Monday, January 24, 2011

Peru, All You Can Eat, and Brasilian Desserts

Oh look.  We are back to the food theme.  :-)  I think the best way to form this post is to work the week backwards.  So, we will start with the Brasilian desserts...

Our family just came back from something Shadow Mountain Community Church does every year.  They have a Stewardship Dessert evening where the events and ministries of the previous year are summarized while you enjoy desserts at a table of 10. 

Previous to this event, our family enjoyed an all-you-can-eat  brunch buffet offered to the missionaries after church at the college cafeteria (ah, the memories of years back when Bill and I used to eat in the same cafeteria while we attended the college).  Robert, our teenager, could NOT stop talking about all the food!  (Not to mention I think he went back 3 times...).  The other two boys were just as happy.

At the very end of our meal we began talking to an old college friend who introduced us to a Brasilian friend of hers.  Well, the Portuguese started flying and both college friend and my husband smiled politely while we spoke in animated guestures (it's a well known fact that Brasilians speak with their hands).  As she was getting ready to leave, she invited Bill and I to their dessert table for the Stewardship Dessert. 

When we got there, what did I find to my delight but that she had made a BUNCH of Brasilian desserts.  I finally had my Pave (pronounced "pah veh")!  I was ecstatic, seeing as I hadn't been able to have this delicious Brasilian treat even when we were in Brasil last July.  And I brought some home to savor tomorrow.  (Happy feet!)

The other highlight of the past week was that Bill had made a week-long trip to Peru to visit missionaries, set up plans, and see what else God has in store for Believer's Bridge.  Things went pretty well, despite the fact he had to go 5 days without regular running water. 

Yep, and I was complaining (in my spirit) about having to take showers that were intermitten.  What I mean is when we take showers in the RV we have to soak ourselves, turn the water off, shampoo and soap up, rinse, turn water off, use conditioner, turn water on and rinse off.  After hearing that he only had wipes to "shower" with for 5 days, I decided maybe the intermitten showers weren't too bad after all.

Since photos express a thousand words, following are a few photos from his visit to Peru.  Enjoy!

It is a tradition for someone important to give the first haircut to a child's hair.  The parents insisted Bill do this (and exactly where he is cutting) while he was there.  Poor kiddo wasn't too happy.  Can't say I blame her!

Cayo Cardenas and his family: Believer's Bridge national missionary who helps teach the Bible Institutes and translate Spanish into Quechua.

Didn't Jesus say, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” ?  (Matthew 19:14)   Mike Rigg's (our missionary) and his son are in the background.

City of Talavera, Peru, where the Rigg's currently live.

Typical church in the Apurimac area, Peru.  Here, Cayo Cardenas is teaching.

Bill and Martin.  Martin owns a Pizzeria and has offered Believer's Bridge the use of an office space as a classroom.  There are a lot of things that are coming together as we see God work in the lives of the Peruvians and those of us here Stateside as we partner to bring Biblical teaching to this region.

Bill was able to drive (he actually has an International Driving license) up to a church (see below) that is excited to host a Bible Institute for the Peruvians in the area. 

This is a church that will be hosting a Bible Institute seminar.

As you can see, our work is very real.  And the people are very real.  And the needs are very real.  I asked Bill if there were other evangelical missionaries working in these regions and there only seem to be 2 other families.  But as they've dug deeper, one of the families has some serious theological errors (the husband is a national,  but lived in Germany and married to a German).

So, please pray for others who may join Believer's Bridge to minister in these areas.  That God send the right people our way and that we serve God the right way.  We serve a Living God!

"Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart. For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God." 
I Peter 1:22-23

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