Spring has definitely sprung in Arequipa. The days are hotter and drier, some days with 20% humidity (Edinburgh has an average of 80%) making moisturising cream with an high sun protection factor a must!
The Step team had a good three weeks in Arequipa. They helped at a camp for children with disabilities and their families, made home visits after the camp and assisted at a local church in various ministries. Even though the three weeks felt like a short time they managed to pack a lot into the time and during their debrief it was great to hear what they had learnt and experienced and how God had been working in and through them over the few weeks. I learnt from them too!
August also saw a visit to a Stride family in Huaraz which is some 400 kilometres north of Lima (a photo of Huaraz can been seen at the top of the post). In addition, it was a great opportunity to have a face-to-face meeting with Sarah. Sarah and I are responsible for the sending of Peruvians with Latin Link to other countries. Please pray as we seek to encourage and support Peruvians as they consider serving in a different culture.
Photos- The step team helping at camp and celebrating a strider’s birthday
During the month of September, the Colegio International and Shalom, a school and centre for children with disabilities, to which Latin Link Peru are connected, celebrated their 95th and 15th anniversaries respectively. There were many different celebratory events to which Latin Link Peru members were invited and at the ones I attended it was inspiring to hear how God has worked in and through so many people over the years.
The highlight in September for me was having Daddy and Joan out to visit. It was great to be able to show them where I live, for them to meet some of my friends and for us to have a holiday together.
Photos – Anniversary celebrations at the Colegio International and enjoying the fountain park in Lima with Daddy and Joan.
I have taken up Spanish classes again, once a week when I am in Arequipa. It is good to get back to learning grammar and improving my Spanish. I have a brilliant teacher, Elvira, who is patient with me as I learn and correct my errors.
After a long time of searching for a new place to live, Ruth, Lizbeth and I moved to our new home in mid-October. It is a lovely place and ticks pretty much all the boxes of things we wanted in a home. We are enjoying being able to have people to stay and inviting others around for dinner. We want our home to be a place where we and others can relax and have fun (my postal address stays the same).
I will be welcoming a new Strider at the start of November. It is always lovely to meet them in person after having read and heard about them, set up their placements, arranged where they are going to live, where they will study Spanish and prayed for them.
Each time I write these posts and reflect on the past few months I can see God at work; working in me, working in our short-termers and working in others. It is not always an easy journey, but one that I wouldn’t want to change and am learning to trust Him in all that happens.
Thank you so much for all your support,
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.