Winter is definitely on its way in Lima. It’s now much cooler and I find myself choosing to wear jeans and putting on a jumper in the evenings. I have been warned that by the end of next month my hot water bottle will be in full use. After a year of pretty much constant sunshine and warmth I’m not really looking forward to experiencing a cold and dreary winter in Lima.
Over this past month I have started to settle into a local church. Since my first visit, I have been welcomed and made to feel at home. One Sunday I attended the girls group that met late in the afternoon, I was delighted to discover that they most were of similar age to me. I am looking toward to getting more involved in church life and deepening the friendships that I have started to form.
I returned to sunny Ica for a few days, as always it was lovely to catch up with friends and it was good to hear how the project in Ica is progressing. During my stay we were visited by a lady from the UK called Mavis who wanted to find out more about the Huarango Project. Hugo, one of the local volunteers, and I were able to show her the plant nursery within the local university and one of the local reforestation sites. It was great to met Mavis and it also gave me a chance to reflect on what A Rocha Peru has done and achieved over the last few years of the Huarango Project in Ica.
On a day-to-day basis I continue to be office based. This is something I feel I am still getting used to. My main project at the moment continues to be writing various environmental education materials for children as well as the other odd job. Please pray that I continue to be creative and that I can write materials in a way that is clear and helpful for others to use and follow. Maria Esther, our administrator also works in the office. We are having fun getting to know each other and once a week we study the bible and pray together. Please pray that these times will be a real blessing to the both of us.
This coming month I am going to start helping Paul and Ruth Turner, who are the wonderful Latin Link Short Term Coordinators here in Peru. This will involve visiting and supporting a Step Team (short term team) every fortnight whilst they are based in Lima. I am looking forward to meeting them and getting to know them. I pray that I would be able to get alongside them and be a support to them.
I have now finished my formal language lessons, but I am hoping to continue practising with a lovely girl called Carolina. The aim is that we will speak in English for half the time, so she can practice her English. The other half will be in Spanish, so I can practice! I am also planning on doing some self study one evening a week, please pray I have the discipline to do this vital language study.
I have recently taken up running again and I am really enjoying it. Often my running routes take me around Inca ruins or along the sea front. I sometimes have to pinch myself to remind me that this is real and I really do live here. I am so thankful and feel so blessed that I live where I do and do what I do. I really do feel that God has his hand in all of this that nothing has happened out of chance. That everything is happening for his purpose. At times I may not understand, but I know I can trust that Jesus is holding me fast and working it all out for my good and his purpose.
Several people have asked for my postal address-please note since moving to Lima it has changed. It takes about 2 weeks for a letter/parcel to arrive.
I do love hearing from you!
Thank you so much for all your ongoing support,
For those that pray-
– that I have found a church that I can become part of and for the welcome I have received since going
– that I can meet up with Carolina I can continue to practice my Spanish
-for all that I am learning and experiencing-it all has a purpose-yay!
– For all the friendships that are growing and deepening
– I would quickly settle into church life and know where best to serve
– I would be a help and support to the Step team when they are in Lima
– I continue to develop friendships
– I would have the discipline to do language study each week and that my language would continue to improve
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.