This is a picture of a small church in Manchay, last week we went here for the first time. We know several families who attend this church and we were encouraged during our time there. As of yet we have not found a "home" church for us here in Peru that meets our families needs. We plan to visit this church a few more times. We would appreciate if you would pray about this matter along with us, as this is an important need for us. We certainly miss all of you from our home church in Cambridge and think of you often. We are also excited to know that several of you are able to make the trip down here this summer and we look forward to the time we will have to spend together.
Well it appears that our camera is missing so we are unable to take any pictures right now, hopefully it will turn up soon.
On Saturday Shirley celebrated her 15th birthday. To many girls in Latin America this is a huge milestone. At this age they transition from being a young girl into being a senorita. Shirley asked Brenda and I to be her Padrinos. This is sort of like being her Godparents, and we had the priveledge of throwing a party for her. The night was very beautiful and formal. Everything I had hoped for as a proud Padrino.
Above is a photo of Shirley with her house mom Fanny, and her family. Fanny's family group are very special to Brenda and I. They include us in many of their activities and are always there when we need someone to talk with.
This is a photo of Shirley with her biological family. She and 3 of her brothers are in the care of Kids Alive and her youngest brother lives with her mom. This was a very special evening for her mom as well, she was very proud of the young lady her daughter has grown up to be.
Front row: Karla, Rachel, Connie, Julio, Deysi, Brenda, Shannon
On Friday we attended our first wedding in Peru. Our friends Julio and Deysi had their Civil ceremony in Pachacamac. Pastors here are not legally able to perform wedding ceremonies, so most people have two ceremonies, a civil and religious. Deysi and Julio will be having their religious ceremony in their home town with their famillies, a twelve hour bus ride from Lima.
While preparing for a new project I hope to begin with the moms in Manchay, I began doodling some things on paper. What I discovered was a part of me that I did not know existed. Now admittedly by true art standards this may not count, but I was quite amazed that what I was picturing in my mind is exactly what I drew on this paper. BF