Because our girls have grown up in South America, we make it a priority to celebrate & teach them about the great nation they are from. We are so very thankful for all the blessings we have inherited just by being born in a free and prosperous country. . . only by the grace of God!
I love how several of our Peruvian friends have shown up at our doorstep this week bearing gifts of sparklers to help us celebrate! July is a festive month, we will also be celebrating Peru’s independence day at the end of the month!
Happy Independence Day!(Allen, not pictured. . .he is celebrating in Cajamarca:-)
One of the many, many things I like about Peruvian culture is how big they celebrate Mother’s Day! When I say it’s big, I mean, it’s up there with Christmas as far as holidays go. At school, there are dance practices, gift making, vacation days, all in honor of mothers. So, still a week away from the actual Mother’s Day, my little girls had a beautiful Mother’s Day program at school.
I love this picture below snapped by a friend . . . all the mothers and their camera gear, so proud of their babies.
. . yeah, that’s me at the end “Hi Eva!”
This Mother’s Day, I am super excited to actually spend it with my mother! She and my Dad are coming for their annual visit and it falls on Mother’s day!
“Dia de los Trabajadores” or Labor Day is celebrated on May 1st here in Peru. Our Peruvian friends know what it means to work hard. There are no government systems in place to fall back on if you are unable or decide not to work and very few retirement programs.
At school earlier this week, Abigail’s class did a cute musical number to celebrate and honor all those working hard everyday to get the “little” jobs done.
“Don’t be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.” -Dale Carnegie “There is no substitute for hard work.” -Thomas Edison
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.
Tonight was a special night of remembering the last 7 words of Christ. We had a beautiful candle light service in our living room with our Cristo Rey church congregation and many of our neighbors. The service moved our oldest daughter, Abigail, to tears. She was truly waited down with the thought that the Son of God suffered for her sins. She could not imagine how Mary must have felt watching her dear son suffer on the cross. All the more can she (and we) can rejoice Sunday morning!
We would greatly appreciate your prayers for a neighborhood Easter party our missional community group is putting on next Saturday. The vision is to not only serve our community with a fun event, but also have the opportunity to befriend and invite more of our neighbors to our missional cell group. We are firm believers in the power of the prayers of the saints and we feel so blessed to have so many praying supporters.
Allen and two of his wonderful “Timothys” planning games, making the invitations and getting ready to tell the most marvelous story of Jesus Christ’s resurrection. The girls and I took care of putting candy in 500 plastic eggs for the Easter egg hunt. Fun times!