LYNN'S PERU BLOG

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lynn's peru blog

October 7, 2017

I'm sitting here in an open air school gym.  It's a wonderful 70 degree plus in the shade.  The elementary teachers of Viraco are in a seminar.  I was going to watch some of the older kids, but when they threw in an 18 month old, that's where I draw the line for dragging kids around town.  I did offer to buy tangerines (mandarinas) but when I got back, the kids had disappeared.  I may head back to the street.


Aplao is three hours down the mountain.  It's probably only 165.0 km away, but the roads are narrow and full of switchbacks, so it takes a long time to arrive there.  The draw is that it's an agricultural center and has much more selections in furniture, clothing and restaurants.  Interestingly enough, there is no movie theater, gym for exercise or bowling alley.  So some entrepreneur needs to come this direction and cash in!  Aplao is situated on the Majes River and besides the obvious fishing and crayfish trade, there is a river rafting resort a short drive outside of town.  For cyclists, Aplao is one of the gateways up into the Andes for those dedicated persons who want to cycle the Andes trails.  I learned all this last week!


The main crops are rice, onions, cane for weaving large mats which are sold for fencing and in some cases to make walls in quick houses.  The fruit that grows here includes grapes, bananas, mangoes, tumbo, tangerines and some of the largest avocados I have ever seen since I left California.  So, while food may be fairly economical, other goods seemed to be high, as the per capita income is high.  But today, in spite of the "no seeum" bites, I am enjoying my day in the sun.


So, prayer requests: please pray that the lessons spoken and unspoken will reach those who God has appointed.  Hipolito, the young man from Puno is back in the hospital and he is suffering with this chemotherapy.  Here they give them treatment for several days in a row.  My church here and I have been trying to help with the extra expenses of the Ensure and blood platelets and the other after treatment drugs.  Please pray for Hipolito who has little support from his 8 brothers.  His mom does what she can, but Puno is a 6 hour trip by bus and sometimes she can't come.  Once in Arequipa there is an aunt with whom they can stay.  Usually family members sleep on the floor or in a chair so the patient gets the care they need, whether it be corporal, emotional or to just guard possessions and meds.


Thank you for your prayers which uplifted us during the grieving time for the passing of our young friend, Andre.  I have been up to the house to visit his mother and we spent 4 hours remembering and chatting about her life with him and now her life without.  She is making strides to move on and knows she needs to keep on for her little brother, Daniel.  I am encouraged to see her continue to depend on Jesus for her strength.  Please continue to pray that she will grow in her faith.


So, as always, I need all the prayer I can get.  Life in a grade school classroom is never easy.  I have to say that the kids have made huge improvements since last year and their regular classroom teacher should get the credit.  Please pray for her and her two daughters.  They lost their husband, dad, in July and while they were estranged, his small efforts at taking care of the youngest daughter, financially, are missed.


Praising God for His love and mercy for my protection and for having placed me in a community of love and caring in Viraco and Arequipa.  While I still will have things to do in Machaguay, that mission is now passing to Greg.  I am so happy to have a co-worker in this area!  I feel like I can breathe.


Thank you all for your prayers and words of encouragement by whatever technology.  I am always glad to hear from you.  As I have said, many times the internet signal is faint so forwards and pictures don't always open while I am up above, but the words always come through.


Blessings on you all!


Lym

Lynn's blog

September 26, 2017

Well, as many of you know, when one comes to Peru on a tourist visa, as I have been doing for years, we can legally only stay for 180 days.  If we buy plane tickets, they have to fit in those parameters as well.  A costly lesson I learned a couple years back.  Sooooo, the solution is to apply for a resident visa.  I had begun that process with a large church in Lima, also a few years ago.  I misunderstood the process and didn't follow up properly and just chalked it all up to my being an independent missionary.  I continued to talk it up and cast about for ways to stay longer legally these past years.  Here are a few suggestions:

     1.  Just disappear into the Sierra and no one will be the   

          wiser...until you need to go home, then you pay a fine.

     2.  Leave Occasionally and come back in from Bolivia or

          Chile and you will get a new visa and an allotment of   

          days.

Some suggestions I actually tried.  The going to Bolivia was a total bust and cost more than if I stayed in Peru and paid the fine to leave.  The good outcome was I spent time with David and Joyce, seeing a part of Peru and Bolivia that I otherwise would not have seen.  It made me appreciate the good friends I have who would take time off and walk back and forth across the border just to squeeze a few more days out of my visa.  


So, Greg had getting a Carnet, high on his punch list and had done research on a couple of groups who could help the process along.  One was the group I approached earlier.  He, Greg, must have listened carefully when they gave instructions.  As a very nice surprise, they even credited me with the money I had previously paid and so the process began.  There is a lawyer and his assistant who filed paperwork, made appointment dates for us and who will continue to move paperwork to government agencies even now that we are back in Arequipa.  


Our stay in Lima was enhanced by the generosity of the Southern Baptist Mission House, which allowed us to rent rooms at a very comfortable price for the four nights we stayed.  Each room had a small cooking area and private bath.  Greg bragged that his room even had a water filter for refilling our drink bottles and for cooking.  My room had a full pitcher in the fridge and a 2 gallon bottle on the counter.  Clean, free water is something to get excited about, but hot showers in a clean bathroom really put me over the top!


A few blocks away, the Baptist administrative office secretary, Ada, helped us get paperwork notarized so we could get back to the proper people.  So now we wait.  We had to send copies of our documents by DHL to our own countries FBI.  With the tracking number, Greg determined that they received the docs in less time than originally predicted.  The wait on the Carnet is said to be 60 days so we are counting down the time.  


While the weather was cold and damp, even drizzly, some days we were able to visit a couple museums and wander around seeing the sights.  I got my fill of Dunkin Donuts and Greg enjoyed big bucks (Starbucks) coffee.  On one morning, he was treated to a free coffee by the barista!


Thanks to many of you for your continued support with prayers and finances.  I am so grateful for the opportunity to serve here.  This Carnet will make it much easier in other ways as well.  When one has a Carnet, more doors open for fair pricing on goods and services, in-country plane fare included.  So this truly is a wonderful opportunity.  Many thanks and blessings to you all.  Thank you for your continued prayers.


Many thanks,


Lynn

LYNN'S BLOG

September 2, 2017

Hey Folks,


Just wanted to share some of the news here is Arequipa.  The week started off with my own PowerPoint Presentation featuring some of the highlights of the ongoing work in Arequipa, Viraco and Machahuay.  I was invited to speak at the 10am service and again at the 5pm service on Sunday.  It was a challenge but with help from Greg and Johaida, the Granddaughter here at the house, the PowerPoint finally came together.


As you know, my home base family, the Medinas, have been active in a church that their family helped build and establish 35 years ago.  David Medina, one of the sons who lives here at the house, remembers when he was an adolescent, moving dirt to dig the foundation and the basement of the building using buckets to haul the dirt away.  They sometimes slept at the construction site to keep poachers and thieves from taking over the lot or its contents.  


Later his father would become a pastor there and later yet, his younger brother would pastor the church for a season.


It was my great pleasure this week to participate in the ordination ceremony of David and his wife, Noami.  They have been preparing for this honor and great responsibility for many years, but the process began in earnest last October, 2016.  Along with them were others from the church who were officially called to be missionaries and evangelists.  There was a couple from the jungle city of Iquitos who, as missionaries, have planted a church in Iquitos, Peru.  A woman who has served alongside of her husband for many years and had served the women and children faithfully was made a pastor as well.  It was a joyful and proud time for the entire congregation of Cristo Vive.  Pastors from Sweden and Brazil as well as Pastors from Lima, Juliaca, Qrequipa and Chincha joined us for the ordination ceremony and the missions workshops that proceeded and followed the Wednesday evening ordination.  In all there were 35 visitors and guests to feed each day.  


For my part, I helped clean the sanctuary as needed, dried dishes and by special invitation was asked to pray in English for Peru.  It was an emotional evening of praise and worship.  Pastor Berti from Sweden brought the excellent message reminding us of the awesome responsibility and privilege to be called as a servant of our Lord.  


I participated in the workshops on missions not only as an interested student but as a translator for our missionary from India who is just learning Spanish.  Funny, huh, I translated Spanish back to English!


It has been quite the week.


Blessings to all who have been interested in this work and who have helped further it with prayers as well as your gifts.


Many thanks,


Lynn