Sunday, January 18, 2009

Peru- Part 2

On Friday night we flew from Lima to Trujillo. Trujillo is a city in the North of Peru and is located on the coast. It is the 3rd largest city in Peru with about 1 million inhabitants. Trujillo is known as “La Ciudad de la Eterna Primavera" or the city of eternal spring. It certainly lived up to its name while we were there. The temperature was in the mid 70s all week, the sun shone brightly, yet there was always a pleasant cooling breeze. Trujillo is located at the foothills of the Andes mountains and the this provides some wonderful sites. It is a very desert region- VERY dry and sandy!

Upon arriving in Trujillo, we checked into the Hotel Paraiso (Paradise). I didn't take any pictures of our room here, but it was perfectly comfortable, even with the lack of air conditioning.

On Sunday we ate breakfast in the hotel (lots of breads, yogurt, tamales, and cold cuts) and then departed for church. This was a big adventure!! The team piled into about 7 taxis and the race began! In Peru traffic lines are merely a suggestion and horn blowing is essential. It was a bit scary at times but we safely made it to the Wichensaw Church. This is one of Peru Mission's church plants in a very poor section of Trujillo. This was a sweet and memorable time of worship. We sang, read responsively, heard preaching from a Peruvian seminary student and celebrated the Lord's Supper (all in Spanish). It was so neat to see the church global worshiping together.
Each church plant has a garden to symbolize growth and fruitfulness.
Outside the church

The areas surrounding the church.

After church we enjoyed a picnic in the park outside some of the missionaries houses. They were very gracious and hospitable to us and provided wonderful food!

One of the missionaries houses

After lunch we returned to the hotel and took over the hallway to sort camp supplies and items bought for the children and orphanage. Each team member brought one personal suitcase and one with supplies. The amount of stuff was amazing! We had bows and arrows, craft supplies, medical supplies for the mission's clinic, clothes and toiletries for the orphans, lots of school supplies, candy, and treats for the children.

We closed the day by worshiping at the Larco church and then eating supper at Allen and Sandi Smith's house.


Mod Girl said...

I'm loving reading about your trip. I'm going to send the link to Greg and Britt so they can read about it, too. They were praying for you.

Mary said...

I almost feel like I was there with you. How fun to sit in the hallway at the hotel and sort ALL the wonderful treasures you brought with you in suitcases. The church worship must have been a highlight - people worshiping the Lord in Spanish about the same time we were doing the same here in the US. Cool!