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!
Monday, October 01, 2007
If you look in my gallery today, and especially the lower photo on my page, you'll see a picture of me with a big old tree that has all these roots reaching from higher up, going to the soil. It's near the Plaza de Armas in Iquitos, and Abel and I would pass it when we'd walk farther from the Plaza to get a motokar for a lower price. It's a magnificent tree. I have considered that the Lord is making me like this tree...every time I go to Peru, I meet more people, or get to know others better, strengthening relationships. For instance, I'd been to Esposa del Cordero the first time in 04. They were delighted to have me back at last. And I've begun to know some of the women of Nueva Vision by name. And of course there are my spiritual sons - here, Foreman and Abel especially. And I renewed my ties with the intercessors of Marleni's church - here, Consuelo.
As these relationships grow fonder and stronger, it's like I'm sending more and more roots into Peru, so that it gets harder and harder for me to leave. My family in New York is glad to have me back...and I'm glad enough to be back with them...but the pain of missing my loved ones in Peru becomes greater each time. Eventually I expect to reverse things - to spend more time in Peru and just visit stateside!
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Or, it's Spanish name, Refugio - it's the piece of land that my number one spiritual son, youth pastor Foreman Varela, has purchased with help from my church , and has been developing with the help of many others who share the vision. It's to be a camp which can be utilized by other churches in Iquitos, Peru, for retreats, conferences, seminars, concerts, movies, sports events - a safe place for youth to be able to have fun, hang out, and get a dose of God's love. Progress is slow because funds just trickle in.
The big project is for Foreman and his wife Yeli to get visas to come to the states to work for a year , and invest the income in getting the buildings up and running. Besides the necessary bathrooms and well,he has plans for dorms, a conference hall, dining area, and kitchen to start off. In time we want to include shops where youth can learn useful trades; an internet cafe; a warehouse for distributing to needs in the community; and a playground for children. These are pictures from when I was there in July and we held a picnic for the youth, which was followed by soccer and volleyball matches. The pool and well were still being dug. The pool is a necessity in the tropical climate of Iquitos, especially for a nice cool down after a steamy "futbol" game.
I support a worker, Jose, on the grounds. We used to have a little house there for him, but there were some heavy storms earlier this year that took it out. Before Foreman can leave, he wants another house built so Jose can stay the night and make sure no one makes off with the fruit tree saplings we invested in.
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