Friday, August 29, 2008

Arrived Safely in Canada

I am writing this post to let you know we have arrived in Cambridge. We have tried to email you all and let you know this however, we only seem to be able to receive emails and not send them at the current time.

We are looking forward to seeing you all soon.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

"Beautiful in God's Eyes"

Today was an incredible day for me. Because I will not see these women for the next three months, I wanted to treat them to a special outing, something few of them have ever had and certainly not without their children in tow. Three of our moms celebrate their birthday this month and so we brought along a cake that Rachel had made for them. (Thank you Rachel). We ate Pollo a la Brasa at a local resturant called Las Canastas, it is very similar to Swiss Chalet. As it turns out these ladies surprised me with gifts they had made for me and sang some of the new songs they have been learning in our classes, as well as some traditional Spanish and Quechua Christian choruses. It was so touching and it is a memory I hope to carry with me forever.
Each one of these women hold a special place in my heart, and although my job is to teach them, they have taught me so much more. I can see the hand of God at work in their hearts and it is an incredible joy to be a part and a close witness. This past Monday instead of doing our usual practical skills class we took the time and asked our moms if they cared to share a time in their lives when they could see that the Lord was walking with them through different things they had faced. It was amazing to hear their stories and to listen how the Lord worked in their hearts and the people around them. For some of them they told of how they came to faith in Christ. Words cannot fully explain how much this time of sharing meant to me. Some of these ladies have come from horrible circumstances, they have been beaten, left in the streets, their parents died when they were young and some of them have already seen some of their little children die. Our God is a good God and He works all things according to His Purpose, this week I was reminded of this truth as I listen to the words of these precious women.
It will be hard for me to be away from 'my' moms for such a long period of time. God has given me a great love for them and I will miss them immensely. Please be praying for each of them and their children.

Weekend Fun

The Pinata
Julinho 8

Brenda with Angeli and Luz
Ronaldinho 5

Last Sunday afternoon we were invited to my friend Lida's church to celebrate her two oldest sons birthdays. We had a wonderful time getting to know their neighbours and friends. We also tried a traditional Peruvian dish called Pachamenca that is cooked underground. August is a very busy month for birthdays in Lida and Juan's house as everyone but their twin daughters celebrate a birthday in August. In fact tomorrow is Lida's 24th birthday.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

August Update

The Painting Queen

Inspecting the new well in Pachacamac.
Loading the bricks for the concrete ceiling.

Mike, taking it all in.

Dear Family and Friends,

We are in the middle of writing our latest newsletter, but realize this will not be finished as soon as hoped and thought that you should know about our plans for the fall. On August 27th we will be on our way to Canada for three months to take care of some medical and personal issues. We will be staying with Rick and Ruth Foss (Tyler’s parents) for the first month at least. We are looking for someone to help us with Hannah’s and Sarah’s schoolwork as they go to an American Missionary school here in Peru and need to keep their studies up while we are gone. If you or someone you know might be able to help us with this we would greatly appreciate any help you can give. I am not fully certain about the time commitment but I am guessing 3 – 4 hours a day. I will know more in a few days after talking with their teachers.

While we are in Canada we hope to see many of you and would love to get together and spend time with you. Please feel free to email us if you are interested in getting together.

Items of Prayer & Praise
-The girls to settle into a routine quickly
-Someone to help with Hannah and Sarah’s schoolwork
-For our health issues to be resolved
-For the opportunity to spend time with family and friends.
-For our ministries in Peru to continue running smoothly while we are in Canada
-Brenda- the moms in her Moms Helping Moms Program
-Tyler- taking over the full responsibility of Construction
-For Maribel who will be watching our house and caring for our dog Annie

Thank you for your continued love and support you are a great encouragement to us.

Tyler and Brenda Foss

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Peru One Year After the 8.0 Earthquake

August 15th marks the first anniversary of the devestating earthquake that hit Peru's West Coast last year. "At least 514 people killed and 1090 injured. More than 35,500 buildings destroyed and more than 4200 buildings damaged. The majority of the damage and casualties occurred in Chincha Alta, Ica and Pisco. Widespread communications and power outages occurred in the area. The Panamerican Highway, the Carretera Central and other main transport routes suffered heavy damage due to landslides and cracks." USGS

About a month ago we went on a family vacation to one of the neighbouring towns near the epicenter of the earthquake. Sadly there is still much damage that remains visable as you travel in this area, fallen brick walls, fallen buildings, roads that are crumbling with pot holes and piles of rubble from the fallen buildings that have been cleaned up. We spoke to a family whose house was destroyed in the quake, it was so sad to hear their story, and there are many others just like them. I read one news report that stated this quake left nearly 140,000 people homeless. My mind can hardly comprehend this after having seen the area and how sparse it is.