Dear Friends,

My flights are booked! I fly out on the 10th July from Gatwick airport. I am excited yet my mind feels messy as I go through to-do lists, sort out my belongings, organise myself to spend precious times with family and friends and try to process leaving the UK and going to Peru.

I am now based in Exeter until I fly out. Dad drove me and my belongings down from Edinburgh on the 8th June.  Saying goodbye to Edinburgh made me realise how much of a home it had become. I feel like my mind is in a bit of a dichotomy at the moment as I miss my friends in Edinburgh muchly and would love to go back. Yet I have such a strong longing to be in Peru. Thank you to all my friends and my church (Ps & Gs) in Edinburgh for making me feel so loved and supported. I have taken with me many treasured memories. Thank you!

As I look forward, my first few days in Peru will be based in Lima, the capital city. I will have some orientation with Paul Turner the Peru team leader for Latin Link, continue the process of getting a visa and catch up with friends. I fly down to Arequipa on the 14th July before I start language school. Learning/refreshing my Spanish will be my main priority for the first few months.

In Arequipa I will be house sharing with Ruth McKee. I got to know Ruth while we had one term together at Redcliffe Bible College. I am looking forward to seeing her again.  Ruth has been in Peru for 2 years, so it will be great to have someone to show me around.

 

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I am looking forward to having some rest days in Exeter, time to be still and to breathe. I am enjoying being back in Devon, cream teas and a slower pace of life are just what I need at the moment.  I am learning to see God in the everyday and trying to become more aware of His presence in what seems to be the mundane parts of life.

I would like to finish this post echoing some of the words I wrote in 2010 before I went to Peru for the first time. “I am hopeful that good relationships will be formed and that God will provide a Christian community to belong to. I pray I will settle in quickly and I become involved in my local community. The words of Psalm 139:9 are a great comfort to me:  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.”  I am not doing any of this alone.

I am incredibly thankful for all your support, encouragement and prayers.

Love,

Hannah

GIVING THANKS
  • A great time with friends in Scotland before I left.
  • People wanting to support and journey with me as I go to Peru.
  • That I am not going to Peru alone.
PRAY
  • For my remaining time based in England. That I would have fun with family and friends as well as have time to rest.
  • For safe flights on the 10th and 14th July and for a good first few days in Peru.
  • That I would settle into life in Arequipa and learn Spanish quickly.

 

About Hannah

I am the Latin Link Short Term Coordiantor (STC) for Peru. The STC coordinates the Step (teams) and Stride (people) programmes, placing them in projects lasting from a few weeks to two years. Now based in Lima, I will be getting involved in a local church and my local community.

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