I am sorry for the silence, I am not quite sure where the time has gone. I am now back in Peru after 6 months based back in the UK.
I was privileged to be able to stay with a lovely family from Ps and Gs church during my time in Edinburgh. I am so grateful for their generosity and a place to call ‘home’ for 4 months. I enjoyed being able to become involved in the life of my sending church, Ps and Gs in Edinburgh and it was wonderful to reconnect with so many of you, to have time face to face was really such a joy.
Photos: With my sister, with two of my nieces and arriving in Lima
I arrived back in Peru on the 12th January and had a lovely surprise as friends came to greet me at the airport in Lima and Arequipa. Such a wonderful welcome back! I am slowly re-adjusting to life in Peru, though it is taking longer than I thought it would.
On the 10th Feburary I welcomed two new striders to Peru. I spent a week with them in Lima, introducing them to life in Peru and Latin Link Peru. I enjoy this time as I get to know them and learn about their expectations for their time in Peru, their hopes and fears. This then helps me to support them better. Both are great and I am excited to see what God does through and in them.
On the 16th February we, Latin Link Peru, had our national team conference. During this week I officially came off the leadership team and I was given the responsibility for leading the sending of Peruvians. In the past I have had a supportive role in this area, but I still feel I have a lot to learn and get my head round. We currently have 5 people in different stages of the process. Which is exciting if not a little daunting for me.
Photo: Latin Link Peru team photo
I am now half way through a month of intensive language classes. I have 2 hours a day plus homework. Karen, my teacher, is strict but great and I am appreciating the time I can put into these classes. Alongside these classes, I have to balance my other responsibilities as short term coordinator, the sending of Peruvians and helping at Arequipa English.
Arequipa English is about to re-start after the summer break. We have a ‘Day of English’ on the 14th March and then on Monday 16th March we start our evening classes again. This year on Monday nights we will be going through studies based on a book called ‘Just for Starters’.
I am now midst preparing for a step team from a church in England that will hopefully come to Peru in July and for a strider who arrives in April. Please do pray for all these preparations. I travel to Lima at the end of the month to visit the project and church that the team will be coming to work alongside. I will also be meeting with other churches and projects to explore opportunities for future striders and step teams. Would you or your church be interested in coming out? Do get in touch!
Thank you so much for your continued interest and support for me as I live and work in Peru.
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.