“I raise my eyes toward the mountains. From whence shall come my help? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.”
— Psalm 121: 1-2
Driving along the coastline from Lima to Chimbote, the mountains rose on our right side while the ocean skirted the left. As we approached Chimbote, barrios appeared perched on those mountainsides – humble shacks made out of discarded materials, bound together to form a neighborhood where the poorest of poor could live. On one of the home visits, we were encouraged to climb to the top of the hillside behind the barrio to see past it to the other side of the mountain. There we found the most fantastic view of the ocean, the sprawling mountains surrounding it and the lush valley below us. The incredible natural beauty of Chimbote was evident just over the other side of the mountain.