On 31st May at 10am I took part in a nationwide earthquake practice. This is a bit like a school fire drill but on a grand scale! At the time, I was in the main square in Barranco, the district in Lima where the A Rocha Peru office is based. It was fun to watch everyone exit the office buildings, schools and restaurants to take roll calls. The army took part and official helpers directed the crowds. These practices are staged every few months to help people remember what to do if a real earthquake happens.
Taking part in the practice reminded me that Peru is so different from the UK. Even though I have a lot to learn about the culture and language, I often feel very settled here, life carries on as normal and I have basic weekly routine. I still encounter many surprises and thankfully I am learning new things all the time. I pray that I stay open to learning new things and never become desensitized or shut off to what I experience.
Latin Link Peru had its Stride retreat this month in Chosica. It was great opportunity to catch up with all the striders from around Peru, to relax, reflect and hear from God’s word. Over the weekend we looked at the first few chapters of James. Amazing stuff! Andy and Brenda, who have been in Peru for many years with Latin Link came with us, it was fantastic to learn from them and spend time with them. I enjoyed catching up with all the other striders and hear how they were doing; also spending time by the pool was wonderful.
On the 20th May I took part in ‘Conquista Lima’ and ran in the 10km race. It was a fun day. Not only did I run my first ever 10km race, Paul (short term co-ordinator) and Rachel (my mentor) ran the 42km (marathon). The only downside was that I ran with what I thought was only a slight ache in my right foot. A week later my foot was still swollen and I was hobbling about. At that point it was decided that it was time to get it checked out. I went to A&E with my flatmate Christine. It was my first ever visit to A&E and it was a pleasant experience, considering the circumstances. Several x-rays and a few prods later I was diagnosed with tendinitos and advised to rest, put ice on it and take some tablets. I’m finding it hard not being able to go for a run or even a walk and I’m not a fan of resting or taking pills. Please pray that it heals quickly and that I have patience while it heals.
This coming month, A Rocha International has their leader’s forum. This year it is in Holland, praise God both Angeles and Ramon got visas to go. After the forum they will be visiting other A Rocha projects in Europe. I have been helping out with organizing the trip. I pray that this forum is a time of fellowship and encouragement for all involved.
Work on the education materials continues. As I write I become more and more aware of the huge task that is ahead of me. I really want my work to be relevant, to be of use and to help people understand the need and reason for creation care.
I have really enjoyed going out to meet the spring step team (short term teams with Latin Link, for more information check out www.latinlink.org) and getting to know them. It has been such a joy learning from them and it’s been good fun spending time with them. Please pray that I would be an encouragement to the team as I visit them and for the team as they work alongside the church in Zapallal.
Thank you so much for all your support, I really couldn’t do any of this without you, so a huge thank you to you.
For those that pray
– For the wonderful time that was had at the Stride retreat. For me it really was a blessing to learn, relax and catch up with other striders.
– That Angeles and Ramon have visas to go to Europe
– I have the chance to get to know some wonderful people through work, church and Latin Link
– Our God is a great God! He has you in his hands and will never leave you.
– that my foot heals quickly and I rest it when I need to
– for continued growth and deepening of friendships
– that I trust God would be providing the strength and all that I need to do my work
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.