I hope you had a very Happy Easter! I had an enjoyable Easter weekend which included an English breakfast (of sorts) with friends and going to see some of the festivities that happen in a local district of Lima. I also used the long weekend to catch up on rest and enjoyed some of the hot cross buns and chocolate eggs I brought back from my trip to the UK.
I had a wonderful time in the UK. I spent most of my time in Devon. The highlight was my Dad’s birthday celebrations. It was very special to be able to be there with him on the day and to spend time with him throughout the fortnight. I also enjoyed catching up with family and meeting some new members of the family. I was hugely blessed with a weekend in Edinburgh where I spent time with friends and enjoyed a lot of food that I had missed over the past year.
Work and life in Lima continues at what feels like a non-stop pace. I feel so privileged to be able to spend another year in this beautiful country working alongside some wonderful people. A Rocha Peru has lots of exciting things coming up this year. I’m still in the process of trying to get my head around it all but I am looking forward to seeing how it all develops. Please pray that we at A Rocha Peru would listen to God guiding and leading us over this coming year.
I spent the first Saturday back in Peru helping at a stand in a local organic/farmers market in Lima, that A Rocha Peru were invited to take part in. We were telling people about the importance of the Huarango tree and the reforestation projects we at A Rocha Peru have and are running. It was good to get stuck back in and was I relieved to be told that I hadn’t lost too much of my Spanish. My colleague Ramon and I were invited by a goat farmer to come and visit her local community to explore the possibly of starting a reforestation programme there. The community is based about 2 hours outside of Lima and it was really interesting to visit the community to discuss what partnering in this would involve. This Monday past, I was invited to talk at an event at a local church about the work of A Rocha Peru. It is exciting to see that we are getting increasing support from local churches and communities and that people are interested in hearing about and want to become involved in the work of A Rocha Peru.
I have just finished writing up the first set of lesson plans I used at the children’s club in Ica. The hope is that can be used in the future with new projects and clubs. There still is a lot to edit and do before it is completed, but I am excited about the potential of the resource. I am also in the process of writing a series of lessons looking at climate change that can be used in schools; please pray for creativity and inspiration as I write this material.
I feel so blessed with the flat that God has provided for me in Lima. Christine and I have enjoyed having friends over for meals, film nights, tea and cake and even a pyjama party. We have another pyjama party planned in the coming weeks and hope that it continues to be a place of rest but also a place where others feel welcomed and loved.
Thank you so much for all your support, it really means so much and is a huge encouragement to me, thank you.
For those that pray:
Praise God for:
-a great time at home with a chance to spend time with my Dad, Granny, family and friends (and that all the flights went well)
-that I was able to come back to a place I can call home
-that I have another year in Peru and for all the doors that seem to be opening up
-that I would be able to settle into a church quickly
-that I would make some really good friends in Lima
-that I would have creativity and inspiration as I write lessons and materials for schools
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.