I honestly cannot believe how quickly this month has gone. It’s been a bit action packed at times, but I’ve had fun.
I started off this month helping two STEP teams with orientation upon their arrival in Peru to work with local churches. I also debriefed one of the teams at the end of their time here. It was such a privilege to meet them and to be involved in some small way in their time in Peru. Hearing about their experiences I was reminded about how important relationships are and that just spending time with people really matters. If you visit Peru for only a day or live for over 40 years you’ll continually be surprised by new things or challenged by what you see. It really is an amazing place to be!
Towards the end of the month I headed down to Arequipa to meet a team visiting from Ps and Gs, my church in Edinburgh. It meant a lot to me to spend time with them, to hear about what they had been doing at the orphanage where they were working and to catch up on news from Edinburgh. I used the opportunity of being in Arequipa to visit Shalom, a school for disabled children that Latin Link help run. It was amazing to see the work that happens there with the pupils and families. God’s love is truly been shown in all that they do at the school. Whilst I was in Arequipa, I saw my Peruvian family and caught up with friends. This was a great treat for me.
A Rocha Peru have now got a new office space, Praise God! We will be moving on 3rd August. The new office is not too far away from our old one, but it is a much bigger space and allows us to grow. I am busy helping to pack up the office whilst work continues on as normal. Ramon and I have been out to meetings with a community on the outskirts of Lima with a view to starting a new reforestation programme, as part of the Huarango Project. Please pray for the whole process involved in setting up this new project. The Lomas Project, which is looking at restoring and protecting the natural habitat, as well as working alongside the communities that live there, is also starting to come together. It’s exciting to see and be part of A Rocha Peru as it is growing and expanding.
The 28th July is a very special day for Peru- Independence Day! There are hundreds of celebrations, parades, fireworks, parties and flags galore! As schools are now on their winter holiday, my church has been running a holiday Bible club with the help of a team from the USA. I was able to help out this past Monday as I had the day off. It was great fun! I am continuing to get to know and build friendships with people at church. I am really enjoying the services and the community feel of this church. I thank God for the welcome I have received in this community.
Scary as it may seem, I am starting to think about flights home and what happens next! Please pray that cheap flights can be found back to the UK and for guidance and wisdom as I think and pray about what happens come March 2013.
Thank you for reading and all your support!
For those that pray- Thank you for your prayers, they really do make a difference.
-that he has provided A Rocha Peru with a new office space
-that he is guiding my and A Rocha Peru’s future
-that I am continuing to learn lots
-that relationships in Lima are continuing to grow
-that I would continue to trust God in all I do, now and in the future
-for the new and old projects that A Rocha Peru is involved in, pray that we would be guided by God in all we do
– that I would continue to get more involved in my church and relationships continue to grow
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.