Rach

Had my first class today since having time off. Kind of nice to be back, but felt quite unmotivated. I don’t like teaching people who are obligated to take classes in order to get their bachelors degree. They have to do 12 months of language in order to get their bachelors so they are hardly language lovers.

Paul very busy with about 100 projects to get done by mid-July, just in case he gets a job and we leave.

Rainy season making an obvious effort to cease, so had a few nice sunny moments – which are incredibly hot moments when it happens.

I’ve been madly studying trying to catch up on all the time i missed while on holiday and in Chincha.

Incidently, our friends in Chincha appear to be doing much better! We have only heard positive things really. I had a conversation with the wife today over the phone and she said that they are improving each day…. this is quite a miracle seeing as when I first went down to do a rescue attempt, it looked all but hopeless.

We celebrated our 3 yr anniversary of living in Peru last Saturday. What an achievement considering all the circumstances we have faced!!

We have soooooo many pictures of all the various viewpoints at Iguazu, of which there are numerous. Feast your eyes on this beauty!

These photos are of our trip to Iguazu Falls situated on the borders of Argentina, Brazil, and very loosely, Paraguay. You can visit the falls from Argentina and Brazil and the views are amazing on both sides, though Argentina does win hands down.

This is me obviously! Iguazu Falls (or part of them) is behind me. I think this is from the Argentinian side.

You get to visit various parts at various heights and some areas take you very close to the spray – really good in hot weather as you get to cool down periodically! This is the Argentinian side.

This is at yet a different viewpoint on the Brazilian side.

And another viewpoint from the Argentinian side.
Rainbows are not in short supply!

We are finally back in Huancayo having travelled all over the place for the last 6 weeks.
We started in the mountains (very cold),
went down to the coast (very hot),
went back up to the mountains (very cold),
down to the coast (very hot),
then flew to Brazil and spent a few days on the Brazilian/Argentinian/Paraguayan border (jungle – and very hot)
and then headed to Asuncion, the capital city of Paraguay … also Jungle (very, very hot),
then back to the borders for a day (still hot),
then back to Peru coast (slightly cooler),
down the coast into the desert for a couple of days (slightly hotter),
back to Lima (somewhat fresher)
…. and now up into the mountains again (very much cooler!)!

Time to cut Paul’s very long hair, shave off his beard… and start life all again…

It is still raining lots here!! Should have stopped by now…. hmmm.

Will try to get photos up as soon as possible.

Well, this month was going to be pretty busy, especially for Paul. He is currently organising the annual camp for the kids of the association. He can only attend 2 days of it as then he has to travel down to Lima to pick up friends from the airport and then attend, and translate at, the Vineyard conference. This is followed by a week up in Huancayo with Arthur and Pete from Plymouth Vineyard… and THEN a 3 – week trip to Paraguay at the beginning of March.

I, on the other hand, was going to be here, mostly studying this month before the group arrived in Huancayo…

However, some friends of ours in Chincha are facing a personal crisis that requires our immediate attention. It is so sad that the Peruvian culture doesn’t leave room for people to trust others, especially in crucial moments. This particular couple don’t feel able to talk to anyone down there, despite a potentially failed marriage and a desire to die… we can’t let this go without at least one of us going down. That would be ME! Paul is so busy for the next two weeks that it can’t possibly be him – unless the situation gets worse, in which case I shall insist he drops everything and meets me down there!

So, Wednesday I make my way to Lima (7-8 hours), stay the night with friends, then go on down to Chincha (3 hours) on Thursday. I shall be there until the end of the conference (19th Feb), at which point I shall take the husband of the couple up to Lima to spend time with Paul and the Pastors.

My aim during the week and a half that I am there will be to listen, listen and listen and hopefully help the couple to a) communicate, b) see that there is hope c) become more informed of the issues going on in their lives d) spend time with the wife (the husband often talks to Paul online) and, e) pray with them both and ask God to heal. That last bit is going to be a challenge for me as I have really struggled to see God at work here… I am hoping he will change my perspective on that one.

Generally going back to Chincha is not something I relish the thought of. Emotionally I will find it very difficult, aside from the principle reason for which I am going. I have requested the presence and help of a trusted friend in Lima (who is male) to be with me for an evening down in Chincha as it is inappropriate for me to be counselling a man on his/my own. After that I will have to to be careful what I do in order to be of help but not put myself in any awkward position as the main crisis principally involves the husband.

Please everyone remember and pray for me.

Well, I have been off work for 3 days officially now. I am really enjoying it. We are both much more relaxed, I think, when I don’t work as I don’t feel really tired and I can contribute more to doing stuff in the house.

Paul is mega busy with writing his new course on starting up small businesses and is also hobbling around with very sore toes – we think he has chillblains – anyone know what to do about them??? It has been really quite cold this last week.

I’ve been doing lots more study, making the most of the time I have to do it and also translating stuff into Spanish ready for our English visitors from Plymouth who arrive in 2 weeks.

It is still raining quite a bit but today and yesterday the sun came out in the afternoon and it was HOT. Was able to do some study out on one of our very small balconies in the sun… really lovely.

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