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Memory Lane: Soldados de Barro

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Since I lost my hard drive in the fall, I lost a lot of my photo files. However, I DID post a lot in my old photobucket account. So today, after having myself a good workout, I decided to retrieve some from my mission to Peru in 2006. Gave me a lot of smiles. So I figured I'd share SOME here.

The "Soldados de Barro" - Mud Soldiers - was a name that came to apply especially to the group of fellows who accompanied me to visit some churches along the Puinahua, a channel off of a larger river in the jungle region of Peru. Because we had to go against the current and the lads had to get out to haul our small boat by ropes, they slogged through the mud on the banks. Same when we ran out of oil, while one of our company got a ride from another boater to get more, the lads hauled the boat along the shore while the womenfolk stretched our legs walking.

I felt more like a missionary during these times, especially taking a squat in the brush!

Cattle sighting along the way

Sabina and I became close friends as we shared these experiences

My "sons" Jhon, Elvis, and Cesar, waiting to disembark.

Spectacular sunset on the river

The mud begins!

Jhon washes off some of HIS mud the next day at the village's pond

Getting ready to continue to other villages in a boat called a peque-peque

Out of oil - a stretch of the legs as the boys prepare to slog through more mud

Jhon, in yellow, sinks suddenly. Pastor Alcides is pushing with a pole.

One of my favorite pictures - the pastoras Sabina and Maria walking through the brilliant green rice

Poor Jhon gets the worst of the mud.

Very real hazards of missionary work - tracks indicate alligators.

This carcass illustrates that stingrays are also a hazard.

My first taste of carachama, an ugly but delicious bottom dweller

Piranhas are not the ONLY toothy fish in these waters! This guy jumped into our boat.

More mud at night as we disembark in BretaƱa

Me and my "sons" and Sabina, getting ready to return to Iquitos by "lancha" ( a larger boat)

Our transport "home"

There are so many other cool photos, but I think I'll post them tomorrow!

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