Tuesday, August 23, 2011
For those who want to know... I'd met Levi Utia initially in 1997 in Iquitos,
but didn't really get to KNOW him know him till 2007.
I admired and respected him then, and always heard good reports about him from others who knew him better. He was among the many I notified when Ansel passed away; among the many who knew I'd be going to Peru this summer. He managed to contct me via Vicky's (Vicky Campos, being the sister who accompanied me north up Colombia) cell phone when we were in Chepen. He was unable to get away from work, but wondered if I could go to Pucallpa. I had my doubts, with the full agenda. But when I had time to think and pray about the matter, I saw I did have time - but didn't want to go by bus again (24 hours one way from Lima over the mountains!). BUT my last 2 paychecks were more than anticipated, and Abel got a deal for me with Lan airlines (however, afterwards we discovered it was invalid for non-residents, so I have to pay a tariff, BUT, that's all right...) and Dany accompanied me - "to protect my virtue" - since he knows Pucallpa and is known there. So...we arrived Saturday night in Pucallpa's heat. We were the last off the plane cuz Dany wanted his pic taken in the cockpit (he has dreams of being a pilot).
Levi and his brother Victor and niece Ruth were there to greet us (Levi wildly waving).
I have to say, Levi was handsomer than I remembered, but I think that's because I wasn't really LOOKING at him that way before. I got behind him on his motorcycle - to Gwyn and Leigh , that makes THREE of us now...How bout YOU, Pam? while Dany went in Victor's motokar with the luggage. We arrived at the family home - his parents Pastor Eladio and Marleni and son Joshua (age 22) and aunt Mercedes...later joined by Uncle Armando and Aunt Teresa...and we stayed up late talking. And we had a little private time to talk during which we agreed we shared enough of the same passions that we decided we'd each make a good half of a dynamic duo. Sunday we walked to the church where papi Eladio preached (Manantial de Vida) (not to be confused with the one in Villa el Salvador!) It had turned surprisingly cold during the night - had rained (I love the sound of rain on caluminas!) so I dressed as for Lima. Aunt Mercedes made us all lunch of fish, the ubiquitous rice, chicken soup with noodles and potatos, and platanos. (Enough starch???) Aunt Mercedes is a sweety and keeps reminding me "derechita" - about my posture! That night we almost all went to the home of Levi's older sister Marita where I was intro'd to a slough of nephews and 2 nieces...and had a home-style church meeting. Levi led, and I found myself more enamored of him as I ould hear his love for the Lord. There was a lot of singing - and Levi sings very well, writes some of his own songs - and I knew a good number of the choruses so could join in. Papa Eladio encouraged the younger folks to share some of their thoughts, and another brother - don't know if it was Levi's brother or an uncle! - shared something from the word. We had a little snack of hot cocoa and bread, and more singing, and then Levi made the official announcement that we'd come to the conclusion that the Lord had brought us together and were going to be taking steps to make everything official. Anyway...I seem to be related through Levi to about half of Pucallpa...AND there's a bunch in Iquitos as well....I love my in-laws - and am very happy. AND sad since I have to leave on Wed. morning and won't see them again till next year. BUT...I showed Levi how to use gmail and its chat feature, so that should help.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
It's been a long wait, through some difficult valleys, not the least of which involved my dear husband Ansel's deteriorating health. But now the Lord has called Ansel home, and I have been released to return to Peru this summer.
For those of you who do detailed prayer, here's an approximate itinerary.
Abel Amaņe, one of my Peruvian "sons" will be accompanying me for most, if not all of the trip. Psa. Sabina Campos will be coordinating visits in Peru except for when Abel and I go to Puerto Maldonado in Madre de Dios.
I am hoping she will be able to join us in Ecuador and Colombia.
24 - leave Rochester 12:15pm (traveling via Chicago and Miami)
25 - arrival in LIMA 4:30am
25 - 30 LIMA
1 - 8 - LIMA
9 -30 - (fly) Puerto Maldonado; Iberia; various pueblos in that area; forays into Bolivia/Brazil. (Abel has property in Iberia. Iberia is close to the borders of those two countries) I want to leave Jul 30 pm to arrive in Lima that night to celebrate my birthday in Lima
31 - LIMA - birthday!
1 -6 - (bus)cities on the way to Chiclayo, possibly Trujillo and Cajamarca, where Sabina may know pastors/churches
7 -14 - (bus)Chiclayo - where Sabina has family, including her father and my SPIRITUAL "papito" Maximo.
15 -21 - (bus)Ecuador - Dany Malafay of Peru is ministering in Tulcan, Ec. and has invited me
22 -28 - (bus)Colombia - Ipiales, where I have a standing invitation from last time
29 -31 (bus)return to Lima, passing through Chiclayo, and spend the remaining days in Lima
1-3 - Lima
3- leave 10:45pm
4 - arrive ROC 4:25pm
Monday, March 14, 2011
The memorial service for Ansel was wonderful. I had a lot of people tell me that it was such a joyful service. Some came because they were his friends and family-in-Christ me; many came because they knew me and were being supportive - like my supervisor from work! I'll have to tell her, she puts the SUPER in supervisor! It was nice to have all my kids together, and my son did myhusband proud by leading in Take Me Out to the Ball Game - getting the lyrics right by inserting the name of OUR ball team (Red Wings) and saying, "If they don't win, so, what's new?" There was healing laughter amid the tears for those of us who knew and loved him. And my pastora gave a message of comfort and salvation in her usual sweet way. Then later that night when my two younger kids stopped by to pick up the dog, my son blessed me even more by apologizing for meanness towards me, and reaffirmed his love for me. It was all very good.
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