Sunday, October 21, 2007
While Iquitos is my home-away-from-home, and Foreman is my number one spiritual son, I've gotten to know other Peruvians. Abel is another son, who hails from Lima - but was able to accompany during my time in Iquitos. It's good to have lost weight so I can ride more comfortably in the airplane seats! Trudging up hill and down in Lima, on sandy roads, is another good reason to keep the weight down. I was so delighted, as I changed from shorts and sleeveless top to sweatpants and long sleeves and layers, that I was able to fit into the pants that were given me at LAST year's birthday but hadn't fit at that time. Clothing they sell there is not geared for chunky gringos!
I need to keep fit and get the weight down so I can continue to be among these people whom I love and miss so much.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Most of the pictures I posted today are from my number one spiritual son's birthday. Foreman Varela is a youth pastor at Nueva Vision in Iquitos, Peru, as well as a youthleader/missionary with JuCUM (Youth With A Mission). It was pleasant to have the day with him, celebrating with his extended family, and later with the youth at their meeting, where they honored him. I'm not only his spiritual mom (his natural mom is my best friend) - I'm a partner in the work of Refugio (the Christian campground that's being developed 10 minutes' rigorous walk from his house);secretary, bank, public relations...I want to be able to keep going, to handle the rigors of travel and tromping around the countryside in Peru. I want to be able to go visit my fellow iintercessors, as those pictured here...and there are still many unpaved dirt roads, steep ascents and descents, and narrow foot bridges traversing the terrain to get to their humble homes...and outhouses with holes in the ground over which to squat. So I need to be physically fit, I need to continue towards my goal weight. It's not going to get any easier with age!
Monday, October 15, 2007
The photos here are from July 14 and 15. Esli got us a deal on the boat trip to visit the Bora tribe. And I, having been to Peru enough times, made so bold as to dicker down their asking price of 50 soles to 40 soles, since I was just a poor missionary. But I DID buy 10 soles worth of memorabelia - a little armadillo for Abel (who said that had been his nickname as a little boy because of his big ears!) and a bracelet for Esli, "so I can wear it and remember you, Mom" (isn't that sweet?). When I was invited to dance with the women, Esli supposedly video'd it for me, but I hadn't shown him correctly, so it had been missed. I was resigned to the loss, but he spoke to the spokesman, and they did it again for no extra charge.
That outing was the last time Abel and I had with Esli - he was going on a missionary trip and wouldn't be back before my departure. So, now I'm always hoping to find him online for a chat.
That evening Abel and I went to the church, Rios de Agua Viva, where I preached, and afterwards we had cake, soda, and fellowship.
The next day after going with Foreman and Yeli to their church, Nueva Vision - where a group of missionaries from Y-WAM had a presentation, and it was fun to speak English for a change as I chatted with a couple of the gringuitas - we went to have lunch with the director of Y-YAM in Iquitos, Clark Barnard. Talk about small world, his original home church in Brockport, NY is the one whose pastor married my husband and I. Anyway, we went to this (PRICEY) floating restaurant. It was a fun experience, but I wouldn't make it a habit. That night Abel and I went to the more economical polleria, Kikiriki's (that's the Spanish equivalent of cock-a-doodle-doo).
Friday, October 12, 2007
Well, these pictures start with our lunch at Quistacocha on July 12, and the evening service at Branza de Dios. Most of the service was by candlelight, due to the power outage (not an uncommon occurrence) . Love the good strong flash of my digital camera! The next day was Foreman's sister Veronica's birthday. It was a Friday, my free night, but I was nearing broke - with 2 more weeks yet in Peru! So when Esli came over, we decided to listen to some music, and then watch a movie. The corner BODEGA (market) had popcorn, so I sent the boys - Abel and Esli - to get some. Esli cooked it up and we watched ELF with Spanish dubbing. Having seen it enough times in English, I could follow it well. The following day Esli had arranged with a friend of his to take us in his speedboat to visit a tribe along the Nanay river (a tributary of the Amazon.) I got a discount - 60 soles as opposed to a hundred (about $20). But I hadn't realized there was also a fee at the village itself. Having become menos gringuita, I dickered them down a bit, and the money I saved I used to buy a couple mementos for the lads. Next entry will show pix of the village and tribe! A sad note was that after that evening, Esli'd be leaving on a missionary trip, so I wouldn't see him again until I return to Peru - I HOPE it will be NEXT year!
Friday, October 05, 2007
The photos I loaded today represent the tail end of one night and 2 other days in Iquitos. I had the blessing of staying with Foreman while in Iquitos - his house is INDEED my house, will be where I retire. After all, I helped him purchase the property right next to the home of his mother Marleni - who IS, after all, my bestest friend.
Abel Amañe, my son from Lima who accompanied me, also stayed there. Esli Gonzales, who has been in both Lima and Iquitos, spent as much time as he could with me. He and Abel had formed a strong bond when they accompanied me to visit the villages along the river, and the 2 of them were my companions many a free night. These pictures show our time at the Boulevard near the Plaza de Armas. Esli still has his natural mom, so he knows how to joke around and show affection with me. Abel, who lost his at the tender age of 3, still had some learning to do. He made progress during our time together, and by the time we had to part was joking and hugging.God, how I miss them!
Foreman is still my number one, for the years - 15 - we've known each other, first through correspondence, and then more when he's stayed with me here in the states. He will tease mercilessly, but also pamper me ingratiatingly and keep a protective eye out for my best interests. Dany and I met briefly during my first visit 10 years ago, and grew in our relationship via the IM. I helped him come to Iquitos to work with Foreman - and to return to the missionary work he'd been doing in Ecuador. The 2 of them are really something to see together - they get to joking and laughing uproariously. But they also minister powerfully together, and Foreman has expressed missing his friendship now that Dany's beck in Ecuador.
These are just four of many spiritual sons , and they have been the source of many delightful memories. To be able to return to them and KEEP UP with them is plenty enough incentive to get the rest of this weight off!
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