The couple visited Lima, Peru in early March, hosted by their friend Pastor Dean Milley.
Milley, who is originally from Cambellton, has been living in Peru and serving the community for the past 16 years as a Pentecostal pastor.
Every fall, Milley returns to Newfoundland to raise funds to continue his outreach project in Peru. The Baths — whose musical talents are well known locally — have been lending their gift to Milley’s fundraising efforts and have helped him raise some of this money through gospel concerts and services.
“For the past six or seven years, this has been part of our fall routine,” said Danny Bath of the fundraisers.
It was only in the past two to three years that the couple began to consider taking a trip to visit Milley and learn more about his mission by seeing it first hand.
Once the Baths decided to make the trip, they began collecting items to bring as donations.
“Mostly what we brought with us, we picked up ourselves. Some close friends offered a few items too, but we never asked for anything,” said Marilyn, noting that they initially wanted to make this trip on their own account.
The couple packed several bags of items to take, ranging from sandals and clothing to school supplies and flashlights, and everything in between.
When they arrived, Milley had an agenda ready for them and their days were packed with touring the city and surrounding areas.
It was then that they truly understood the great need and poverty in the area, as well as the benefit of those who offer their outreach.
“You seen the need, it’s right there in front of you,” Marilyn said. “It’s desperate. You can’t take anyone out of their situation, no one can do that, but for a few minutes you can put a smile on their face.”
One of the locations the couple visited was an orphanage.
Once there, they could see the desperate need for more donations, particularly food and supplies. Between them, they decided to make an appeal to friends and family back home for monetary donations.
The Baths were amazed with the quick response.
Over $1,800 Canadian was raised. Thanks to the generosity of the people of New World Island and Twillingate, the Baths were able to return to the orphanage a second time with a large quantity of bulk food items.
They were also given the opportunity to perform at a church service in Independencia-Lima, Peru, as well as an assembly at the Saint Andres school, which was attended by over 800.
When asked if they will return, they agree it is something they will strongly consider.
The experience was very eye opening and humbling.
Marilyn said, “I came in the house and looked around and said, how good do we have it?”