On the 14th February I celebrated my one-year anniversary in Peru. In some ways it feels like I am still new here and yet so much has happened that I feel like I have been here longer.
Latin Link Peru always has their annual conference in February. It was great to meet up with friends from all over Peru, to catch up on news and spend time with them. It was also a great opportunity to get to know the new striders who have recently arrived in Peru and to spend more time with the striders from Peru about to go to the UK. Over the past year my Spanish has improved so much that I could understand most of the talks and seminars without them being translated. I felt encouraged to see just how far I have come with my understanding of Spanish.
February also brought with it the A Rocha General Meeting, with the board, associates, members and other interested parties. Originally I was just going to lend a helping hand and for people to meet me. Due to circumstances, Ramon (project coordinator) could not attend and I was asked to do the presentation on ‘Proyecto Huarango’ and what had happened in Ica over the last year. I was petrified at the thought of speaking in Spanish in front of so many people. Fortunately I had time to practice the presentation in advance and when the time came for me to speak, God really gave me such peace and calm about it. Looking back I still can’t quite believe I did it. Also that morning Sarah-Lan the director of A Rocha Peru gave birth to a beautiful little daughter. It certainly was an eventful day!
I was really blessed by a return visit to Ica this month. The heat in Ica is incredible to the 25 degrees of Lima! It was wonderful to catch up with friends and family, to spend time with them and hear how they are. I also had a huge surprise that Pablo Carhuachin was in Ica at the same time. Pablo, is the father of the family I stayed with in Arequipa. It was wonderful to catch up on family news and see him again. While in Ica, there were meetings with volunteers, planning meetings for the coming months and going out to see the local communities and areas that we were and are working in. In Fonavi San Martin we are in the process of starting to hand over the children’s club to the local community. This month there have also been various meetings in Lima about the possibility of other projects and developing the schools material project. Please pray that A Rocha knows how and where to move forward in the coming months.
As I write I have in the back of my mind a list of things I need to do before I leave for the UK. I can barely believe that tonight I’ll be on a plane! I will be back for a two week visit. Ideally I would love to see you all, however this fortnight is a time for rest and refreshment so I may be unable to do so. I am looking forward to spending time with my Dad and celebrating his birthday together. Please pray that we have a good time together celebrating and catching up on the past
Thank you so much for reading this and all your support
For those that pray-
– I was able to visit Ica and that I was really blessed with meeting up with friends and family
– God uses me in my weaknesses
– God really does provide all I need, I feel so blessed with our new home and with friends in Peru
– I have the chance to come back to the UK
– God’s strength to shine through and that He would continue to use me in my weaknesses
– a safe journey to and from the UK
– a relaxing, fun and refreshing time in the UK
– a quick adjustment to being back in Peru after being in the UK and I would settle back into work with A Rocha.
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.