I have recently returned from the Latin Link office in Reading where I had my orientation for returning to Peru. It was a good time and I was given lots of information. It was exciting though, if not a little overwhelming.
The day I left to return to Edinburgh I had the morning in London. It provided me with some time to start processing and reflecting on my orientation. As thoughts were running through my mind I came across the statue of Paddington Bear at the station and it reminded me of how he came to London from deepest darkest Peru. He had a few (many!) mishaps, yet was still loved. I have no doubt that I will have mishaps, be it in language, culture or otherwise, in Peru but I know that ultimately I am loved. It was an encouragement I needed to hear.
I am planning to return to Peru in June. Heading out then would give me enough time for language study and to start to settle into the role of Short Term Coordinator (STC) before the current STC, Ruth Turner, comes back to the UK on home leave. The STC identifies suitable projects across Peru, finds host families and helps to ensure that short-term workers gave a positive and fulfilling mission experience. You can find out more about Latin Link’s short term programmes here.
I will be based in Arequipa, Peru’s second largest city. I have been here before and am excited to be returning. I look forward to becoming involved with a local church and community there.
It will also provide the opportunity to catch up with old friends and improve my Spanish before starting my role as STC.
To be able to go in June I need to be fully supported financially. I am encouraged to know that I am not alone as I prepare to go to Peru. It’s been wonderful to have people wanting to journey with me and I’m incredibly grateful for the support I have had so far. However I am still in need of financial support to fully cover all my expenses, such flights, language school and insurance. If you would like further details on my costs, please do ask. If you would like to support me financially you can either donate online or ask me for paper forms and I can either email, post or give them to you.
To make a donation online, click on the link above then chose to either make a gift now, or make a regular gift. When you get the section of ‘How your gift can help’ choose support a person or associated project. Choose person and I’m on the list under ‘Hannah Wilkinson’. Then follow the instructions to complete.
My wonderful friend, James, has helped me put together this blog to help you stay updated with my news, prayer requests, goings on and thoughts. It is where I plan to post regular photos so you can see what life is like in Peru. It is also the place to remind you of where I am, what I am doing and why. I will continue to send you an email when I post a more formal newsletter.
I am enjoying being in Edinburgh and I will be sad to leave the city that I call home. Truth to tell, it was only at Christmas that it hit me that I was leaving not just going. I am in the midst of processing that reality and how to leave well, and I would appreciate your prayers at this time.
Thank you for all your support. To quote one friend, ‘I am just one part of the body of Christ that is working in Peru but there are other parts of the body in the UK who are praying, who are giving, who are supporting emotionally and keeping in touch.’
Thank you for your partnership.
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.