As I write this I am wearing two jumpers and using a hot bottle to stay warm! I was warned winter in Lima would be cold, but I still wasn’t prepared for feeling this cold!
At A Rocha Peru we are settling into our new office space. It is quite large compared to the old space and I love the natural light that we get. We are in the midst of preparing for a visit from Sarah French, who works for A Rocha International. She is coming to Peru in September to help us develop the A Rocha Peru 3 year strategic plan (2012-2015!). We will also be hosting an event with a local bible college on the 12th September looking at environmental conservation from a Christian perspective and what we can do to help to look after God’s creation. We hope that everyone involved will be challenged and inspired.
In Ica we are running trials of the environmental education material I have written. We’ve asked people to deliver the lessons and then provide feedback as to how it went and what they were like to use. We hope to begin in Lima in the coming months. The next stage will be to design the layout of the materials, turning it from plain text to a booklet with pictures and contents page.
Our Administrator, Maria Esther and I are enjoying getting back into a routine of looking at God’s word first thing in the morning. Please pray for these times, especially as at the moment she is bringing up many interesting and challenging questions.
Once a month the Latin Link team in Lima have a prayer meeting, normally on the 2nd Monday of the month. It’s great to catch up with team members that you don’t see day to day. We have time together studying the Bible, praying for each other and for the team before we share lunch together. I really enjoy these times and the sense of community there is in the Latin Link team.
I am still enjoying learning more about the culture here in Peru, there is so much to learn and discover. This past month I was invited with Christine (my flatmate) by some of her work friends to a traditional dance show. It was fascinating to see dances from around Peru, they are all very different. Christine has made a short video of some clips she made it can be viewed by clicking here- http://vimeo.com/47551376
This month our flat has sometimes felt like a hostel! We have had many guests come and stay a night or two some to visit Lima and others as they pass through. I have been reminded how blessed we are with our flat that we can welcome others into. If you happen to be passing through Lima, do get in contact, I would love to see you!
In September I am going to be taking some annual leave. I am going to realise a childhood dream and go to the jungle! To say I’m excited about going is a little understated! Lorna, a friend from Edinburgh is coming out to visit Peru and I will be going with her.
Thank you for reading this post and for all your support,
For those that pray-
-That A Rocha Peru are settling into the new office and for all the exciting plans for the future
-For a great flat that I can call home, that we can welcome others into and for an amazing flatmate, Christine
-For all my fantastic supporters around the world-I really couldn’t do it without you!
– That I am continuing to learn and experience many new and interesting things
-for the 3 year strategic plan meetings that will be taking place on the 14th and 15th September.
-Pray for all the work I need to do on the environmental education materials, please pray that I would have the inspiration I need and that I would be able to plan and do what needs to be done
-for a fun and safe time with Lorna
– that I would continue to put my confidence in Christ Jesus, that I would trust him in everything.
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.