Today we were privileged to help feed over 500 children! A month or two ago we were able to buy food supplies to help feed these children with money donated to flood relief here in Cusco. It took awhile for the school to get everything coordinated but for the past 2 weeks missionaries in Pisac have been feeding these 500 children (from Taray and Pisac) 2 days a week. The town of Taray was completely destroyed by the flooding so a lot of the people are living in a tent village behind the school. It was a blessing to go and help and see how appreciative the children are, for relatively nothing (in our eyes). It was great way to show the love of Christ to these children and to their families.
Today (Tax Day) marks our 5 year anniversary in Peru. Five years ago today we stepped off a plane onto the tarmac of the Lima airport wondering what in the world we had got ourselves into. After getting our bags and clearing customs we spent the night in what was then a very gloomy and dirty Lima airport (it’s amazing how much it has changed in 5 years). We then hopped on a plane to the great city of Arequipa where our fellow missionaries Todd and Rosalinda were waiting to take us and our 9 bags back to their apartment. Now 2 daughters, 2 cities, and 4 moves later we are anticipating our first furlough (whenever the girls paperwork gets finished). In some respects 5 years seems like a long time ago but in other respects it seems like it has flown by. We praise the Lord for the 5 years He has given us here and pray the He gives us many, many more!
June will be 2 years since the last time we looked for a house and now it seems we are in need of another one. The house we are in now is the one we have been in the longest in our almost 5 years in Peru (that should tell you how much we’ve had to move). Our landlord came by on Wednesday and told us that he wanted to tear down our house and build apartments on the lot. Now this wouldn’t be a problem but most of you know that we are trying to get to the U.S. a.s.a.p. We told our landlord and he told us that it would probably be best to move before we go home on furlough. So now we are looking for houses again. There is not much available right now and the monthly rent has gone up in our area. Please pray that we will fine something that we can settle into and stay for a long, long, long time!
This afternoon we had a good time with our kids club and youth. Missionary friends let us borrow Resurrection eggs to teach with. They were a great hit with the kids and even with the youth. We were really down in number, especially in our kids club, but the Lord blessed! One little boy told me he got up at 2 a.m. to walk to the top of a mountain with his dad and sister. He told me that he had to so that God would forgive his sins (basically, paying penance). I got angry and sad at the same time after he told me that. Nothing we do can get ourselves to heaven. Jesus is the only way to Heaven and the wonderful part of it all is that He did it all for us! He died, was buried, and rose again so that we might have eternal life! We hope you all have a wonderful Easter celebrating the resurrection of our Lord!