Thursday, January 31, 2008

Fun at the Airport

You are going to get a kick out of this one. The guy standing beside me is our beloved home director Ronald. A super nice guy whom we love very much but he doesn't know a word of English. We decided to make these signs to welcome home the Fietje's but we thought we would incorporate a little joke on Ronald. We told Ronald that the signs were welcoming and friendly.
As you can see Ronald held his up with great joy, not knowing what it said.

Mike gave us this great pose afterwards to express how he felt. He was only kidding, but it is a great pose none the less.

In the end, there were no hard feelings. I am not sure if Ronald will ever know exactly what was written on his sign.
Just a note to Ronald: We really do love you buddy.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Tyler's Trip to Ica

This past summer Peru was hit by a major earthquake that killed almost 1000 people. Many are still rebuilding and some are still without homes.
On Thursday January 24th, Tyler had the opportunity to join the work team from Goshen, Indiana on a work trip to Ica. The team is in Peru to work at the Manchay Care Centre but took a 2 day trip to Ica to do some earthquake relief work.
The trip was coordinated by a man named John Stone, who along with his father has been working with local churches to buy and build new houses for people in need. We visited 4 houses that had been previously built but needed glass installed, the walls varnished and doorknobs installed. We accomplished all these tasks and on the 5th house we aided in constructing it and then varnished it. In all the different locations Tyler had an excellent opportunity to talk with and witness to the local people.
In our driving around the area there was evidence of the destruction that had occurred this past summer, but there were also many signs of hope that the people are recovering and helping eachother to get on with their lives.
Thank you to the team from Goshen, Indiana and to John Stone for this opportunity.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Our New House

Here are a few pictures to give you a quick tour of our house. We are finally unpacked! This past weekend Tyler installed a hot water heater as there was not one in this house and this week hooked up our washing machine, much needed after a week without one :) We hope that you are all well and that you might have a chance to visit our house in person.

This is our 'loft' on the second floor, just outside of the bedrooms. It overlooks the living room on the main floor and is a great place for the girls to play.

This is Myah's room. There was a wardrobe where the wall is white, we will be painting that in the next week or so.

This is Hannah and Sarah's room. I really like their bed which was made here in a small city named Via Salvador.

This is our room. My favourite part is the view outside our window. It is so nice to wake up and see such beauty everyday.

Friday, January 4, 2008

New Years the beach

We spent New Years day at the beach with the children and the work team. It was our girls first time swimming in the ocean. During the days events Tyler was stung by a jellyfish. Thankfully he is okay and we had ice in our coolers to help ease the pain.

A few of the people from the workteam with the kids.

The three amigas

Very happy faces.

A cuddle feels great where ever you are.

Myah playing in the water with her dad.

Our visit with Carmen Rosa

We were so excited when we were finally able to visit with Carman Rosa a few days after Christmas. Upon our arrival we found Carmen crying. That morning her oldest son had been robbed by four men with knives, they cut his throat and his stomach. Thankfully he survived, but he was fighting a fever while we were there. It was so sad to see a mother having to think of what her son faced and worry about his life. I was so encouraged to hear her tell me how through it all "Dios sabes" the Lord knows. How true I agreed as I hugged my friend. Though we were saddened by what had happened we were thrilled to be able to give her the gifts we had brought for her family. Finally it started to make sense why we were not able to make contact with her before this. Like Carmen Rosa said "Dios sabes".
This week the father of Carmen Rosa's children passed away, she is having a difficult time. We would ask you to pray along with us for her and her children.