April 30th was Allen’s 33rd birthday. Thirty of his closest Peruvian friends surprised him with a “Quema”. A quema is a fun tradition here where friends show up at your house the midnight before your birthday and begin celebrating with a bang! After sneaking in our garage without Allen knowing they began singing happy birthday accompanied by their Peruvian instrument. After several songs, they went around in a circle each sharing an encouraging word or story about Allen.
It was very fun and encouraging to say the least, a birthday he will never forget!