Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Since arriving in Peru in September, Brenda and I have made many new friends but one of them stood out in our hearts this Christmas. She is a lady who works extremely hard every day, and has done so for many years to support her and her two children. About a month ago she invited us to her house. She doesn't have a lot of money but her house was nicely decorated and well kept. The one thing that stood out to me was the poor state of her roof. When I asked her about it she said that the roof in her livingroom fell down a few months ago and that during winter when there is heavy dew, water leaks into her kitchen.

Brenda and I talked it over and we decided that our gift to our friend this year would be to put a new roof on her house. I searched around for lumber and was very happy to find dry pine at a local hardware store. I enlisted Juan Carlos to help me with the job. He was very happy to do so because he had no experience in this area and has now learned a new skill. This is unusual construction for Peru because lumber is so scarce but the result is still very nice. Our friend has had lots of nice comments on her roof from her neighbours. Thanks be to God for this skill that I have learned in my life that now allows me to bring joy to others half way around the world.

Digital Scrapbook Pages

Sunday, December 23, 2007

A Christmas Like No Other

Christmas is still two days away and yet we are experiencing "A Christmas like no other". For our family, this is the first year we will be away from "home". We can sense already how much we will miss things in the way we are acustomed; hot turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, for all of us except Tyler pumpkin pie mmmmm...., but most of all being with our family and close friends. Though we miss you all, we do not feel sad, for this I thank the Lord. We have made many friends since we arrived here exactly three months ago. I am so thankful for the people God has placed in our lives. We feel so loved by many.

Last week we decided that we would make a care basket for our friend Carmen Rosa and her family. We filled it with rice, noodles, vegetable oil, rice flavoring, sugar, hot chocolate, candies, shampoo, soap, toilet paper and a few other items. While packing it up we felt we had too much to give to only one family so we divided some of the items up into other baskets. We had no one in mind for the other basket at first. We talked about a few other people we knew and then a man named Jorge came to mind. We met him two years ago, one afternoon while driving down the main street of Manchay. We know he was friends with Patty Thrones for many years.

Friday night we set off to deliver our baskets, hoping to find the families at home. Carmen Rosa and her children were not home, so we were a bit disappointed, we will try again another day. Jorge`s house was on the route to our way home, we were happy to find him there. Visiting with him were his oldest son and one of his 12 grandchildren. He invited us into his home and showed us how he was carving out a bigger kitchen into the rock wall at the back of his house. I found this quite fascinating. We then went and sat with him in his living room. We talked about our friend Patty who has returned to Canada. Jorge showed us a guitar someone had given him and asked if we knew how to play it. Neither Tyler or I have any musical talent so we were sad to say no, but our friend Juan Carlos was with us and he plays the guitar very well. It was so much fun to sing together songs of praise. We are slowly beginning to memorize some songs in Spanish. I was sad when it was time for us to leave. Outside there were people who had gathered because they had heard us singing. I stopped to talk to a young mom and her two children and 3 yr old girl and 5 yr old boy. I hope to see her again some day as I am not exactly sure of where she lives. We had a few stuffed animals in our car that Hannah and Sarah gave to the kids.

Tonight we are having our friend Dona and her children over for dinner. Tomorrow we will spend the afternoon at the children's home with Wilma and her kids, it will be quite a lot of fun. So even though things are going ot be different this year, the Lord has blessed us with another wonderful way to spend the day celebrating the birth of His Son.

May the Lord bless you all. We pray that your Chritmas will be filled with the joy of the true meaning of Christmas.

Friday, December 21, 2007

O Christmas Tree

This video is from the girls Christmas concert at school. The battery died on our camera part way through, but most of the song is there. :)

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Let it Snow.. Let it Snow.. Let it Snow.....

We recieved some pictures from our family members back in Cambridge of the recent snow falls. It certainly looks very pretty. This picture was taken at noon hour infront of our Uncle Glen and Aunt Gail's house.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Feliz Cumpleanos!

Today is my 34th birthday. It was a pretty quiet day. Tyler watched the girls for a while so I could rest and have some time to myself, very much appreciated. This evening we went out for dinner with our friend Dona. Afterwards we went to the Children's Home to spend time with the kids at their Christmas party. That's when we came to my surprise birthday party. It was very special and I was happy to spend time with my family and friends. Thank you everyone for your love and words of encouragement.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Welcome Baby Noah!

I am excited to share with you the arrival of Noah. He is the son of my cousin Adam and his wife Emma. Congratulations Adam, Emma, Aunt Lois and Uncle Harry. May the Lord bless each of you.

Friday, December 7, 2007

December Newsletter 2007

Getting Settled

Our first few months have been spent getting settled into a bit of routine and helping our girls adjust to living in another culture. During this time we have been able to purchase a vehicle for our family from a retiring missionary couple. We have spent many weeks praying and looking for a house within our budget. This was proving to be difficult, but the Lord has provided us with a lovely three bedroom home, one block from Hannah and Sarah’s school. We look forward to moving in to our new home in January. We are renting our house from a single mom with three children. Please pray for us as we interact with her, as we share God’s love with her.

Beginning Ministry

Tyler has quickly settled into all areas of his ministry, but it is proving to take longer for me. Helping the girls to settle into school and being with Myah everyday has occupied most of my time. I am thankful that Myah and I are able to walk to the children’s home from where we are living and so we do get to spend some time with the younger children each day. I have also enjoyed getting to know the house moms better and trying to understand some of their needs, and see if there are any ways I can encourage them. All of them seem to have taken an interest in my love of scrapbooking and they have asked me to come and teach them on Tuesday mornings. I am looking forward to this.
I also have had this desire to begin making blankets as part of an outreach ministry to the families in Manchay. I hope at some point that there will be some nationals involved with me in this ministry. Above is the first quilt I have completed. I am thankful that I learned about tying quilts from Mrs. Barb Wheaton this past year at TLC.

Children's Home

It is very exciting to be back at the children’s home, meeting all of the new children as well as seeing how much the other children have grown. Many of the children remembered us or at least our red haired children. They were all surprised that Myah wasn’t a baby any more. Tyler has been working hard getting the home back into good running order, replacing countless door knobs and smoke detector batteries. There is always something for him to fix at the home, as the building is aging. We are expecting construction to begin for the new home in Pachacamac in January. The hope is that we will be able to move the children to the new location by March 2009
There are many new children living in the home, most of them are quite young, between the ages of one and six. We encourage you to pray for them as they adjust to their new environment and that the Lord will open their hearts to the truth of His salvation.

Care Center

The Care Center has continued to grow over the past two years. There are about sixty children who attend the programs at the center. There has not been much repair work for Tyler to do here as the buildings are all fairly new. I have not had much opportunity to spend time at the care center either, but this past week I was asked to help supervise a trip to the local zoo in Lima. It was such a fun day. I got to spend quite a lot of time with many children whom I met two years ago. When we returned to the Cuna the moms were waiting for their children, again I was happy to talk with some of the moms I knew from before. There were also many new faces to see and people to meet.
Recently all of the children who attend the center have gone through physicals. Many medical needs have become known as a result. About twenty of the children are in need of orthopaedic insoles and good shoes. Many of the children have other needs such as reading glasses, medication. There are a few moms in need of counselling and other treatments as well. Please pray about these needs and wisdom for us as to how it is best care for those in need.

Items of Praise

  • We were able to purchase a car for our family

  • Hannah and Sarah’s adjustment to their new school and their encouraging report cards

  • Juan Carlos who has been volunteering his time at the children’s home and has become a good friend to Tyler

  • For the relationships we are building with the children and moms

  • We have found a house to rent in the area we were hoping for, within our budget
Items of Prayer
  • The Bible study Tyler and Juan Carlos are doing together

  • The people we minister to and our relationships with our coworkers

  • We will settle in quickly to our new house and be able to find the things we need for our house

  • The health concerns of the children in at the Care Center and in the Children’s Home

We hope you have a wonderful
With Love In Christ,
Tyler, Brenda, Hannah, Sarah and Myah

Angels We have Heard on High

Hannah, Sarah and Myah were invited to sing at the Christmas program at the Children's Home with Fanny and her kids. It was a lot of fun putting together costumes from scrap material and learning a Christmas carol in Spanish in less than 24 hours.

Friday, November 23, 2007

The First Quilt is Finished!

Last week I began making this quilt as part of my ministry. Tyler gave me my birthday and Christmas present early, when he bought me a sewing machine. My hope is that eventually there will be other people involved in this ministry with me, especially other nationals. It doesn't seem so now that we are entering summer here, but it does get quite cold here in the winter and the blankets will be great for keeping people warm and adding some colour to their homes. I also hope that in giving them these blankets it will open a door for them to trust me and share the Gospel with them. I must thank Mrs. Barb Wheaton for teaching me how to tie a quilt this past year at TLC.

A Trip to the Zoo with the kids from the Cuna

Meet Daniel Roberts one of the short term missionaries with Kids Alive. He is a new friend of ours and the son of the worship director at Calvary Baptist Church in Burlington Ontario (Pastor Rob's church). We have enjoyed getting to know him during the past two months. All of the kids love Daniel. He has an amazing heart for the people here and reaching them with God's love. On weekends he has been working through a devotional with the older boys from the home. We encourage you to pray for him as he works with them each week. Daniel is hoping to return to Peru some time in the future, we look forward to his return. Thank you Daniel for the encouragement you have been to us.

This is Flor, she always has a smile on her face. What a joy.

This is Diana. We met her and her older sister Mila when we were here two years ago. It was a delight to see her again. I also got to see her mom again for the first time since we have been back, this was very exciting for me.

This is 'little' Mila. When we were here in 2005 and there were two girls named Mila at the Cuna, this is the younger one. My, how she has grown...

David and Bryon playing in a little casita at the zoo.

This is the whole group of children who came with us to the zoo. Notice all of the little ones, much to our surprise they walked the whole way all day.

Monday, November 19, 2007

A few more random pictures

Tyler with Juan Carlos and his cousin at a soccer game. Peru vs Brasil
The little boy in this picture was adopted last week. He is moving to Spain to live with his new family. He spent the weekend with us a few weeks ago.

A card ride through Lima

Saturday, November 10, 2007

We Love to Bake!

We had a few of our friends over for dinner last week. Myah and Sarah helped prepare our desert by crumbling up Oreo cookies. As you can see on Myah's face they also volunteered as taste testers.
Hannah, Juan Carlos, Myah and Sarah
Juan Carlos has been volunteering his time at the Children's home for the past several months. Tyler has been working with him nearly every day. He is a great person and we enjoy his company.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Close up Pictures from Manchay

This ark playground was built by a workteam from People's Church in Wyoming, Ontario. There has been quite a lot completed since we were here the first time two years ago.

The 4 and 5 year old class at the cuna, playing in the new fenced soccer/basketball court.

This two story building is the new homework club at the Care Center (Cuna). These are two of the girls who come to the club each morning.

Hey PG,
I am sure that you would like to see even more close up pictures, don't worry there are more to come :-).

Monday, October 29, 2007

A Thursday Morning at the Children's Home

On Thursday's I have been watching the younger children at the home while the house moms meet with the director. It has been a lot of fun, but also very busy. I am thankful for Flora (pictured with Myah) for her help rounding up ten little ones.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

To Our Cousins

Eva, Astrid, John and Iain this video is for you.

Love Hannah, Sarah & Myah

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

A Few Pictures from Manchay

This morning Myah and I went to see the Care Center (Cuna) and meet some of the children. We played with the youngest group of children out side.
Tyler, Juan Carlos, Dave, Dan and one other person were pouring concrete for a retaining wall. It is amazing how much things have changed since I was here last. I think most of the new constructoin here is nearly complete. That is great timming as it appears that things should be settled for building to begin in Pachacamac this coming January. A view of the Cuna from across the road. In the lower left corner you can see our new car.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Planting a Garden at the Children's Home

Paola, one of my very hard working helpers.
One of my first jobs at the home this week was to plant the gardens at the back of the home. All of the house moms and the children were very excited. Very quickly I had many volunteers to help with the planting. Everyone worked well together and we got the job done in good time. We can hardly wait to see how it will look as the plants continue to grow and fill out.

I am sure some of you will remember some of the kids in this picture.

This is Mercedes, she is one of the newest and youngest girls at the home. Behind her you can see our finished garden.
I had plenty of help from many of the children and Tyler.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Some pictures of our First Two Weeks

A view from the second floor
The girls say "Hi"

Afternoons with Myah can be quite a lot of fun

This one inch long lizzard became part of our family this week after nearly being stepped on in our driveway. He enjoys a healthy diet of ants and flies and the odd bite of corn flakes.

Hannah and Sarah were welcomed to their class with many cards and signs like the one sarah is holding in this picture.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Hannah and Grammy

The night before we left for Peru we had dinner with our families. This picture was taken of Hannah and Grammy.

Thursday, September 27, 2007