I am sorry that I have not updated you on my news sooner. I am not quite sure where the time has gone and I can’t quite believe we are at the end of July already!
The Peru summer Step Team arrive in Arequipa on Saturday (28th July) and I will spend the weekend orientating them to life in Peru. We will talk about their own expectations, health and safety matters, as well as Peru’s vibrant and colourful culture. I look forward to seeing what God has planned for this team during their time in Peru.
These last few months have seen me saying goodbye to several Striders, as they return to their ‘home’ country. It is always a privilege to be part of someone’s Stride experience. In my role, I get to see them as they step off the plane, often filled with a mixture of excitement and nervousness, to them stepping back onto the plane, having learnt, grown and experienced a variety of activities and situations during their time in Peru. I am always struck by God’s faithfulness as I help our Striders reflect at the end their time in Peru, and how He has much bigger and at times very different plans than I will ever dream of for our Striders.
Photos – saying goodbye at the airport to Jess and the Courtman family
In June, the Latin Link Peru leadership team, which I am a part of, had two days of meetings. We meet face to face three times a year and skype once a month. Please do join us in prayer as we seek God’s guidance in all our decisions.
In the last few months I have become involved in a ministry called ‘Arequipa English’. It is an English conversational class and runs twice a week. I am involved on Tuesday evenings and we meet for two hours. During the first hour we have a discussion, learn some grammar and play games, and the remainder of the time is spent studying a Bible passage together. It has been great to see people read and learn about Jesus and to have conversations with people about the Bible, often reading it for the first time.
I continue to be grateful for my weekly girls group, a place where I can have fellowship and be encouraged and challenged in my own faith. We have all become good friends and even when I end up travelling to other areas of Peru for 2-3 weeks at a time I am kept in the loop and always welcomed back with such warmth.
Photos: Arequipa English, girls group and flatmates ready to support Peru!
I can’t finish this post without mentioning the Football World Cup. With Peru qualifying for the first time in 36 years, even I was caught up in the excitement! Not only that, I brought a football shirt! In a country where there is often division it was amazing to see how eleven men kicking a ball around for 90 minutes bought some sort of unity!
Please do continue to pray for Peru and the government, where corruption stories keep coming to the surface. May the Church here shine Jesus’ light and grace in their words and actions.
Thank you for your continued interest, support and prayers.
For fun and special times with friends
For God’s faithfulness
For all the people that support me, in so many different ways
For the step team and striders coming to Peru as they serve in different ministries
For continued wisdom I support them
For the Peru leadership team as we seek God’s guidance in all that we do
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.