Start of Children’s Ministry

The group
The group this morning

This morning we started our kids club!  The last one we had was before we went on furlough in December of 2010, so after a year and almost eight months we were excited to start this ministry.  We had been praying about exactly when to start and the Lord gave us peace about starting it in the month of September.  We praise the Lord we had 24 children today!  19 of those children were one’s who we were working with before we went on furlough and 3 were from the neighborhood around the church plant!  It was so good to see many of the same faces and some new faces as well.  We are thankful for the 3 boys who came from the church plant area.  We are wanting to make contact with families in the area and this is a good start working with their children.  We are thankful for Chachi (a young lady who attends church) helping us with this ministry.  It is always great to have help!  Please keep this ministry in your prayers.  We want to see God glorified and His kingdom advanced through the salvation of these children and their families.

playing musical chairs
playing musical chairs

Trip to Lima

This week we traveled to the capital city of Peru – Lima.  Traveling to Lima is an expensive trip for us and Lima is a big, big city so we try to only go when we have to.  A plus of being in the big city is the taste of the U.S. that we get at all the American restaurants there, as well, we like to walk around the malls.  Those are about the only “pluses” for us.  The downside is lots of traffic, long and expensive taxi rides, and no sunshine (at least this time of year). This was a must trip for us because we had to finish up paperwork for our resident visas. We praise the Lord we were able to get our residency cards with no problems!  We had to wait in 1 line for over 2 hours.  After that we waited in another line to get our pictures taken for at least 30 minutes and then we waited in line another 2 hours to get the cards.  All the waiting did not make for a fun day but the result was worth the wait.  Having our resident visas again will enable us to do things in the country that you can’t do with just a U.S. passport like: open a bank account, have a monthly cellphone plan, get a Peruvian driver’s license, etc.  We thank the Lord for keeping us safe in Lima and getting us back to Cusco safely!

Saying Goodbye

On Tuesday we said goodbye to Rebecca’s mom, brother, and sister.  We had a great time with them and were able to do some things with them this time that we have never done since living in Peru.  One of the highlights of their visit was our trip to Puno.  We visited the highest navigable lake in the world – Lake Titicaca.  It is roughly 3,582 sq. miles which makes it the largest lake in South America.  I would definitely recommend this trip if anyone is in the area. Also, I would recommend going through SAS Travel.  They did a great job of coordinating this trip for us. Here are some pictures of our visit:

ready for a day on the lake
ready for a day on the lake
on the floating islands
on the floating islands
scenic view
scenic view from Tequila Island
family picture
family picture