We received this update from Jon S., a team member from Taylor University in Peru this week. See more on Taylor University’s travels on their blog.
During a stay at a Peruvian home this weekend, some members of our group learned a new word, the Quechua (language of an indigenous group of South Americans) word for satisfied. After a week in Peru, there may be no better way to describe how our team feels than that word: chichui-chichui (apologies for any spelling errors).
God has been so good to our team. Despite chaos and worry during preparation, it is hard to imagine our time here going any better.
Today, after going to church with our hosts, we ate lunch at a restaurant owned by two church members. As it has been this entire week, the food was amazing, and we stayed for an hour or more to chat after finishing (a classic example of hora peruana). Afterwards, some left to finish up home stays, while others returned for a relaxing day at Pastor Jorge’s house, our home base for the trip.
One thing that our team has noticed is that Peruvians are incredibly relational people. Those of us who did home stays were amazed by the hospitality we saw, and the friendship shown us by our hosts throughout this week has been incredible. We are starting to build truly deep friendship with the kids at the orphanage, as well as our hosts. These relationships are invaluable for being able to witness to and encourage the kids and our hosts. Pray that those relationships would continue to flourish. Pray that tomorrow, and throughout this week, that all of us, whether we are teaching about sexual purity to the teens, or doing VBS for the kids, or doing health check-ups, or eating with our hosts, we would continue to develop deeper relationships based in Christ, and that these relationships would provide opportunities to glorify God.
We are so satisfied with the goodness of God that we have seen so far, and we can’t wait to experience more of it this week.