‘The light shines in the darkness but the darkness has not overcome it.’ John 1:5
These past few months have felt quite dark at times here in Peru. The number of coronavirus cases is increasing again, there is a lack of ICU beds, oxygen supplies are not freely available (you have to buy your own) and corruption within the roll out of the vaccination programme exists. If that were not enough, there is political instability. Should you wish to, you can read more about the political situation here: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-56720780
Photos: By Sharon Jones as part of her pray for Peru month
During Advent, a friend and I read through the book ‘Redeeming Advent’ by Lucy Rycroft. It has a reflection for each day. One in particular has stayed with me; we were sitting in a park surrounded by Christmas lights when we read it together and I would like to share part of it with you, ‘I wonder how clearly Jesus’ light appears to be shining in your world right now. Perhaps you can see his light clearly in the joy of things going to plan this year. Perhaps even though you’re going through a difficult period, you can still glimpse his light shining hope and peace in an otherwise tumultuous season of life. Perhaps your life, or the life of someone you love, or the community around you, feels very dark right now’ (Day 20).
Wherever we find ourselves, we need to remember that light always wins; darkness cannot overcome light. Even the smallest candle will glow in the darkness. It might not seem too bright, but we can still cling to that hope, that true belief, that Jesus is the light of the world. That one day this light will shine brighter than any darkness.
There are some days in Peru when it feels like a street ablaze with lights and others when the light seems like a very small flickering flame. I, we, need to hold onto the truth that Emmanuel, ‘God with us’, still has as much meaning and truth for us today as it did at Christmas.
There is hope and I have been able to see glimpses of it over the last few months; as friends and students grapple with and get deeper into God’s word, as food parcels are prepared and given out, as Peruvians want to explore their calling into mission, as I have been able to meet up with a few friends (at a distance and wearing two masks), and as applications for grants for A Rocha Peru have been successful.
Photos: meeting up with a friend, preparing for food distribution and the leaders of Arequipa English
At all times of year and wherever we are, it is good to keep in mind the great hope that we have in Jesus Christ. His light still shines!
Thank you for your continued interest and prayers.
PS if you would like to see more photos, click here and scroll down.
– for a lovely Easter celebration at home in Arequipa and the hope we have in Jesus Christ
– for the students coming along to Arequipa English each week
– for the many organisations that are giving out food parcels to those in need
– the second round of presidential elections (6th June) and the new president as s/he comes to power
on 28th July
– the many in Peru who are suffering as a consequence of the pandemic
– my plans for this year with its continued uncertainty
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.