From The Beaches of Belize to the Amazon Jungle
And so our adventure in Peru begins! Arrived safely thanks to God’s faithfulness after our adventures at the airport; all went smoothly to start with. We all had to get up at around 4am and say our goodbyes to team Guatemala, which for some rather upsetting. We got a boat to Belize City with team Singapore and again had to say some very hard goodbyes.
Our adventure began when we arrived at Miami airport; we had an hour and a half to get 13 people through. All got through immigration quickly. However, when we arrived to check in we were told we had missed our flight. After some sweet-talking and God’s faithfulness they agreed to check us in, but this still didn’t mean we would make the flight. We had to “throw some elbows” and talk our way through security so we could sprint to our gate and plane.Thanks to God we somehow all made it.
We had a long layover in Lima airport. We all crashed on the floor with 26 bags and 13 people, all sleeping inrather unusual positions. But most people got some form of sleep. Despite all of this there was still a sense of positivity & happiness, it didn’t feel like there was any tension between anyone even though we were all pretty tired.
When we arrived Bud collected us from the airport & brought us to his home, down a rather bumpy trail, and he showed us where we were staying.
The girls are staying on the second floor with no windows or walls, just a wooden floor and door down stairs. Our bathroom/toilet is a large bucket with a toilet seat on top and sawdust to cover it. To start with, I was a little concerned about the fact we had no walls & windows, however at the same time it is exciting & a totally different experience.
Surprisingly it hasn’t been too bad without the walls and windows as you can fall asleep watching the stars and gazing in to God’s creation, hearing the bugs & animals, staring into the treetops.
The following day just involved resting, enjoying company, and a small service with Bud and his 5 children David, Daniel, Felix, Joseph and Caleb, who all seem really nice & friendly. The service consisted of a few worship songs & then it was based on Ephesians 6 about the Armor of God. Then we all shared our thoughts on what Bud had spoken about.
Monday was our first work day, this involved weeding around lemon trees for the morning. We’re pretty excited to be here and see what God has in store. From what I have seen so far it’s going to be a pretty WILD outreach!
-September 2013 DTS Peru outreach