I am writing this from the UK- I can’t quite believe it! I have now left Peru, but maybe only for the time being. I am praying (and know that several others are as well!) that I will return in the future.
On my last night in Peru, I had a lovely meal with friends from A Rocha Peru. I will miss them. My contact with A Rocha Peru will not come to an end as I plan to help out from the UK. One way I will do this is by helping them make links between schools in Devon and in Trujillo. I am excited to see the new Dry Forest Project in La Libertad (north Peru) start and I pray that God will continue to guide all those in leadership as they face challenges and changes over the coming year.
In February I attended the Latin Link Peru Team conference just outside Lima. Once again it was great to come together. As a team we are made up of so many different nationalities but it really does feel as if we are one big family. It was a time of wonderful teaching and fellowship.
After the conference, I went on holiday to Mancora in the north of Peru with 3 other girls. We had such a great time together. During this holiday I took time to reflect on my time in Peru and to think more about coming back to the UK. Peru really is a beautiful and amazing country, full of variety and everything so beautiful in its own way. Watching the sunset each day was like watching our creator God paint a masterpiece in the skies.
My final week in Lima was full of goodbyes and sorting out my papers to leave Peru. On my last Sunday, after the service at church a few of us went out to lunch. Saying goodbye to friends at church was much harder than I thought it was going to be, they really have been such a blessing to me. I also had a wonderful time with some of the Latin Link Lima team as we shared lunch together and then they took me on a surprise visit to some wetlands on the edge of Lima. The amount of birds we saw was incredible and it was also my last dip into the Pacific Ocean. It was a haven in the city – so beautiful. (The header photo is from this trip.)
My last morning was spent getting my leaving papers sorted. There had been some problems at the immigration office a few days ago so I thought that was going to be the most stressful part of the day! Oh how wrong I was! Richard and Rachel arrived to take me to the airport in plenty of time. But we then got trapped in a traffic jam for what felt like years on the main road to the airport! (It probably was only an hour or so, but it felt like forever!) Even after 7 years in Peru and regular visitors to the airport Rachel had never seen anything like it. Richard eventually made it onto the wrong side of the four lane road and drove on to the airport just in time to catch my flight! (I would like to add that many other cars were doing the same thing and the police were directing traffic to do this.) It made a very memorable end to my time on stride!
Peru has so many amazing places to see and discover but thing that has caught my heart the most has been the people. They are so wonderful. I am so grateful for all the people I have got to know and for the love and friendship they have shown me. I will miss them a great deal.
I am now settling back into life in the UK and excited for what happens next!
Thank you for being a part of this journey with me. Thank you so much for reading my blog, sending emails and parcels, for your financial giving and all your prayers. Your support has meant so much to me and it has helped and blessed me so much. Thank you.
For those that pray;
-For the last two incredible years and all that he has taught me
-That I have made some wonderful friends in Peru
-For a fun last month in Peru and that he has been with me every step of the way.
– That I would remember all that I have learnt and experienced in Peru
– That I would continue to settle into life in the UK
– That I would trust God as I look for a job and apply to Bible College
After some language training to improve my Spanish I will be taking up the role of Short Term Coordiantor (STC) for Peru. The STC coordinates the Latin Link Step (teams) and Stride (people) programmes, placing them in projects lasting from a few weeks to two years. Based in Arequipa, I will be getting involved in a local church and my local community.