We start teaching our first English class TOMORROW at 4 p.m. So prayers are MUCHO appreciated.
In other news, prayer is also muchly appreciated for my teammate Caitlyn. Ella no se siente bien. She´s got the nastiness probably from changing from American water and food to Peruvian water and food. She´s on antibiotics but still has a fever and just feels gross and on top of it all wants to go home (who wouldn´t?) so I know she would appreciate your prayers and our team definitely wants her here with us! Noemi and Hilda have been wonderful with their encouragement - it´s amazing to see these incredible Peruvian women share their hearts about God´s plan for this summer.
Sunday we had church at Joel and Hilda´s - at the Biblical Baptist Church here in Yungay, and it was incredible to have a group of believers (mostly chicos from the orphanage) come and pray and sing together - without lights, without music, without distractions (minus a little wiggling from the 8-year-old in front of me) - making a joyful noise to the Lord. Incredible. Pastor Joel spoke about what it means to be a good father - and to see his encouragement to these young boys - absolutely wonderful. We had lunch with Joel and Hilda and came back to the hotel to rest and then back for church last night with lots of singing (including Because He Lives, or Porque Él Vive as we sing here) and Pastor Joel speaking about SIN and its gravity... so convicting especially with what God´s been teaching me in my own life about self-centeredness...
And today we have been preparing for teaching tomorrow and trying to get Caitlyn better! So pray, friends! Pray pray pray. Pray that God would draw children (and young people and adults) who are ready and willing to learn - not just English, but His Gospel. Pray that God would break down barriers. Pray that nothing would stop His message this summer.
Peruvian tidbits of the day -
the garbage truck here plays mariachi music really loudly every morning as it drives around to pick up trash to ensure that people hear it and bring out their garbage. really loud fun dance music. every morning. i absolutely LOVE this place.
Political campaigns here are out of this world. Music, dancing, parades of taxis with flags, people passing out bread in the market... it´s great. Weddings are very similar, actually. Lots of music and flower-throwing and the most terrifying fireworks that you´ve ever seen. During the day, no less. Pointless if you ask me, but hey! Qué será, será.
Lomo saltado is yummy.
Ok, friends! Mañana is the day. Pray! Love you all!!