Don’t You Quit When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit-
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a fellow turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out.
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow –
You may succeed with another blow.
Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint and faltering man;
Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victor’s cup;
And he learned too late when the night came down,
How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out –
The silver tint in the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It might be near when it seems afar;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit –
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.
Today people all over the Cusco region are celebrating “Yusna”. The tree you see pictured above was not there until yesterday. It was cut down and planted (again) just so it can be cut down (again). Yusna is a tradition where couples will play traditional Peruvian music (waino) and they will dance around the tree. Each couple gets to hack away at the tree with an axe. While the couples hack away at the tree the kids fight for the “gifts” that fall out of it. (The tree above has different size bowls in it). The couple that finally topples the tree gets the honor of getting the tree next year!
We had a good weekend of ministry. The Lord blessed us with 28 in kid’s club (1 visitor) and 4 in youth group (1 visitor)! We are having a competition in kids club which wraps up next weekend. The kids are earning points for various things like Bible memory, saying books of the Bible, bringing their Bibles, and bringing visitors. We had good services this morning. Our attendance is still very low on Sundays so please be in prayer for that.
On Tuesday morning I was able to go with a fellow Baptist missionary to the small town of Yucay (it’s right outside of Urubamba in the Sacred Valley). His mission and church have been helping about 320 people living in tents in this little town. Driving through the town everything on the left side looks normal; you wouldn’t even know there was a problem, but look at the right side of the town and you’ll see piles of rubble where houses use to be. It is really astonishing to see the affects of the flooding throughout the Sacred Valley and the rest of the Cusco region. Please continue to pray for everyone affected.