I can’t quite believe we are coming up to a year’s anniversary of the start of the lockdown in Peru and indeed around the world. The restrictions here are starting to ease, even though we lack oxygen and the hospital beds are full. Vaccines have arrived so please do pray that they get to the people that need them first, for example front line health workers, and that they will be fairly distributed so that everyone can have access to them regardless of their economic status and where they live.
In January, Anne-Valerie, the last strider in Peru departed. At that time flights had opened up between Europe and Peru and I was planning to have a few days with her in Lima, meeting for the first time in person. Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be as the restrictions changed at the last minute, meaning that plans and flights altered. I am thankful she was able to leave when she did so she could return to her passport country, though sad that I never got to meet her in person. I am now in the position where I have no short-term volunteers serving in Peru and due to the current situation it is uncertain when Latin Link Peru will be able to receive them again.
Photos: exploring green spaces with Anna and the view from the flat where I stayed in Lima. The header photo is of a beach I got to before they closed the beaches.
In February we had our annual team conference and this year, like all events and meetings, we were online. We looked deeper into the theme of human dignity and resilience. During our team-life meeting I was voted onto the team leadership for Peru and I will serve on this team for 2 years. We are a team of five. Please pray for us as we meet, make decisions and support the Peru team over the coming months and year.
I am still involved with the sending of Peruvians with Latin Link and am in communication with a few people who are interested or are in the process of going to serve in Europe.
We are also looking at promoting and establishing a programme ‘Misiones Sin Pasaporte’ aimed at people serving within Peru, still cross-culturally, for example going from a costal city to the mountains where the culture is distinct.
Photos: Arequipa English Christmas party and part of the new promotional material
‘Arequipa English’ conversation classes are about to re-start after a summer break. We have our opening games night on the 4th and classes properly start on the 11th March. We have had a great surge of interest in these classes with people signing up, and we now have over 200 individuals in our WhatsApp group! This is partly due to the fact that being online means you don’t have to live in Arequipa to be involved.
I am also supporting some Peruvian missionaries who need to have a good level of English to serve with their agencies. We meet once a week on Zoom to practice and improve their English.
As my role and ministry will look a little different this year and with uncertainty about the future, please do pray how I can best use my time and know what to get involved with over the coming months.
Thank you so much for your interest and your prayers.
-for a good team conference online, may we continue to show dignity to all we meet and serve
-for my health and continued improvement in energy levels (I had Covid-19)
-for the many many things, I have to be thankful for each day
-for wisdom in how I use my time over the coming months
-for the start of ‘Arequipa English’, for discernment in how we should run the classes this year
-for the presidential elections on the 11th April
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.