Tuesday, April 09, 2013
I was reading a blog and someone was describing their market experiences, so of course I took another trip down memory lane and hunted up pix from my Peru (and a few Ecuador) market experiences. So here's my little travel-log!
Iquitos fish market, 03
a sister's fruit market in VES, 06
February 07 - fresh meat? Villa el Salvador (VES) in Lima
Summer 07, view of a market in Requena
a sister's meat market in VES, summer 07
checking out veggies with Sabina and Gaby 08
getting ground meat for sauce, 08
I love the garb, especially the hat, of this woman 08
flowers in Chepen, 11
meat market in Chepen 11
Chiclayo version of PetSMart, 11
assorted seafood, Chiclayo 11
crabs and scallops, Chiclayo 11
man, eating shark, Chiclayo 11
Octopus, Chiclayo 11
Pretty strawberries and my friend Vikki, Chiclayo 11
The tail identifies goat meat
This little piggy went to market, Chiclayo 11
Market scene, Chiclayo 11
Fresh chicken, VES 11
Gabriela makes purchases to spoil her "madrecita" (me) 11
Rochester, NY has a very nice farmers' market, but I love the experiences when I go abroad.
Friday, April 05, 2013
Tonight I'm picking up the student who's come with me to church a few times, to take him to youth group at church. At my previous church, while my son especially was a teen and he was involved, I would take him and stay, and got to know the kids. Like my son, they're all grown, many married with their own kids, but I still hold them fondly in my heart, and the feeling is mutual when we run into each other here or there.
In Lima, Peru, I have also invested time with my host church's youth group, getting to know them over the years. Two of the "boys" (MEN now!) are engaged to be married. I've invested in the youth ministry by buying a drum set, guitar, amps, and mikes - which they use to lead in praise and worship, and which have drawn other young folks from the community.
Cesar and Jhon try out a couple of guitars at the music store
Cesar starts to assemble the drum set
My "kids", Moises on drums, Gaby leading worship, Cesar on guitar
I've bought them matching t-shirts, bandanas, and "baseball" caps, which they've worn when they've done community outreaches.
Abel and I minister wearing the 2008 edition of "Soldado de Bendicion" t-shirt as we minister in Bretaña
Jhon and I have our Soldado de Bendicion shirts on as we horse around in 2008
I model the 2011 edition of the tee shirt I brought to the youth group
Ruth in a skit is wearing the 2011 edition of "Soldado de Bendicion" tee shirt
So in a way, even though I'm not physically there, I'm participating with them in the work they do. I want to bring them some more new shirts and bandanas when I return next year (God willing), this time a camouflage design. Pastora Sabina says that it gives them a greater sense of unity, identity, and purpose, even boldness to share their faith. I think it's a worthwhile investment!
Meanwhile, TONIGHT, I want to start getting to know the kids in my newer-to-me church. I may even talk to the leader about getting tees for THEM. Hm, there's a thought!
Thursday, April 04, 2013
Today it's supposed to be in the 50's (F of course) and less overcast, and we're still on our Spring Break. So we might go to the zoo. I haven't been to our local zoo in AGES.
But that's not to say that I haven't been to ANY zoo. In fact, there's a park in the district of Villa el Salvador in Lima which I have been to numerous times. It features a little zoo, and I have joked that I have been there so often I should call the animals by their names (and I don't mean "ocelot" or "wooly monkey" - I mean George, Myra, and Elmer!). Well, I'll bring my camera for the outing to the Seneca Park Zoo, but for today's BLOG I'll share some pix from my Peru Zoo Ventures.
Quistococha - Iquitos
My first trip to Qustococha withPastor Hugo, at the entrance in 1997
Yeli with little Emmanuel and a log of turtles 2007
a handler and his 3 year old anaconda 2007
Abel handles the anaconda 2007
a shy river dolphin is coaxed to say hello 2007
This is the park with the little zoo I've come to know!
My pastor friends near the monkeys. 2006
How fitting that I was wearing that tee shirt! 2006
Bear in mind, this is during Lima's WINTER!
Taking a motorboat ride around the man-made lake with my "sons" Jose and Jhon and my pastor friends 2011
A photo op! 2011
Parque de las Leyendas 2011
This enormous park features flora and fauna from the 3 regions of Peru - costa, sierra, and selva (coast, mountains, and jungle). We went to the jungle first, and it's the largest part.
Many of my photos were lost when my hard drive died, but I saved some in my facebook albums.
Here I am with some of "my gang" on our way to the jungle section.
I like to call this picture "Buffalo Gals"
I spy an iguana!
I look forward to returning to Huascar and Leyendas with my "family" in Lima, taking new pix and forming new memories.
Wednesday, April 03, 2013
I love working among young people. I am so blessed to have my present job as Teacher Assistant in a local high school. When I go on missions, I like to connect with the youth in the churches I visit. I've formed some wonderful friendships and taken on many "spiritual kids" over the years. So now and then I like to do something a little special for them.
In the summer of 2007 I gave a lunch for the youth group from Nueva Vision (pastored by my fiancé's cousin) in Iquitos, at the piece of property Foreman acquired and called Refugio (sadly, it suffered from the flooding last year, and I don't know if it can be used any more for its original purposes). I made a soup rich in vegetables, with chicken bought fresh - FRESH - at the market the day before. Here's Abel at one of the poulterers.
And here I am cutting up veggies at Refugio.
But the favorite entree of the the luncheon was the Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches (Abel said he had about 3 or 4!). I brought the peanut butter from the states.
Here's a view of the feast - such a pleasant place to picnic. You can see the big kettle of soup that had been set up over a wood fire on the right.
I did the same when I returned to Lima, only this time inviting the youth groups from a fraternity of some five churches. Their arrivals were staggered, so the crowd was easy to handle! We held it at Manantial, since they had the largest sanctuary to accommodate the numbers.
Here we assemble PBJ's.
Here Ps. Gregorio's niece Pilar helps prep veggies for the soup.
Stirring tomatoes into the soup - fresh, because you can't find the abundance of canned stuff like you can here.
I lunch with the first round of guests.
Psa. Sabina paid close attention to how I prepared the soup, and before I returned to the States, she prepared a birthday luncheon for me, inviting friends from Her church, Voz de la Transformacion, and the pastors from the other churches.
Sabina's daughter Ruth (ONE of "my kids" and Ps. Gregorio of Manantial de Vida, whose church hosted the luncheon
My friend Ps. Alberto from Camino a la Vida joins me
Well...it's a BIRTHDAY party - GOTTA have cake!
Next year I hope to return to Peru. It will be the tenth anniversary of knowing these folks in Lima, and I'd like to do something special with/for them - especially the youth. In 2011 a few of us had a little "slumber party"
I'd like to try something similar on a grander scale, Lord willing.
Good food and Fellowship go hand in hand!
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