Thursday, April 13, 2006

Last night, we went out to Pizza with some friends from church. The kids all help me with my children's activities twice a week in Palpanccay, so I wanted to thank them for all their help. They are (left to right) Mery, Billy, Yhonathan, Miguel, Susanna, me, and Meche. Posted by Picasa

Perspective on Peru

Here are a few pictures to give you a bit of an idea of some things you might encounter here in Peru. The cost of living is very low and the culture is very distinct, which makes the quality of life high!


Here is a Quechua woman with her baby on her back. They carry the babies in these colorful 'mantas' from infancy, sometimes up until they are 2 or 3 years old. (The sweater on her head is not typical, but it's not really surprising either!) Posted by Picasa

These fresh flowers were 6 soles...that's about 2 dollars or less! And these are expensive because they're Calla lillies. Posted by Picasa

These carts are everywhere. You can buy bottled water, candy, gum, snacks, etc. on them, all for one Nuevo Sol (the current exchange rate is 3.35 soles/dollar!) or less. Some of the people at our church and other friends have carts like this where they make their living. Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, April 12, 2006 happy! Posted by Picasa

Americo. Posted by Picasa

Ruthie Posted by Picasa

April 2006

Hi and Happy Easter!

I have lots of fun pictures to add today. Below are a few from just hanging out with the kids in Palpanccay, playing with some of the great stuff that my friend, Lauren, sent from Japan! We have had a great time putting it all to use.

There are also a few from Promesa, the bilingual Christian school I have been helping out at. I work mostly with the 4 year old class and it is pretty crazy, but we are all learning a lot. The kids are really cute, too, so that definitley helps.

And I will be putting up a few pictures from yesterday when we colored Easter eggs in Palpanccay. It was really fun and the mess was minimal compared to what I had feared!

Things continue to be really busy but great. Actually we have Thursday and Friday off this week for Easter, so that is really nice. Jeremy and Christina visited during the last week of March and that was wonderful. It was hard to say goodbye, but well worth having them here! I showed them around Cusco and some other neat spots, and it was great just getting to hang out with them.

Our youth club is continuing strong and all the youth are really busy now that their school year is in full swing. We are about to get a new roommate and are excited for her arrival as well. The weather is turning cooler, so we are looking into buying some space heaters!

Please pray for our team as it is a highly transient time of year for many of them. And pray that the youth club would continue to push a little deeper. You can pray for me, that I will delight in the Lord and will press into all of the things He has me doing here, and also that He will be preparing me, and my path, as I come home in a few months. Pray that I won't be anxious about leaving or be focused on what comes next, but that I will be used by Him here up until the day I leave.

Thanks so much for your faithfulness in prayer and support and for the encouraging emails I so often receive. Thank you for even looking at these updates!

This is Miranda. She is one of the youngest students in our 4 year old class, as she is still 3. It's taken a while for her to get accustomed to the classroom but now she is a lot of fun. Isn't she cute??? Posted by Picasa

Milagros, Frana, and Gabriel swinging at recreo. Posted by Picasa

me in the chaos! Posted by Picasa

Alisson. Posted by Picasa

Alex coloring. Posted by Picasa

Ruth again. Posted by Picasa

Americo and Daniel. Posted by Picasa

Mariela catching Posted by Picasa

Ruthie playing with the fun new stuff than Lauren sent from Japan! Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Out in the Cusco plaza after dinner. Posted by Picasa

Jeremy with Ellie, the Powlison's little girl. Posted by Picasa

Me and Jeremy at Macchu Picchu. Posted by Picasa

This puppy was in the back of our taxi on the way to Ollantaytambo!  Posted by Picasa

The three of us in the tiny motorcycle taxi in Ollantaytambo. Posted by Picasa

Jeremy and me in Ollantaytambo, where we caught the train to Aguas Calientes (Macchu Picchu). Posted by Picasa