Thursday, May 26, 2011

Part 2

Getting around.
Riding the Peke Peke
Going to lunch
Sarah enjoying her first ride in the boat
Taking it all in
Riding to the cattle ranch
The first stop
Enjoying every minute
The oldest and biggest Brahma Bull on the ranch

Four Days in the Jungle Part 1

This past weekend we had the privilege of visiting the Jungle as a family. We had a wonderful time seeing so many amazing things that God has made, butterflies of all colours flying around, tarantulas, Cayman and Anacondas. Being surrounded by green trees and beautiful flowers after living in the desert for four years where everything is brown, was such a treat. We met some terrific new friends and our girls had a great time swimming in the Ucayali river, swinging on tire swings, flying over the jungle in a float plane and going to a girls club with several children from the jungle. Tyler was able to go fishing and caught a large Piranha and several Peacock Bass, he even held a 100lb Anaconda!

I hope you will enjoy our pictures.

The Wildlife

Small 1 " tree frog we found in the bathroom
Tarantula on the window outside of room the Fietje's slept in
Cayman at a local zoo
Tyler holding the 100lb Anaconda
Th egirls with a very old taxedermy Cayman

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Ups and Downs

This past week was one of emotional ups and downs. I was so touched when one of the moms from this years MHM group gave me two beautifully hand embroidered table cloths for my home. Most especially that she made them just for me and that she wanted to thank me for the friendship I have shown her. My heart is full of joy that comes from being blessed by God's goodness. Those days when I wonder if I am having an impact on the women and families that I spend time ministering to, God blesses me with this wonderful gift of love and appreciation. How wonderful and humbling, I am thankful.

The harder part of my week was visiting with a family whose daughter was killed on Wednesday while crossing the road infront of the Oasis (Care Center). She was eight years old and was crossing the road with her dad and brother, when a car came speeding along, hit her and sent her flying through the air, she landed ten meters away. She died very shortly after at a local clinic. This young girl was a neighbour of several of the families who come to the Oasis. On Thursday, Carmen and I went to the visitation in the family's home. We spoke with the mother and expressed our sympathies and desire to be of help in any way that we could. We have been encouraged by friends and neighbours of the family to return this coming week, to help walk this family through this tragedy. Please be praying for us as we minister to them, especially that God would open their hearts to receive him. We know they have a Catholic background, but they did not have any of the usual idols that most Catholics diplay in their home.

Please also be praying for a friend that I met my first year here in Peru. Several months ago a doctor told her she was expecting triplets. He continued to treat her for the following months, and her belly continued to grow and grow. About a month ago, she began having some sharp pains and thought she was going into labour, her husband rushed her to the hospital, where they discovered that she was not carrying triplets, but had three newborn sized tumors growing inside of her! She was deeply saddened to learn that there were no babies after her surgery. Please be praying for this special lady, she is a beautiful woman of God and she brings much joy to everyone she meets. Please especially pray for her health, that she will go for any follow up check ups that are needed and that she will find a doctor who is willing to do regular check ups to prevent something like wthis from happening again.

Admittedly, sometimes my weeks and days can be a little emotionally hard, but  I love that God has called us here and that we have the privilege of building friendships with so many wonderful people. We see God at work in the lives of women and children in Manchay and surrounding communities.  We are blessed beyond measure and I cannot think of a place in this world I wouldrather be.

Friday, May 6, 2011

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Sharing the Gospel in Antioquia

Yesterday, we got up very early to visit the small town of Antioquia. This small town is about 40 km from where we live, but the road to get there takes about an hour and a half to travel. We went with our good friend Mike Kennedy and a group that is visiting their children's home this week. Our whole purpose being to take some much needed school supplies and share the Gospel with the children and their teachers.

We had a wonderful day and everyone was blessed by our time there. The children were delighted to have some things that were just for them, and each one received their very own Bible. There is such a contrast here to the mentality of sharing the gospel in school as to that in North America, where the Government is determined to keep God out. I am glad for the freedom to share with these children.

All three of the schools we visited today were extremely small and had hardly anything to use for teaching their students. We hope to be able to continue helping with this need, but most importantly we hope to develop relationships with the people and maybe one day be able to start an Evangelical church in the area. Please pray with us to that end.

The first school we visited, the children heard the gospel
and received pencil cases and notebooks

Third school was a one room school with 21 students.

This pre-school has six students but no supplies for teaching.
We brought some puzzles, crayons and blocks.
 Please continue to pray for our interactions with these schools, especially for the seeds that were planted yesterday, that they will take root and bear fruit. We have been asked to come and share with the parents of the students and specifically talk about moral issues.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Move over mom, there's a new cook in the house!

I may have mentioned before that my two youngest daughters like to help me make dinner most nights. They are getting that they want to be able to do some of the things on their own. So I have a few things that I don't mind letting them do with little supervision. Tonight, I was going to make Pizza Quesadillas when Myah came into the kitchen and asked if she could help me or should I say make dinner while I watch her. Okay, I admit it, I helped a bit, but I really tried to let her do most of it by herself.

Can I help you?

Adding the cheese, yum!

Some pepperoni

Toasting the quesadilla in the frying pan

Cutting it into serving sized pieces

Of course, every good cook knows you need to try
your meal before you serve it.