Since I am not sure where everyone is at and what you may have already read or heard, I will start from the begining. Our flights were great and we were actually on time without having to do any running. The kids were very well behaved which made the flights (3 of them) much more comfortable. We also had at least a third of the plane empty on the flight from Miami to Lima so we had some room to stretch out a bit. While we were disembarking the plane we realized they has broken our double stroller, the wheel was broken right off! We were a bit disapointed about this as we were depending on it a great deal but there are a few praises to report. For one, we were granted a six month visa. Pastor Brian says we are the first people he has known in ten years here to be granted this length of time (it is usually three months ). This is a blessing because it will save us hundreds of dollars in visa renewal fees. Secondly we got the "red" light while passing through customs. The way this system works is that you walk up to this button and push it, if it turns green you can go without them checking your bags. In the event that it turns red they search your bags and can tax you on different items that you have brought in. Since we brought in many items for family here we were somewhat worried about this. Praise be to God, they just sent our bags (not even all of them) through the x-ray machine and let us go, not one was opened!!
Our room in the church
Family gathering... we seem to have a lot of these!
Yet another family get-together.
Pilar heating up the chocolate for the Chocotajes.
Chipe, Angie and Pilar filling the molds with chocolate.
The art of Chocotejas.
Last but not least... Josiah is crawling. Here he is escaping from the bedroom!
There is so much to tell but time never permits me to do so. I want to post this as I know you all are anxious to hear what is happening. I'll also list here a couple of prayer requests:
- For the complete healing of Josiah. The infection (if this is even what it is) almost cleared and then returned again, now for the fourth time. I'm noticing more spots on his face so I think we will need to take him to the doctor. We have yet to even think about insurance, but doctors are not as expensive here. Please pray the Lord would give the docotor wisdom.
- Continue to pray for God's guidance here. There are so many opportunities to serve and we want to make sure that we apply ourselves in the areas where He would have us.
- Continue to pray for His peace as we settle into this new culture. Praise the Lord we are all doing great but we know that it is on account of YOUR prayers!
- Protection from sickness and traffic. Yes traffic. I've almost been hit already and the day we arrived we met another Peruvian missionary who had been hit by a motorcycle the day before. There is no "yield to the pedestrain" here. If you are in their way... your fair game... at least that is what I've witnessed so far. I think it is even worse while riding in the car, but we are getting used to it. Also, Eddy has been driving here as he is one of only four people who can drive in the church. Everyone here takes public transportation and that will include me soon as well. This is a great place for those interested in snatching your belongings, to do so. This is an area that you can pray for protection in.
- Our witness to Eddy's family. We see them quite often and they have many questions and also many forms of advice... some of what are conflicting with the way we have choosen to lives. May the Lord guide our conversations!
Thank you all so much for praying for us and staying in touch. We miss you all but at the same time we are enjoying the life the lord has for us here.
GLORIA A DIOS - GLORY BE TO GOD