Helping the People of Peru Walk in the Light

By Rev. Debbie Dienstbier

“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as courses, and they come back to us as effects.” —Herman Melville

On my personal journey I have been very blessed in understanding the benefits of being of service to all. While a large number of people spend most of their lives looking for the light, there are those who are fortunate enough to learn to walk in the light, where the truth is clear and easy to see. In our world of rapidly expanding consciousness, I have been among this fast-growing group—those who have experienced the shining brilliance of Spirit and opened themselves to living in love and helping mankind to transcend the barriers of separation.

There is a deep wisdom within our very being, a knowledge that connects us with each other in ONENESS and to many other realms, such as the Angels. It is not known precisely where Angels dwell: whether in the air, the void, or the planets. It has not been God’s pleasure that we should be informed of their abode. However, we can be assured that Angels have no philosophy but LOVE, and one of the many lessons they teach us in our physical world is that the purpose of life is to love a life of purpose. In fulfilling this goal, we connect with the Angels to reach out and help others in need here on Mother Earth.
That’s exactly what happened on the day I was guided by Spirit to help Washington (“Washi”) Gibaja Tapia, a Peruvian Shaman who is dedicated to improving the lives of the Incan Indian descendents living in the Andes Mountains of Peru. A friend who came to my church asked for my assistance in promoting Washi’s efforts and in one week we set up three days of events and touched the hearts of more than 150 people. All the money we raised helped 70 families in Peru to receive chickens so they could become more independent and self sufficient in the future.

Washi is a true Angel to the Peruvian people. At the age of 18, he was inspired to open a restaurant and feed all the children in his region of the Andes for free seven days a week, in a world where every 6 minutes a child dies from starvation, according to UNICEF. Washi also goes to small Andean villages on Christmas Day with gifts of hot cocoa and sweet bread for the children.

I will be working with Washi again to promote his campaign to supply solar flashlights to the people of the Andes. His goal is that all families have access to safe, efficient lighting in their homes to work longer hours and help children study. (Paradoxically, you can see Washington Gibaja Tapia talking about this project on YouTube, while the people he serves live in homes without even the basic necessity of electricity (

According to Washi, most people in the mountains of Peru use kerosene lamps and/or candles, both of which are dim and unsafe. For example, when Ignacio Sallo, a descendent of the Incas, invited Washi into his home, it had a kerosene burner which lit only part of the kitchen and the mud floor. He brought them three solar lights and, “They had light!” exclaimed Washi in a recent recount of the tale. “Tears ran from their hearts because they had lived for so many years like this, and their children were still living in the dark. But today, thanks to solar energy, they could see the four corners of their home.”

This is a year of fulfillment of “The Inca Prophecies,” which say that when the Condor of the South and the Eagle of the North unite, the whole world is to come together as ONE.

I encourage us all to come together to truly help the people of Peru have the opportunity to “walk in the light.” By lending our support to bring these families solar powered lighting resources, we will help to vastly improve living conditions and learning opportunities for the people of Peru.

Rev. Debbie Dienstbier is the minister of the Heaven & Earth Spiritual Center in Palm Harbor, FL. For more information on Washington Gibaja Tapia or donating to his cause, contact Debbie at 727-433-3896 or email You also can find out how to join “Washi” for a spiritual Vision Quest to find your journey and Life Path. He currently has a tour planned to Peru for 12/12/12—a day of awakening for the world.

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