This past month has been fairly busy at A Rocha Peru. Sarah French, from A Rocha International, came for a 10 day visit. It was a busy few days with A Rocha Peru’s 3 year planning meetings being held as well as visits and events. We now have a plan for the next 3 years-it looks exciting! Thank you for your prayers for this week, the various events and outings surpassed many people’s expectations. Please continue to pray as we work through some of the immediate implications of these planning meetings and that God would continue to guide us as a Christian NGO.
I met with Sarah-Lan to talk about my final few months with A Rocha Peru, what I need to get done and about moving and looking forward. I have planned out roughly what I need to do, though honestly it feels slightly strange to be planning for me to leave. I am getting some help in the coming months with the environmental education work in Lima. Cielo, Camille and I are going to be working together over the next few months to help push things forward. Please pray for all that needs to get done, for all the activities that I will be involved in and all the writing that needs to take place.
I had a wonderful time when Lorna came to visit for 3 weeks. It was great to spend time with her and catch up in person. I loved exploring more of Peru with her and going to the jungle was incredible. God’s creation really is awesome! I loved seeing monkeys, crocodiles, butterflies, birds, flowers and much more in their natural habitat. It was an active but refreshing time away.
While we were in Cusco, we had the opportunity to visit C.O.R.A.S.O.N. (www.corason.org). This is a project that Latin Link members are involved with and is a project with social, cultural, ecological and spiritual objectives. The organization owns a mountain! The team have some great ideas for this mountain. Ramon (A Rocha Peru, Project Coordinator) was able to come and provide advice in how to progress and what can be done. For me it was really interesting to visit and see the mountain after hearing about it-what a beautiful place! Please pray with me, that it will be a place where people can come and explore God’s creation.
This past weekend I went down to Ica for a special event. Cindy, who I lived with, got married to Jose Luis. It was a real privilege to be able to attend and be a part of this special day. I also got my first taste of Peruvian weddings! It was good fun and I learnt some wedding traditions. One of the traditions was that at the reception all the single females grab a ribbon coming out of a bowl of rice that the bride is holding. You all pull your ribbon out at the same time. One of the ribbons has a ring at the end of it. If you get that ribbon, it is said that you are going to get married next. Thankfully I pulled just a ribbon out!
Thank you for your continued interest into what I am up to in Peru and for all your support. You really do make a difference.
For those that pray:
– for a great time with Lorna
-the opportunity to explore more of this amazing country and see more of God’s amazing creation
-that the A Rocha Peru events in September went well
– that he is in control and that he knows me better than I know myself
– that the materials that are being created will be of use and that children will learn more about and learn how to care for God’s amazing creation.
– that I would continue to rely on God for my strength and I would go to him for peace
– that friendships would continue to grow and deepen
– as I look to the future, that I would be trusting in Jesus to guide me
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.