Monday, February 25, 2008

Five Months - A few pictures of the girls

Myah was so happy with the clothes she picked out this day, we had to take a picture.


Flora, Sarah, Yessica, Hannah


Flora and Hannah

We have officially live here in Peru now for five months. Wow! Hannah and Sarah started back to school after their 2 1/2 month long summer vacation.

On Saturday we welcomed one of two teams that are coming this month from People's Church in Wyomming, Ontario. All of the remaining teams that will be coming htis year are from Canada, many of them from near our hometown, so we are looking forward to seeing some familliar faces.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Yagua Natives in the Amazon

From inside a traditional Yagua home. This building is used for meetings and celebrations as they no longer live in this style of home.
Blow dart demonstration. These guys have incredible aim!




Young boy with his pet Sloth




Five year old girl with her pet Tucan




Homes of the Yagua. They have built their homes on stilts for two reasons, during the high water season and to reduce the risk of encountering snakes, as they travel at night when it is too dark to see.

Holding a Three Toed Sloth.















Monday, February 11, 2008

Update on Shannon

This morning doctors diagnosed Shannon with Viral Meningitis, we are thankful that of the two types she could have had, she has the one that is highly treatable. Shannon's father is also arriving today in the early afternoon. Thank you for praying for her and everyone involved in her care. Please continue to pray for her healing and recovery and for her family.

Rejoicing in the Lord's Goodness,
Tyler and Brenda

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Urgent Prayer Request


This morning we have learned that my friend Shannon who was with me on the trip to the Jungle has become very ill. Doctors have ruled out Malaria, but there are still other serious things it could be and they are having trouble diagnosing her illness as she is so ill that she has become agressive and very unlike herself refusing treatment. Please pray that the Doctors will be able discover what is causing Shannon's illness and treat it accordingly and that her father will be able to get a flight to Lima quickly. Certainly we know that the Lord is in control of all things, and that this will work out according to His purpose. Please pray for us as a team as well as we are all in shock about what is going on.


Saturday, February 9, 2008

Tuesday - Things I Never Imagined I Would See or Do






As we entered this area it felt like I was in one of the many nature documentaries I have seen in my life. It was so neat to be surrounded by the trees and listening ot all of the sounds that were nearby. This is the place where we went fishing for Parana. I learned that there are 25 different varieties of Parana and only four are actually agressive like many people fear.
At our next stop we got to see the giant lilipads. They can grow up to two meters in diameter and hold up to 20Kg. These plants have an amazing root system and are know to be favourite hiding spots for Crocodiles and Anacondas, though we did not see any.
















Most of you who know me well will know that what you are about to see is not my typical behavior. In fact, I still have not come up with a good reason for why I did it in the first place, but for a minute I put aside my fear of snakes and held and Anaconda. This snake was found a few days before near this family's home, Yikes!


Wednesday


This was one of my favourite parts of our trip. We boarded our boat and headed towards a local Mestizo community, a people who share part Native and Spanish backgound. The homes here are the same as the Yagua Natives currently live in, with one area for cooking and a separate area for sleeping. Our guide introduced us to this family and they invited our group to enter their home and talk with them. I was thankful for my growing but limited knowled of Spanish as it is again the language they spoke.

When our guide finished explaining how this family lived in the jungle, hunting, growing gardens and how they prepared their food, we were given the chance to walk around and talk to the family. I began talking with Mari the lady who's home we were in. She told me that she and her husband had three children and twelve grandchildren, many of whom were gathered around us. She continued to ask me where I was from, she was very happy to here of our work with children here in Peru and that I was an Evangelical Christian. All too quickly our time ended and it was time to continue on our walk.





















This lady is expecting her baby any day now. She and her daughter were very nice to talk with. She also has a six year old son named Raul. When it was time for our group to carry on she brought me a fruit from her kitchen, I am holding it in the picture on the right. I brought it home to share with my family. I did feel a little bit guilty taking the fruit from her, but I also know she would have been offended if I had refused. I told I was grateful for her kindness and would be praying for her and her family. Her children continued to walk with us along the trail back to our awaiting boat.



I met the woman who lives in this home and four of her eight children. She invited me in to her home and we talked for a bit while others in our group played soccer in the nearby field. I really enjoyed spending time with her and felt honored to be in her home. Her oldest child is eighteen years old and her youngest child is a one month old baby boy. As we talked she held her baby who had woken from his nap in the hammock. This woman as well was very excited to hear that I was an Evangelical Christian. I was disapointed when it was time for our group to carry on, but thankful for the time I had getting to know this family.

Friday, February 8, 2008

Thursday

This is the street that our hotel was on in Iquitos. To the left of the picture was a large park similar to the one in downtown Lima. When we arrived back in Iquitos we walked around a little, spotting one of the local craft markets. Most of the local tourist places were closed so we were unable to visit those. We still had a great time, playing miniature bowling in our hotel and going out for dinner. This picture was taken from the resturant window.





These are two of the murals that were painted in the Iquitos airport. I think they are beautiful and a true depiction of how people live along the Amazon River even today.
Our flight home was a little bumpy, but it was great to look out the window and continue to see more and more of the world God created.
It was also great to be back with my husband and children, refreshed and ready to carry on.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

This past Friday we went to a park in central Lima where there are water displays with lights and music. The water and lights move to the music in a beautiful display. There were three of the displays that people were allowed to enter. The kids all enjoyed this.

We went with our good friend Fanny and her family. She is one of the house moms from the children's home. Pictured below from left to right are Vanessa, Sarah, Shirley,Jessica, Hannah, Luis Fernando, Jacqui, Fanny, Josue, Flora, Myah, Brenda and Chantal. After the park we went out to a mall to have dinner with all our friends.