Church that evening was at Noe’s church. This is the place where my Dad preached the first sermon in when he was here in 2010. I made wonderful connections here! Enma is Noe’s sister and her baby girl Angela. There are many young adults here: Sandra, Ariel, Sarita, Nidia and Silvia; not to mention Noe and Manuela and Doroti. Oh, Manuela made us a delicious soup that we ate before service on their patio. I had two bowls of it!
Thursday we headed out to Ilave, some of us riding in Martin’s lush new pickup and others with Theodoro in his “barely running, no shocks” fuel smelling little pickup… did you guess which rig I was in? I will tell you, though, regardless of how I was transported, God was transporting me in ways I couldn't see then. The scenery was beautiful and the peacefulness of just watching out the window was a treasure.
We had lunch made by
at the YM headquarters. She went all out
and we ate our fill. While Dan met with
many people, the rest of us played with kids, walked around and Mareesa even
taught some of us how to do bird noises… I have already forgotten how.
Our hotel in Ilave was by far the most rustic. No wifi and no heat; with barely warm water. The owner and his wife were kind and gracious, though. I'll never forget him as he and I had fun banter between us, having something to do with me being fuerte (strong). Of course, I loved him!
That night we were treated to Peruvian Chinese by Martin and his family. It was wonderful to hear that their son’s eyesight is going to be okay! My parents prayed with them when they were there and I was grateful to be the bearer of good news when I reported to my parents. This is the evening I had a meltdown.
Friday started our home-stay. Two-by-two we went out with my buddy Lauren & I headed up to Juli while the others went to
I will close by saying that my first several days up high was wonderful. I did fine with the altitude, thanks to the Lord, and I thoroughly enjoyed the scenery, food and hospitality that greeted me everywhere I went. It was from here on the Altiplano that I brought home a new family tradition for my family; although I will be honest in saying it is very hard to remember. You'll have to wait for my home-stay post!