Instead of a hymn post today, I thought I would give an update on what I’ve been up to this summer. I arrived in Peru at the end of June, and I am to fly out this Friday to return to Texas. I have been working with a group of seven others, all of whom have some connexion to the university I attend in Tennessee, and we have been working with a congregation of the Lord’s church that has recently been planted in Cusco, Peru, a 900-year-old city that was once the capital of the Inca Empire. We have been teaching English with the Bible (using the World English Institute curriculum). It’s been a wonderful time, and I am a bit sad to be leaving, though glad at the same time that I have been able to spend so much time here.
So since I have less than a week left in Peru, I thought I would make a list of things that I will miss about this place where I’ve spent a month and a half this summer (or winter if you please, since we’re in the southern hemisphere):
- Passion fruit juice
- Clementines in July
- European-style baguettes
- Sweet potato and yucca chips
- Living within walking distance of the church building
- Speaking Spanish every day
- The Andes Mountains
- Mountain air
- Seeing mission work in action
- Meeting with non-Christians every day to study the Bible
- Participating in the growth of new Christians
- Being encouraged by the growth of new Christians
These are all things that I’ve enjoyed, and that I’ll miss when I return to North America. But I did notice that some of these things need not be restricted to Cusco, Peru, and I hope the time I’ve spent here will motivate me to do more evangelism and mission work wherever I am.
Although the end of my time here is near, it’s not over yet! One of our English students has obeyed the gospel, and we are hopeful that others will too. Please be praying for the rest of our work here, and for our continued influence even after we leave!