medical clinic in the jungle. The LORD was there as he is here now with me. As we began to take care of physical needs, spiritual needs were met as well. As we were there to help put out a house fire, at the exact right moment, as youth were led into a relationship with God through soccer games, children with puppet shows...
So things are not always easy. Yet God is a God of triumph and victory.
He has great things ahead for his children.
My dreams are now bigger than my heart.
My hopes are bigger than my sorrows.
My joy is greater than despair.
Please Pray for:
The impact project in Cusco from February 25-March 10
Our new team of 40/40 missionaries that just arrived
Family Zone project April 9-21...
Safety and Health

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Amazon Adventures

As I sit down to write this I am amazed at the fact that I am in the Amazon Jungle am able to post a blog.
Since arriving here I have
  • become sunburnt
  • grown attached to hundreds of different kids
  • played many many parachute games
  • and been a part of a medical clinic focusing on towns stricken with poverty and in many cases no clean water.

I have also been aware of God's calling on my life. I would love to be living in a missions field in my own special way, ministering through early childhood education. My dream has always been to work with preschool aged kids and more and more this has become more evident in an international setting.

Today I faced one of the hardest moments of my life as I had to turn down about 50 patients from our clinic because we were full. With that said, we were able to help more than 200, all while sharing the love of Christ in our lives.

There are a few things I would love your prayer on:

1. (and maybe the most on my mind) because of the extra travelling i have done for the projects here and the exchange rate it has been more expensive for me to live here than I originally thought. I will need to raise about an additial 4000 dollars to continue this mission without going into debt.

2. For God to continue moving hearts of the people here. I cannot even express how many people I have grown attached to. God is working in BIG ways.

3. For continued health and safety. We have been working very long days.... many times without sleep... but we need your prayers.


Leanne Bennett

PS. yesterday I conquered my biggest fear.... snakes... I HELD AN ANACONDA!

Thursday, December 17, 2009


it is my first Christmas away from home. yet I am amazed at the amount of blessings that have been poured upon me this holiday season.
I am thankful for the recognition that our God is a big and miraculous God. that he can and will bless those that love him.
I have an amazing family. one that i remember every time i listen to i'll be home for christmas and can't help feeling a bit sad.
an amazing group of friends that know me exactly. that confirm my calling. that pray for me.
An amazing church family that sent gifts, that lifts me up in prayers, that i can call home.

I have a home in Peru. I have a family in Peru.
I have dreams for Peru. I am so blessed to be here.

This christmas I am remembering the many ways I am blessed.

Love Leanne

Friday, December 4, 2009

the desert.

As I start to write this blog I have many thoughts filling my head.
thoughts of confusion, of homesickness, of discouragement.
and yet the one that is overpowering all of those is hope and calling.
The Lord is close to the broken hearted.
The Lord is good.
the Lord is filling me with his joy in turmoil.
I will stand firm in the truth.
I will stand firm in the creator.

there are people that love and pray for me. I was incredibly blessed by christmas packages sent by people in my church back home.
another thing I have realized is how amazing and wise my parents are!

I am learning. and for that I am so thankful even if the process is through sacrifice, through pain and through challenge.


Monday, September 28, 2009

1 month!

it's hard to believe that one month ago i landed in this beautiful place called Arequipa...
more and more i have been starting to pick up spanish... today as i was waiting at the post office (which by the way, there is 1 for 1 million people and it is only open 3 hours a day) and i was able to have a conversation with some of the ladies there.
i am missing home and my friends,
but i really am growing to love many people here.
i am so very blessed to be on this journey with alyssa...
in 1 month we will be in puerto maldonado doing a big impact project!
thank you all for your support...
i really do appreciate it:)
Leanne Bennett
please pray for:
continued safety,
continued speed on picking up the language

PS some of you have been asking for my address...
it is
Leanne Bennett
Avenida Lima 110
Arequipa, Peru

Friday, September 11, 2009

my first 2 weeks in Peru

I have been in Peru for almost 2 weeks. It is hard to believe because these 2 weeks have been the hardest/yet 2 of the best of my life.
I am living in Arequipa, Peru with a local family here studying the language.
I am working for extreme nazarene in the planning of an event called familyzone, an outreach for families in Cusco.
I am meeting many new amigos! People here are nice, even when I mess up my spanish! :)
Upcoming Events:
I will be going to Puerto Maldonaldo (the jungle) for a 2 week impact project the 3rd week of October. There we will be showing the Jesus film, playing with the kids, praying for people, and doing whatever needs to be done! Please pray for me to learn the language quickly!
Please Pray for:
language training,
my health (already been facing the flu)
thank you for all your support!

Thursday, July 2, 2009


i have recently been thinking about mediocrity.
i cling to areas of black and white whereas i find we are drawn to the grey areas.
things like not doing what you love, settling to ensure you'll never be alone, never fully allowing yourself to dream bigger has been a way of life.
but i wonder,
what if we dreamed bigger?
what if we challenged more?
maybe that is what Peru will be for me. My hope is that I will go beyond the daily routines, to find myself pushed to the point of exhaustion yet also to true joy.
to learn a new culture, way of life.
but more importantly to learn of kingdom culture.
where we give more than we take.
where we become something other than just us.
less than 2 months.
i'm excited,nervous,scared,details overdrive,
the usuals.