The countdown to Christmas is definitely on in Peru. My language school has started putting up decorations and it is a reminder that the end of my full-time Spanish study is fast approaching. I finish classes in the 23rd December!
I have grammar classes with Marianne, from Norway, and it has been great to get to know her over the last few months. Marianne, like me, will be living in Arequipa after she finishes language school. So often other students leave for different parts of Peru after language study, I feel that God has had his hand in putting us in the same class.
Abi, our grammar teacher is wonderful; patient, kind and good fun. We have similar birthdays, so we celebrated together in class last week.
Photos: Marianne and I enjoying Wawa bread, typically eaten in November. Abi and I blowing out our candle.
In the past few months Ruth M, my housemate, and I have enjoyed having several visitors to stay. Jurg and Miriam, who are working in Trujillo in the north of Peru with Latin Link, spent a week with us as Miriam led a course in Arequipa. It was great to get to know them better and I enjoyed having to speak Spanish with them, as this was our common language. The house where we live has been such a blessing but unfortunately we need to leave it by the end of January. We are currently looking for somewhere else to live.
In mid-September, I went up to Lima to shadow Ruth T (current Short Term Coordinator) as she ran an orientation and welcomed The Courtman Family to Peru. It was lovely to start to get to know them , especially as they are now living in Arequipa. I enjoyed helping with the orientation and it gave me encouragement as I look towards starting my role as Short Term Coordinator (STC) in January.
Photos: Jurg, Miriam, Ruth M and I at a viewpoint in Arequipa. Ruth T and I welcoming The Courtman Family at Lima airport.
On the 9th January Ruth T and I start a week of orientation and hand over of the role of STC. Ruth T will be coming down to Arequipa from Lima for this. Please do pray for this week and that we are able to cover all that needs to be covered. Over the past few weeks it has been confirmed to both of us that the timing of me coming back to Peru to start this role has been in God’s hands. His timing is perfect.
Towards the end of January and the start of February I will receive my first Striders from the UK and The Netherlands. The Stride programme provides opportunities for individuals, couples and families to use and develop their gifts and skills in a cross-cultural mission context for 6-24 months. I will also become responsible for the current Striders in Peru. I am excited to start this role, but a little nervous as it comes with great responsibility.
This past month I have settled on a local church to become part of. I look forward to getting to know people better and becoming more involved with their different activities over time.
I am also looking forward to spending my first Christmas in Arequipa. Ruth M and I will be hosting several missionaries for Christmas Day. I then plan to go to the beach for a few days, one of the benefits of it being summer here!
May I take this opportunity to wish you joy this Christmas as we celebrate God himself coming down to earth as a baby. I pray that wherever you are you would know true joy as you celebrate God’s grace this Christmas.
Thank you so much for all your support, shown in so many different ways, I greatly appreciate it.
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.