Sunday, August 3, 2008

Domingo en Peru (Sunday in Peru)

Well, we have had the, um, pleasure (?) of experiencing a Peruvian wedding reception last night at our hotel. After dinner half our team visited with Gordy & Bear (Beverly) at their apartment. We had a very good time hearing each other's stories and spending some time in prayer. We got back to the hotel at about 10:15, and the wedding guests were just eating dinner. The reception was in the courtyard of the hotel, so we definitely heard (and felt) every speech, song, and rhythm of the wedding. Sleep was elusive, to say the least. Well, until SIX AM when the music finally stopped. I am not exaggerating!! On the plus side - near miracle- hardly any of us are overly sore from yesterday!!
This morning after breakfast we drove to a local church for their worship service. It was actually very similar in style to Woodlands, and our translators were spaced among us. Afterwards we came back to the hotel to change and get ready for lunch and an afternoon children's sports event. There were about 75 kids with ages ranging from 2 to 17, ready to play soccer, throw frisbees and footballs, fly kites, etc. Most of the little kids just wanted attention, as in Carina's case, who latched onto Jon Cronce. The final picture is of 19 of our team members crammed into a "combi," or bus the size of a minivan, on the way back to the hotel. Before dinner Lori, Jim, Phil Neff, Tim Olsen, and I walked down the road to the street vendors to find some candy and soda. We had a successful outing, and am I sure Justin will appreciate the new treats that I bring home!

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