We received this update from Becky J., a team member from Taylor University in Peru this week. See more on Taylor University’s travels on their blog.
Our day today began with visiting our familia de Casa Luz (family of Casa Luz) and performing a skit about the story of Joseph. After interacting for a few more hours, we ate lunch with the children–a treat to all of us from the Pastor and yet another example of the hospitality our hosts radiate!
Completing this week at Hogar Casa Luz has initiated the first part of our goodbye process. Today was the first day we told our amigos (friends) that we will be leaving soon, thus giving them a three-day warning before we permanently say goodbye. The reality of leaving a place and people we have come to love is hitting some harder than others on our team. Yet, we are continually reminded to trust the results of our mission to the Lord and surrender the children’s lives to Him as well.
Later in the day we ventured to a small café in a local plaza for time to journal, plan, and relax. There we celebrated a very special occasion–the birthday of Birhane Teklewold! We purchased cake and began singing to her but got confused when she started to sing as well – until she told us it wasn’t her birthday! We had mistaken her birthday as January 15 when it is really June 15! Good thing she’s still worth celebrating anyway. We are so thankful that we not only serve as a team, but also laugh and enjoy each other as well!
Tomorrow we’ll be touring some of the famous catedrals (cathedrals) in Ayacucho and visiting the local Mercado (market). Afterward we will head to Quinoa, a historic mountain town, for the rest of the weekend to join the church youth group for a retreat. There we will be sharing testimonies, worshiping, playing games, teaching on self-esteem and purity, and touring the famous battle sites.
Prayers are coveted as we strive to finish strong the next few days. Please pray for
- Health: Please pray against stomach sickness, colds, and minor health problems
- Teen Retreat: We hope to form solid relationships with the teens as we minister to them with these relevant, but tough topics.
- Hogar Casa Luz: Please pray for hiring more tutors and God’s continued provisions for the farms and feeding centers
- Baby Jesus: the youngest child at the orphanage, who will likely be diagnosed with spina bifida is seeing a specialist this weekend.