It’s safe to say that the last month and a half has felt like a bit of a whirlwind! An exciting time, but one not without its moments of stress and emotion.
Packing up and moving to Lima proved to be more stressful than I had anticipated. The last-minute nature of the moving company didn’t help the situation! So, when all my things arrived in Lima in one piece, it was a moment of great relief.
I have been enjoying getting to know Lima as a resident rather than a visitor. I have stayed where I am now living on previous trips from Arequipa, so there is something familiar about my flat for which I am thankful.
I was grateful for the ‘goodbyes’ I was able to have with friends in Arequipa. Lizbeth – my flat-mate in Arequipa – and I had a special weekend away together in Colca Canyon. It was wonderful to get out of the city, to see the stars at night and the expansive countryside!
Photos: Lizbeth and I, moving and with Sharon my new flatmate. Header photo is of Colca Canyon
In September, two new striders will be starting to serve with Latin Link Peru. One is from Peru and the other is being sent from the Swiss office and has previously lived in Peru. Prior to starting their different placements, I will be doing a week of orientation with them from the 13th September. I am excited to be able to have striders again, to get to know them and see what God will teach them and do through them as they serve him in this country. It is also exciting to be in contact with several people as they consider the possibility of serving with Latin Link in Peru.
Due to many events and activities staying online, I am able to carry on leading Arequipa English. I have decided to continue doing this until the end of year, before we break for the summer holidays. For six weeks in June and July we ran a ‘Who is Jesus?’ course, which was well received. We are now doing Bible studies looking at the names of God. For a variety of reasons, a couple of leaders at Arequipa English have returned or about to return to their passport country and as a result I am currently the only female leader, so please do pray that we are able to find others to join us.
Photos: Exploring more of Lima
Covid cases in Peru, seem to be going down. A few weeks ago Arequipa had its first day, for a very long time, without a Covid death on record. However, we are being warned about third wave which is predicted to come at the end of September/October. In the meantime, we still have to wear two masks when out and about and church services are on the whole still online.
I am so aware of the amazing community that I am part of, including a network of friends in the UK and elsewhere in the world, who provide support in many different ways. I am thankful to each one of you.
I really couldn’t be here, doing what I am doing without your sustaining pray and support. Thank you!
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.