The month of June started with the Silver Jubilee celebrations all around the UK. Here in Peru, the Brits got to celebrate as well. I went with a group from Latin Link to the British Ambassadors House for a ‘street party’. It was good fun, eating fish and chips made my day. It’s always the small things that make me happy!
This month I also went for a long weekend to Huaraz with Christine and Anna (Striders in Lima). Huaraz is a small city in the mountains in northern Peru. It is so beautiful and so peaceful compared to Lima. The view of the surrounding mountains was spectacular and the air fresh. While we were there we were able to visit a number of the projects that Latin Link members are working alongside. It really is incredible what goes on here. There are churches in the mountain communities, a children’s home, a feeding centre for local children, a drop-in centre for young adults, a cafe, a bakery and textiles workshop. It was also lovely to catch up with other striders and long term members of Latin Link.
Sarah-Lan, the A Rocha Peru Director is back from her maternity leave. It is great to have her back in the office. Apart from enjoying her chat, she’s come back at just the right time. We lose our current office space at the end of July so we are looking for a new home. We are also planning various events for the coming months that could really impact our future. The main one being A Rocha Peru’s 3 year strategic planning meeting. Angeles and Ramon are currently in Europe, after being at the A Rocha International forum they are now visiting various A Rocha projects and learning about their work.
The last weekend in June saw the spring STEP teams debrief and final goodbye service at the church where they had been digging foundations. It has been such a privilege and an encouragement to hear about what they have learnt through their time in Lima. During July there are 3 STEP teams coming out to Peru. I am helping with the orientation of two of these teams, please pray for these teams. Pray that God would use them and that they would be a blessing to the people that they work alongside. (You can see what the STEP teams are up to at http://www.latinlink.org.uk/National-Sites/UK/What-can-I-do/Team-Mission-Step/Meet-the-teams)
This month Christine and I are joined by Christi in our flat. Christi is in Lima on a medical elective. For this month Christine and I are sharing a room, please pray that Christine has the patience to put up with my mess for the month!
Thank you for your prayers, I have recently started running again. I am taking it slowly, but it feels great to be at it again.
Thank you so much for all your ongoing support,
For those that pray-
-That I had and have the opportunity to be involved with the Spring STEP Team and the coming summer teams
-That I got to visit Huaraz, to see projects and friends
-That God gives me treats like fish and chips, a jar of marmite and a British magazine just when I need it
– That I would remember to draw my strength from God
-That A Rocha Peru finds an office space in the right location and where God wants us to be
-That I would be able to use my time efficiently and have good boundaries as I balance STEP team and A Rocha work this month
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.