We have had an incredible short term team season this year! One of our highlights was having Covenant Presbyterian Church, Little Rock, AR here for the first time. They are one of our amazing supporting churches that faithfully and generously gives financially, prays for us, sends us care packages and keeps up with us throughout the year. They were such servants and only God knows all the seeds that were planted during their hard working week with us. They served through word and deed in our new Arevalo hospital on the outskirts of our city. Here are some highlights from the week. . .
A couple of weeks ago, we had a very encouraging visit from Christ Covenant Presbyterian Church (Hernando, MS). This church has been partnering with Cristo Rey since it’s beginning and now coming along side as we look to form a church planting team to plant in another city. They are a new church themselves, planted by Pastor Clint Wilcke (right) five years ago, so they know well the challenges. Clint has also been one of Allen’s mentors and accountability partners for the past 10 years, so it is great to have him involved in the work here. Bob Barber (middle) who is vice president of our CMS board is a founding member of Christ Covenant and also knows the ends and outs of church planting and was a huge encouragement to the pastors, apprentices and university ministry.
Our girls hanging with the “teenage” girls from the Christ Covenant team.
Thanks Christ Covenant!
So proud of our friend Zoila. She is a university student who attends our church, one of our missional cell groups in the city and SUSA (university group). She chose to do her school project on our mission. It is really nice to have a video of our mission in Spanish! Check it out!
Mary Allen turns 6 today! Yesterday we celebrated with a fun party with her friends getting “make-overs” (Latin American style) at Edith Cordova Salon. Edith Cordova owns the most prestigious salon in our city and she also happens to be a member of our church and missional cell group. She so generously offered to throw a party for Mary Allen, all we did was show up!
Our friend Edith, beautiful inside and out!
After a week of manual labor working construction on one of our churches, the team came over for pizza and a dance party fusion. We invited a Peruvian couple from one of our churches to demonstrate and teach some classic Latin American dances and the team demonstrated some of their “American” dance moves:-). A fun end to a great week!
Yesterday we celebrated Allen’s 37th birthday! At the end of a great day, he was TOTALLY taken off guard with a surprise party throw by many of his Peruvian friends and mission team. In good Peruvian style, they showered him with gifts of encouraging words, each sharing how he has impacted their life and how they see God working through him.
And any good birthday party here includes cake in the face!Happy Birthday Allen! You are loved my many!
With great delight we welcome Josh & Elizabeth Johnson to our Trujillo team! They arrived last night after 3 months of language school. Josh will be working with our micro-finance ministry in the most poverty stricken area of our city. Their joyful & energetic personalities will be a great & fun addition to our team for the next two years!
As I mentioned in an earlier blog post, last year I excepted my friend Carolina’s (pictured above) request that I be the photographer for her event planning business. It has been such a fun blessing to have this creative outlet of working beside such a talented person. Since she plans mostly children’s birthday parties, it is a very fun job! Earlier this week, her youngest daughter turned one! Carolina threw an incredible party with an “ice cream shop” theme.
Celebrating is one of the fun ways we get to live “in community” with others.
We are so very thankful for this family, they have been such great friends to our whole family!
Our missional cell group hosted an Easter party today as a way to serve the community and get to know our neighbors better. It was a huge success. Pablo and Emilio did an incredible job with some “egg games” and telling the story of Christ’s resurrection. And of course the Easter egg hunt (not a Peruvian custom) was a hit! While the kids were on the hunt for eggs, our cell group members were able to talk to the parents, inviting them to our missional cell group in the neighborhood as well as inviting them to our downtown church.