As you may have read or seen in the news recently, Peru had three presidents within a week!
There were protests nationwide as President Martin Vizcarra was impeached. In Arequipa these protests were all peaceful but loud. For a few days at 8pm people who couldn’t take to the streets banged their pots and pans from their doorsteps in protest. Francisco Sagasti is now president until the elections in April 2021. Things seem to have settled down but please do pray for Peru and the political situation. If you would like to read more here is an article in English – https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-54967831
During these past few months Arequipa has started to open up more and restrictions are lessening; we have been able to go out for long walks, restaurants in Arequipa are delivering or doing take out. Also, some coffee shops have opened and it’s has been nice to meet up with one friend and have face to face time together, even if no hugs were allowed.
In October Liz and I said goodbye to our other housemate, Ruth, as she has returned to the UK for 5 months. We miss her, especially her baking!
Cover photo is from one of the many walks we now enjoy.
Photos: peaceful protests in Arequipa and with Ruth before she returned to the UK
I have also said goodbye to Josh, one of our striders in October. I was fortunate to be able to meet up with him at a distance before he flew. He was able to return to his passport country on a humanitarian flight. Anne-Valerie has extended her time in Peru until January. I am so grateful to God for their positive attitudes and willingness to serve during this time. I am starting to plan and think about future striders, but with there still being such uncertainty and restrictions this is still quite hard to do. This is when trust in a faithful God comes in. I would appreciate prayer for wisdom as decisions in regards to this are made.
I continue to help run Arequipa English, English conversation classes via Zoom. We have become more global and are getting students connecting from Argentina, Bolivia, Guatemala and the United States of America, to name some countries. I have also started to support a group of missionaries from Peru who want to improve their English as they serve locally or seek to go abroad. I enjoy these times, not only helping people with their English but coming alongside them as they go deeper into God’s word whether it be for the first time or the one hundredth time. At the end of each class we always have this question, ‘What is one thing today that you want to remember?’ This is always such an encouraging time for me as many share about their desire to live life for Jesus Christ.
Photos: A cashier at a local supermarket, a birthday zoom party with friends(guess the theme!)
I was due to travel to Salta, Argentina, for the Latin Link Leader’s meetings this month but due to the pandemic we had these meetings online over three days and several time zones. It was a good time of fellowship and I have come away with things to think about and process.
I hope this finds you well.
Thank you so much for reading this and for your continued support.
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.