After much prayer and some exciting meetings with A Rocha and Latin Link, I have decided to stay on in Peru until Christmas 2012! I am thrilled about this and amazed to see how God has been working in me to lead me to this point. This time six months ago I would never have thought I’d be saying ‘I want to stay in Peru for another year’.
So what will the next year hold? Well, in January the project in Ica I am currently working will come to an end. I will then move to Lima to take up the post of Education Officer for A Rocha Peru. I will be based at the A Rocha’s Peruvian Head office. I will also be involved in a new project to restore and conserve the unique ecosystem of an area called ‘ Las Lomas’ in Lima. I will continue to come back to Ica on occasions as we hand over the project to the local communities.
Before I came to Peru I wrote in my first blog post that ‘I know I cannot do this in my own strength, but in God’s strength anything is possible’. For me, this has been the theme of my time here. As I reflect on all that has happened over the last months I feel that God is guiding me and calling me to trust Him with all aspects of my life. I have been comforted by the words of Psalm 139: 9 “If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast”.
Thank you so much for all your prayer, financial and letter writing support up till now, without your contribution none of this would have been possible. I trust and pray that you have been blessed by God as you have partnered with me in this work.
I am off on holiday at the weekend and will write an update on what else I have been up to in Ica when I return.
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.